The Mental Toll of Overworking (And What To Do About It)

It is easy to dismiss work stress as a normal part of the job, and to some extent, it is. But compounded and chronic exhaustion may be your body's way of telling you to hit pause. Often, we find ourselves letting our work control us, instead of the other way around. As it becomes more and more of a routine, we may not see that we are no longer performing to the best of our abilities until the results of our labour speak for themselves. Ignoring your body's cries for help can lead to burnout - and this takes a toll on you both physically and mentally. When left untreated, stress can open the door for a number of health problems: poor digestion, heart disease, heightened chances of strokes, and the list goes on. The theme of last year's Event Wellbeing Week was #itsoknottobeok which encouraged companies to develop healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress and take care of themselves. Shocklogic has a few more tips to help workers avoid burnout.

 

Work remotely

Having the option to work where you are comfortable, with environments that keep you inspired may renew focus and purpose. Being confined in office spaces can cause cabin fever, which minimises the ability to function and perform. 

 

Distribute work and outsource if necessary

Modern technology has cultivated a fast-paced world where it seems everyone is expected to multitask and wear more than one hat at a time. While some employees think that versatility is key to climbing up the corporate ladder, it may actually negatively impact your performance.

 

Find an outlet

Burnout can pave the way for unhealthy coping mechanisms and habits like drinking, smoking and binge eating. Wellness coach Elizabeth Scott says that finding a stress reliever outside of work could mean an outlet that helps you feel better mentally and physically. This could be in the form of meditation, exercise or hobbies that make you feel most like yourself external to what your job entails.

 

Find out more tips on Shocklogic's blog here.

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