Psychological well-being has become a strategic priority for us in our lives. We feel like we are being switched on and off like a light switch having to adapt at a mini-second to working at home, at the office, homeschooling and continuously changing quarantine rules with no end in sight. We are wearing out, some of us sooner than others, but in the end, we all psychologically, physically and emotionally running on empty. Our fatigue levels decrease, and the boundaries between work and home are blurred. As much as we manage to stay healthy, positive and optimistic, the overwhelming uncertainty is wearing us out. The quick indicators that you are moving into burnout are feeling exhausted, fatigued, detached, forgetful, ineffective, feeling hopeless, less productive, socially withdrawn, and perhaps increases substance intake.

They can be combatted through these three tips:

Tip 1: Set boundaries on your digital on-time

Be that scrolling through social media, answering emails or working late, set a time where you consciously do not engage with any electronic devices. As much as we love and depend on them, they zap much of our energy.

Tip 2: Taking regular breaks

On average, we try to run on peak performance for 10 hours a day. Aim to put in regular mini-breaks that will re-energise you and refuel you. The mini-breaks allow you to come back with more concentration, energy and focus, which means you can work efficiently and effectively. The same applies to weekends; take real down-time and embrace activities and hobbies that you enjoy.

Tip 3: Take back control

 Sit back and evaluate what you have control over right now and what’s out of your control. Let those items you have no control go and minimise worrying about them. Connect with your goals and purpose and re-evaluate what you can do now to move a tiny step forward in the direction. This is hugely empowering, motivating and uplifting.

About the Author: Kerstin Jatho

Kerstin is the senior transformational coach and team development facilitator for 4Seeds Consulting. She is also the author of Growing Butterfly Wings, a book on applying positive psychology principles during a lengthy recovery. Her passion is to develop people-centred organisations where people thrive and achieve their potential in the workplace. You can find Kerstin on LinkedIn, Soundcloud, YouTube and Facebook.

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  1. Debbie Munday 5 August 2021 at 5:51 PM - Reply

    Thanks, very true and much appreciated.

    • Kerstin Jatho 6 August 2021 at 3:18 PM - Reply

      You are most welcome Debbie.

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