Nearly half of brits at risk of burnout: Tips to avoid it

With nearly half of Brits at risk of burnout, according to research, it’s important that employees prioritise their work-life balance and mental health.

And while the games industry has made great strides in the past few years to promote wellbeing within studios, and to avoid ‘crunch’ periods for employees, modern working life can still mean that the threat of burnout is still very real. To that end, here are some top tips for workers to help them avoid feeling overwhelmed. They come courtesy of Instant Offices.

  1. Communicate Openly with Your Manager: Be honest about your workload and stress levels. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, schedule a meeting with your manager to discuss your concerns. Clearly communicate your workload, deadlines, and any challenges you’re facing. A supportive manager can help prioritise tasks, delegate responsibilities, or provide additional resources to alleviate the pressure. 
  1. Set Realistic Goals and Prioritise Tasks: Break down your tasks into manageable steps and set realistic goals. Prioritize your workload based on deadlines and importance. Avoid overcommitting by learning to say no when necessary. Having a clear plan and focusing on achievable objectives can prevent feelings of being overwhelmed. 
  1. Take Regular Breaks: It’s essential to take short breaks throughout the day to recharge. Step away from your desk, go for a short walk, or practice deep breathing exercises. Additionally, make self-care a priority. Ensure you get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and engage in activities that bring you joy. Taking care of your well-being contributes to increased resilience against burnout. 
  1. Establish Work-Life Boundaries: Define clear boundaries between work and personal life. Avoid checking work emails during non-working hours and resist the urge to bring work home regularly. Setting limits on your work hours helps create a healthier work-life balance, reducing the risk of burnout. Make time for hobbies, family, and relaxation to recharge your energy. 
  1. Practice Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Techniques: Incorporate mindfulness and stress reduction techniques into your daily routine. Take a few minutes each day for activities such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness practices. These techniques can help you stay present, manage stress more effectively, and enhance your overall wellbeing. By integrating mindfulness into your routine, you can build resilience and better navigate the challenges of the work environment. 

We have a whole bunch of resources and articles around Wellbeing elsewhere on Empower-Up. Take a look here.

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