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5 Tips for Returning to the Office After a Burnout

September 13, 2023 | by Télé-Ressources

A stressed woman at her deskIt’s perfectly normal to feel hesitant to return to work after suffering from burnout, especially if your workplace habits were the initial cause. It’s important to ease back in to your daily routines, and to allow yourself to be patient and kind to yourself. In this article, we’ll guide you through your return to work and help you manage your recovery following a burnout.

Look Out for Warning Signs

Pay attention to warning signs that indicate that you might be slipping back into old habits. These signs could include a lack of energy, irritability, feeling overwhelmed, or difficulty concentrating. Recognizing these signs early on can help you act before the situation becomes worse.

Avoid Overcommitting

Start by saying “no” to unnecessary meetings, projects, and other responsibilities that can add stress to your workload. Be aware of your limitations to avoid overwhelming yourself. Set realistic expectations and communicate your limits clearly to your colleagues and superiors.

Set Clear Boundaries

Establish clear working hours and breaks that allow you to recharge and disconnect from work. Resist the urge to check emails or work-related messages during your off-hours and, if working from home, create a designated workspace where you can focus on work without distractions.

Develop Stress-Management Techniques

Consider activities like meditation, yoga, or mindfulness practices to help you relax, reduce stress, and improve your mental clarity. You might also want to try exercising, exploring breathing techniques, or spending time in nature.

Experiment To Find What Works Best for You

Experimenting will surely take some trial and error. Don’t be afraid to test out different strategies and techniques to find what works best for you. Keep in mind that not all techniques will work for everyone, so it’s important to listen to your body and mind and try different things until you find what works for you.