Five Ways To Prevent Burnout

As a Sales Leader, chances are your job is hard and stressful at least most of the time. Pouring your mental and physical resources into the tasks at hand day after day can leave you feeling depleted and ready for a break. And if these feelings reach extreme levels — that is, if you experience constant fatigue and apathy — you may be a victim of occupational burnout.

Combating burnout is essential for professionals in high-stress and high-stakes jobs. Not only can burnout kill your productivity and lead to you hating your job (even if you know that you love it), but it can also have a negative impact on your well-being. Fortunately, you can take practical steps to avoid burnout, and if you’re already experiencing it, you can turn things around

Take Breaks

One of the quickest ways to prevent or stop occupational burnout is to take a vacation. Whether you have paid or unpaid vacation time at your job, getting away from work can prove invaluable. Even if leaving your home isn’t an option, a good staycation can do the trick. Taking a break applies to your regular workday as well. Stepping away from work during the day can improve your energy and focus and actually increase productivity.

Follow a Good Diet and Fitness Routine

Practicing self-care can make a big difference in your fight against burnout. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Also, find an exercise routine that you enjoy, and then do it at least five days a week. Many professionals find morning routines to work best because you have more energy throughout the day and are more tired when it’s time to turn in for the night. 

Sleep Enough

Speaking of sleep, be sure to get plenty of it. It may feel like you’re wasting time, but allowing your mind and body to recover and regenerate each night is paramount for your productivity and well-being. It’s recommended that adults get between six and nine hours of sleep each night.

Meditate Every Day

Meditation, particularly mindful meditation, comes with a plethora of health benefits. Practicing it a little each day — even if it’s just for 10 minutes — can significantly reduce stress, strengthen focus, minimize negative emotions, and maximize positive emotions. Moreover, self-reflecting during meditation can benefit your relationships and reinforce a healthy life perspective. To keep yourself focused on meditation, make sure your home is a calming space that’s free of anxiety and negativity. Simply decluttering, cleaning, and opening some windows can improve concentration and reduce stress. 

Unplug for Stretches of Time

All sales leaders need to use technology in many ways. And you probably use technology quite a bit outside of work. As amazing as technology is, it’s not exactly great for our attention spans, which is why it can be helpful to take a break from it every once in a while. For instance, consider spending a weekend (or longer) where you unplug from all forms of technology and focus on things like exercising or connecting with family or friends. Don’t be surprised if you come back to work refreshed and able to concentrate for longer periods of time.

Anyone can experience occupational burnout; it doesn’t matter how much you love your job. Start taking advantage of vacation time, and make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Try mindful meditation, and disconnect from technology every now and then to reset your mind and regain perspective. Implementing simple habits like these in your work and home life can help you to stay happy and productive for many years to come.

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This article has been written by our guest blogger Julie Morris - Life & Career Coach you can find out more about Julie's services here 


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