How to survive the last working weeks of the year

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It’s been a long year, with technology continuing to blur the boundaries of work and home, bringing with it a pressure to continuously perform. Add in Covid to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster as we drag ourselves toward the finish line.

Being always on without the relief of a break leaves people overwhelmed and more likely to experience burnout.

According to a recent Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees, burned out employees are 63% more likely to take a sick day’s leave, 23% more likely to visit the emergency room, 2.6 times more likely to leave their current employer and 13% less confident in their performance.

“Burnout results in physical, emotional and psychological exhaustion, often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, self-doubt, being unmotivated, defeated and fatigued in every area of life.

“However, there are ways to regain your balance and feel empowered and positive about life once more,” says Natalie Rabson, wellness counsellor at Boston City Campus & Business College.

Rabson shares the following tips to keep going until the end of the year:

1. Reframe the way you see your work

Changing your attitude can help you regain a sense of purpose and control. Look for something that you enjoy in your work – be it connecting with others, assisting a fellow colleague or providing a service that impacts positively on someone’s life.

2. Redefine your relationship to work

Notice patterns, such as not switching off when you leave the office. Replace them with a greater sense of self-acceptance, recognition and self-nurturing by giving yourself time out to recharge.

3. Self-care

Create ways to nurture yourself physically, emotionally and mentally by exercising daily, meditating, eating nourishing foods such as fresh fruit and foods rich in Omega-3 oils (sardines, salmon, almonds) and getting at least seven hours of sleep each night.

4. Set boundaries

Learn to say “no” to additional requests on your time so that you can focus on your own priorities. Set aside times for relaxation and disconnecting from technology, especially a half hour before you go to sleep so that you are not constantly bombarded with information.

5. Be selective

Well-known life coach Jim Rohn said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Keep this in mind and surround yourself with people who have a supportive and positive outlook on life.

6. Communicate

Sharing your thoughts and feelings can help relieve stress. Although isolation may feel preferable during this time, it is important to connect with friends, family, your co-workers or to join a support group such as SADAG.

“Remembering that you always have this choice helps you to start feeling more in control of your life, enabling you to build up the resilience and positive outlook which will keep you buoyant until the start of the holiday season,” concludes Natalie.

The Citizen