Many professionals try to do it all, balancing successful careers with fulfilling home lives. The issue is, finding the time and energy to keep up with both isn’t easy. That’s especially true if you’re no longer passionate about your career or overtasked at home.
Fortunately, it’s possible to avoid career burnout and feel fulfilled, all while succeeding personally and professionally. If you want to pull it off, here are some tips, presented below by This Lady Blogs.
Speak with a Professional to Regain Your Footing
If you’re struggling with feelings of frustration, exhaustion, or annoyance with your career already, speaking with a medical professional could be wise. By talking with your family doctor, you can ensure that there isn’t a physical cause for what you’re feeling, as that’s always a possibility. Additionally, working with a mental health professional can get the support you need.
While there is a relationship between burnout, depression, and anxiety, that doesn’t mean they’re exactly the same. But since they have symptoms in common and can co-occur, speaking with a mental health professional is essential. They can determine if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, burnout, or a mix. Plus, they can develop a personalized treatment plan to help you get back on track.
Embrace Delegation to Make More Time for Self-Care
Self-care can be critical for managing stress and staying healthy, but it’s hard to fit into a busy schedule. If you struggle to find time for self-care, delegating could be the answer.
Many busy professionals who also have significant home responsibilities try to do it all on their own. While this may work for a short while, burning the candle at both ends long-term increases your odds of burnout.
Asking for help can be difficult, but it’s a necessity. If you’re overtasked at work, speak with your boss, colleagues, or employees (depending on your position) to discuss redistributing some of your workloads. On the home front, reach out to your household members to discuss your needs and see if anyone can take on extra tasks.
If no one else can handle more responsibilities, then it may be time to hire service providers to lessen your burden. For example, you can hire a lawn service to maintain a beautiful yard. Evaluate companies by first searching online for a “yard service near me” and then reading reviews online and requesting quotes. If you’re worried about the cost, focus on companies offering deals or credits, ensuring you won’t bust your budget.
Take All of Your Breaks (Including Vacations)
Breaks from work are a chance to rest and rejuvenate. However, many people don’t take breaks, even if allowed. Fifty-five percent of professionals don’t use all of their paid vacation time, and 29 percent don’t stop working even for meals. That means many professionals are pushing themselves incredibly hard, a situation that can lead to burnout and other issues.
If you want to excel in your life, take your breaks. When it’s time for a meal at work, step away from your workstation and eat elsewhere, giving yourself a chance to disconnect mentally and relax. When you are allowed a 10- or 15-minute break, use that time to get up, stretch, and take a brisk walk, giving yourself a chance to shake off some of the daily stresses.
If you have vacation time available, schedule time off. Even if you just take a staycation, it’ll give you the time away you need to recharge.