The outbreak of a COVID 19 has brought uncertainty (job-related issues, lifestyle, and economy) among the masses. It has also brought new behavioral norms such as wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, and working remotely (work from home) The pandemic has brought many changes in our social interactions and daily needs.
Workers from the manufacturing/mining/banking sectors had to maintain a physical presence at their premises where service-based (private sector) employees worked remotely from their homes. The first responders (healthcare professionals) had to report for work round the clock to provide the medical requirements to the general masses.
The pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on the employees starting from working extra hours and changing the perception of job safety. A study has shown that a major percentage of employees both onsite or offsite have suffered fatigue and burnout during the pandemic period. Here are some steps mentioned to take care of yourself and avoid burnout during the pandemic period.
Steps to be taken to prevent burnout
Set your own space
If you are working remotely then choose a specific place in your home for your workplace.
The space should have plenty of natural light, a comfortable chair, and a desk to keep your essentials.
Set your priorities for the day
Prioritize on the most important tasks for the day and inform your supervisors regarding the plan to finish the given tasks accordingly.
Prepare a daily task list and work accordingly. Give your brain some rest when you don’t feel like working. Keep some time for yourself.
Try not to be negative about yourself
The times are bad but one needs to be resourceful. Concentrate on the good things in your life. Talking to a friend or colleague when you’re feeling low will make you feel better.
You need to realize the importance of self-care. Try to implement healthy behavior such as going for a walk or cooking a good recipe. Try to get 8-hours of adequate sleep for better performance.
Limit your news intake for the day and try to take a break from social media as in these pandemic times, they can act as stress aggregators.
Keep communication with your employees.
Check with your employees if they are working remotely. Provide your employees with flexible work hours and perks to engage them positively.
The employee is generally concerned about job safety. Keep in touch with them and ask them what kind of support they require and try to assist them.
Do not skip your breakfast or lunch
Just that you are working from your home does not change your calorie intake routine. Move away from your desk and have your food intake.
Get some fresh air after having your food. Taking a lunch break keeps you motivated for the day and your workspace.
Active working is the most important part of any workplace. Go for a walk or have an exercise session before you start working remotely.
Take a regular time away from your laptop screen and stretch your leg. Stick to your regular working hours and switch off notifications after your log-in is done.