Feb 21, 2019

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How to Avoid Burning Out From Working Under Pressure

When you’re under stress to perform above and beyond at work, not being able to manage things properly means that you make yourself more prone to what is known as a “burnout”.

Burnout can make you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and unmotivated to get your tasks done, which is the exact opposite of feeling fulfilled at your work. This can leave you with a huge dip in your overall enthusiasm in both your work and your life in general.

But the good news is that there are ways that will allow you to work well under pressure to avoid the burnout and stay upbeat.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Recharge

It’s actually quite common in Singapore for workers to work long hours, or even take that work home with them during their time off. However, looking at those spreadsheets or reports for more than fifty hours a week is a sure-fire way to feeling that burnout.

To avoid this, it’s important to learn how to take a break and recharge during your downtime – and this means leaving your work in your workplace, and not taking it home with you.

Being able to take a breather allows you to relax during your downtime and take on your tasks with better enthusiasm, but if you find yourself having a hard time doing this, there are a number of relaxation techniques you can try out.

  • Take advantage of workplace perks

If your office offers unique benefits, such as a gym membership, health or book clubs, or company-sponsored outings, then use them to your advantage.

This can help you unwind your stress from work as well as give you the opportunity to get to know your co-workers better. More importantly, you’ll be able to unwind and enjoy your downtime.  

  • Straighten out your priorities

There are a lot of reasons to feel overwhelmed by the huge workload in the office, but it’s even easier to feel overwhelmed and bend to mounting pressure when you don’t have your priorities in order.

The antidote to this is simply to take a step back to assess your workload and figure out which tasks should be given the highest priority, and which ones can wait. By giving yourself a more concrete plan, you’re able to focus on one priority task at a time.

By doing this, you’ll not only keep burnout to a minimum, but you’ll also be able to manage stress more effectively.

What You Should Take Away

The most important thing to remember is that you should take care of yourself especially when working under a lot of pressure. Aside from taking a breather when the going gets a little too tough, it’s also important to take a little bit of self-reflection.

Being able to assess yourself, your work, and your relation to it can mean the difference between motivation and burnout.

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