Avoid burnout while working from home

Posted on April 28, 2020

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Posted By Kendall Robertson
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Kendall Robertson

It’s hard to believe that May 1st is right around the corner. For many of us, the beginning of the “work from home period” started in mid-March as businesses around the city started to shut down their offices out of an abundance of caution. A lot of people we’ve heard from in recent weeks have reported feeling more tired than normal and even emotionally drained since starting to work from home. Did you know that burnout is possible even when you’re not at the office? Here are a few ways to stay healthy and avoid burnout while working from home:

Set boundaries

It can be easy for the lines between work and life to blur when you’re working from home. Experts suggest making clear boundaries and separate yourself from work when you’re off the clock. That means you should stop checking your emails when you’re catching up on Ozark before bed! If you find yourself skipping a lunch break, try making a point to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather we’ve been experiencing with a quick walk around the block.

Avoid information overload

While social media can be a helpful tool in keeping us connected with our loved ones during this time of social distancing… it can be detrimental to our mental health and productivity to be constantly scrolling through an endless cycle of COVID-19 articles. It’s certainly important to stay informed but try and limit your time on social media and choose a reputable source to get updates from such as Northern Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control, or the Government of Canada.

Talk about it

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, chances are your colleagues are too. Reach out to someone that you trust. The Canadian Mental Health Association recommends employers talk to their team about any concerns they may have as “worry and fear grow in uncertainty.” Sometimes stress can get the best of us, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself first!

Recognize that this is not business as usual

At the end of the day, take a moment to remember that this is not a normal situation. Many of us have been forced to adapt to the “new normal” while balancing work, life, and suddenly having the whole family at home under one roof all day long. Unless you usually work from home (in that case, please share your tips and tricks on staying productive) it will probably take some more time to get used to!

Take a look at our Health and Wellness and Business Resources for more information on how to keep yourself and your team healthy and happy during this time.

About the author: After completing a Broadcast News diploma at SAIT in Calgary, Kendall worked in a small TV newsroom in Dawson Creek. She was delighted to move home in 2017 to work at the local TV news station, where she reported on a variety of stories that affect northern residents, anchored the evening program, and produced an hour-long documentary about the history and growth of Prince George called “This Place We Call Home.” Kendall is a huge supporter of all things local and is excited to work with entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses.

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