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How to Combat Burnout and the Pandemic Wall

Working over the last year can feel like hitting a series of walls — each one bigger than the last. If you’re feeling that way, rest assured you are not alone and there are steps to combat the stressors.

Ask for the help you need

Managers and companies can support you if they know your needs. Different situations may require different intervention strategies. For example, struggling to meet caretaker responsibilities with childcare could be alleviated with a schedule change. For someone who feels immersed in the “always-on” digital workplace, requesting days off could help. Be willing to discuss your needs openly so they can be properly addressed.

Enlist the buddy or mentor system

Workplace relationships are extremely important for wellbeing, but it’s tough to maintain when the team is working remotely. You’ll need to reach out intentionally to “grab coffee” virtually, or check in with a colleague, mentor or supervisor for mental, logistical or emotional support. Don’t overlook the simple power of connecting, even if that means a virtual hangout.

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Proactively help others

There is a high probability that your colleagues are feeling the same way you are. Reaching out, offering to help with a workload or sending someone a care gift will help them out greatly, while also giving you an emotional boost. Research has shown that kindness is one of the fastest ways to elevate mood and boost resiliency.

Set boundaries and know when to turn off

Even the highest performer can only run on adrenaline for so long. Our bodies and minds need downtime and regular rest periods. So it’s important to take time to recover in between periods of intense focus. Take time to unplug with peace of mind and you’ll come back rejuvenated.

Finally, remember the basics: Take time for a lunch break, walk around the neighbourhood to stretch your muscles and get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep to ensure you remain productive. You can return to work with more motivation and focus when you’re more rested.

This article is contributed by Manpower Singapore.

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