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How Not To Get Burned Out at Work

Working hard at a job or to find a job can be rewarding in itself but this is only one aspect of who we are. For women who are juggling a career and family life, it is important that working to earn money is approached in a balanced and healthy way.

Balance. What does this mean?

The essence of a well-balanced life is about everything in moderation. We can gauge just how balanced we are by asking one simple question: “Am I living in the present moment?”

All too often we hear that women are natural multi-taskers. While many women are able to handle an amazing assortment of tasks competently, many find that their life represents an endless string of deadlines to be met, both at work and at home.

If you are not finding the time to do things that you love, sigh with (a little too much) relief when the kids go to bed or find work-related issues dominating your time at home, then chances are you are not living in the present moment. This can be an exhausting way to live and further, it is likely that despite your hard work and dedication, you are not achieving optimal results for your efforts. How can we do our best work when we are worn out or stressed?

Living a life that is balanced requires a very simple approach. It basically consists of implementing a few essential self-care rules:

  • Eat 3 proper meals a day
  • Eat 2 healthy snacks a day
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night
  • Drink 4 glasses of fresh water each day
  • Get 30 minutes of exercise each day- this can be as simple as walking around the block twice.
  • Initiate 4 social contacts a week- phone a friend for a chat, meet a friend for coffee.
  • Change out of your work or job-seeking clothes when you get home- this creates a comfortable divide between the workplace and home.

When you get these basics in place you will find that you are better rested, have ample energy and are better positioned to achieve greater outcomes in the workplace. Most importantly, when we are able to work more productively, we tend to be more appreciative of the joys that both our job and home life have to offer.

Set yourself the goal of living by these basic self-care principles over the next 14 days and observe the changes that take place. Remind yourself that you are doing great! Keep up the good work and make sure you stop and smell the roses along the way.

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