This has undoubtedly been a challenging year. The conversation around burnout was already an important one before we found ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic. But time marches on, and work continues to need doing. Managing stress and recovering from bouts of burnout may seem like a lower priority, but they are more important now than ever before. Here are four things you can start doing more to make sure you are taking care of yourself during even the toughest times.

1. Be More Intentional with Your Time

In a rush to get everything done (including celebrating the holiday season), it’s very easy to get lost in the thrash. Remember that to get everything done, you need to be intentional with your time, both at home and at work. Know what’s most important to you and your family during the holidays. Figure out what the priorities are at work. Balance out needs to be done now and what can wait for the new year.

For most of us, the holidays are about spending time with the important people, coming together and being thankful for all that we have, and celebrating the conclusion and beginning of another year. It can be all too easy to forget the WHY of all the year-end activities. Keep those thoughts in mind when things get stressful and when life seems more hectic than it should be. Also, remember that by saying no to the things you know you aren’t able to do well, you can say yes to the things you know you can do better.

2. Get Moving

Exercise is a documented stress-buster. It’s hard to make it a priority when things get hectic, but making sure to incorporate it into your day (or week even) can really help combat stress and burnout. It helps retain focus when your back at your desk and improves mood at the same time.

3. Go to Bed on Time

If you’re like most folks, it can be a challenge to say when exactly you fall asleep. Whether you’re up late working or watching tv, those evening hours are much better put toward getting the rest you need. Go to bed on time. Ensure you are getting the amount of sleep and the quality of sleep your body needs to conquer your goals. It’ll help your body actively bust up stress that’s weighing you down during the day.

4. Check Your Attitude

If you’re finding yourself fighting against a bad day after a bad day or are just not feeling like you are in a positive place with your work, the chances are that you could really use an attitude check. If you are tired from a long weekend or are otherwise not fully focused on the work, don’t fall into the routine of cutting yourself too much slack. Try to convince yourself that work time is for being productive, and use that energy to kick start your can-do attitude. Breaks are important, and without them, we all risk burnout. But if we are having trouble getting into the right frame of mind, some positive self-talk and surrounding yourself with equally motivated people can be just what you need to get the most out of your day.

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