How to avoid burnout?

The year 2020 introduced us to so many different ways of living. We were always used to get up at early hours, have your coffee/tea/any drink in the morning, shower, get dressed, and rush to work - and some would even manage to squeeze in a workout in the AM before all of this.

Suddenly, from one day to the next, we've been obliged to stay at home and not go anywhere until it was safe to do so - and that, has introduced to a new way of working: Work From Home.


I believe it's safe to say that the working hours got blurred due to the fact that we didn't have to go anywhere, and we were expected to answer at any time of the day.


In a way, whether working from home has been a walk in the park for you or not, the amount of stress one has been placed in is something that hopefully the future generation would never have to face. From one day to the next, people were worried about various of things:


- If they will catch COVID-19

- If their loved ones caught COVID-19

- If they still have a job

- If they will get a salary cut

- How long will this situation last?

- How can I find the motivation to keep working although I'm home?


Needless to say, it is a situation that none of us expected to ever be in, and the term "burnout" has been used more frequently than ever before.


Burnout: A State of emotional, physical, mental exhaustion caused by stress.


The first rule to avoid burnout (in a COVID-19 reality, or any reality) - is to put yourself first.

How to do that? Well it all depends on you and what works for you.


The healthiest ways to avoid burnout:


Exercise:


When it comes to exercise, I personally always sigh at the idea but force myself to do it. There is nothing better than feeling like you've accomplished something that you know is good for your body. Personally, I always recommend to exercise the first moment you wake up - you start the day with a healthy mindset (which would force you to eat healthy throughout the day); and a refreshed and energized mood that would be the main theme for the day.


Nutrition:


Whether you work out or not, one of the main things anyone should do is eat healthy. You don't have to go on these extreme diets to be healthy - you just need to eat what would nourish your body enough to keep you going throughout the day.

In 1 day, you should at least fuel your body with:


- Complex carbs: sweet potato, oatmeal, quinoa, chickpeas, etc.

- Vegetables: zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, spinach, etc. The more colorful your bowl can be, the better!

- Fruits (natural sweetener - you can't ever go wrong with fruits)

- Protein

- Omega 3: fish, oils, and nuts

- Water


Limit screen-time:


If you think about it, we're in front of our screens for almost 12 hours a day. If you're not in front of your computer, you'll be in front of your phone. If you're not in front of your phone, you're in front of your Ipad, and the list goes on and on.

I can't say I haven't been a victim of that, because I have.

Since college, I've grown a love/hate relationship with my phone - that has pushed me to set limits for myself:

- After working hours, I'm 80% guaranteed to not answer your text unless it's urgent.

- At least once a week I just put my phone somewhere and check it only if necessary.

- Not check my phone for at least hours when I'm out (that obviously worries the people who ask about me, but now they know).

- Deactivate social every few months within the year to be at peace and reset.


So, again, I'm thankful for 2020 for pushing me to be mindful on where, what and how I spend my energy on - and I'll always be on the lookout for improvements and I hope you will too.