The model employer: tackling employee burnout

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With many workers return to the office, given the reduction in COVID-19 cases, adapting to a different environment is not always easy. Some workers reported suffering from burnout or stress-related illnesses.

This is not just a factor in returning to work, as many self-employed workers such as business owners or freelancers are also often prone to burnout due to long working hours.

For many employees, work and life have become intertwined, which does not help balance feelings of stress. To help people in this situation, Digital diary connected with Private Delamere Rehabilitation Clinic to share tips on how people can combat burnout as freelancers and the common signs.

To combat burnout:

Set goals and priorities

Having a mountain of work, with no plan in place to move forward can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be helpful to take a step back to assess which of your tasks should be prioritized and which will help you achieve your goals.

Talk to your colleagues or customers

Being honest with the people you work with, or for, about your mental health can often make things much easier. You might be surprised at how well others understand your situation.

By being open with others, you’ll have a better understanding of what you want from each other, which means you’ll have a stronger professional relationship in the future.

Ask for help

Never be afraid to ask for help if you feel your stress is getting too much to handle and you’re starting to show signs of burnout. Getting outside advice through counseling or therapy can give you a new perspective on a situation to guide you through any issues.

If you don’t feel comfortable with counseling, just reach out to friends and family to help you talk about your issues.

Plan holidays

Sometimes when work life gets too stressful, all you have to do is take a short break. Returning to work after a well-deserved break can give a person a more positive frame of mind.

The self-employed are often masters of their schedule and may overlook the need to take vacations. In reality, some surveys have shown that nearly one in ten business leaders spend up to five years without taking a vacation.

Consider changing things up

If your job causes you constant stress and you really feel like there’s no way out, it can be helpful to figure out if you’re really on the right career path for you.

You may not need to completely change your career path, but your daily work routine just needs to be changed. Consider making small changes like your workplace. If you’re stuck in an office or at home all day, you might want to find a coworking space or cafe to work from.

Sometimes changes can be as simple as investing in new equipment or simply taking more regular breaks from your work day. By implementing these small changes, you are less likely to burn out from stress.

Put self-care first

Work life can be demanding, especially for freelancers who are under pressure to meet deadlines from various clients. However, when we demand too much of ourselves, it can harm our physical and mental health.

Remember you come first. Maintaining healthy sleep and eating, while maintaining a rewarding social life and strong relationships is more important to your mental well-being than anything you do while you’re on time.

In a companion article, the signs of burnout are discussed.