1. Simplify your life
To reduce stress and have more time for what really matters to you, you may need to do less or to reduce the amount of work, and even look for a new job.
Whatever you decide, you will have to get used to lower incomes and lower living standards. But it is not impossible and may not be as difficult as you think. The consumer society is a big emphasis on money and property and it is often associated with happiness.
However, the reality is not so. A simpler lifestyle can bring greater freedom and satisfaction. To prepare for such a change, cut costs and save money. Try not to borrow money for anything you don’t need. Talk with your family about your plans and ask for their help.
2. Determine what is most important to you
Many would say family and health. However, they are first under attack when burnout occurs. When you determine what is most important in life, you will be ready to make tough decisions and to sacrifice other things.
For example, you might see that your job is killing you, but still think: ‘I cannot find another job, or to do less, I need the money!’ It is true that money is necessary, but how much and at what price is the real question.
Make sure that it does not affect what is most important to you. Your priorities are likely to differ from the priorities of your boss. For some, the most important thing in life is the job, but that does not mean it should be your most important thing.
3. Set clear boundaries
If your obligations at work are unrealistically large or you think that you have another problem, talk to your boss. Whenever possible, offer solutions that will be good for you and for him.
Show him that he can count on you – but also tell them what to expect from you and what not. Be far-sighted and realistic. If you want to work less, your employer will probably reduce your wages. Count on the possible job loss and be prepared to take action.
Keep in mind that it is easier to find a new job while you are still employed. Even if your employer meets your requests, it is possible that you will again find yourself under pressure to accept more work. Do not do it. This way you will make your supervisor sticking to what he promised you.
4. Take a break from job
Even if the job is not what is causing you any major problems, it is still not free from stress, complicated people, and unpleasant situations.
Therefore, be sure to rest sufficient and have time for some kind of recreation. It does not have to be expensive to make you and your family get some fresh experience. Don’t bind your interests and friendship relationships to work environment only.
And don’t value yourself through the amount of work you do. Every person is much more than just a job they are doing for a living. If you bind your self-respect only for work accomplishments, you will never exit the enchanted circle, and you will never manage to stop working less.
5. Take the process of relaxation very seriously
We are all different and relaxation can mean different things for every individual. But no matter what your thing is, it is very important to take it very seriously and to get yourself completely involved in it.
Your thing can be reading a good book, taking yoga classes, meditation, long walks, swimming or any other activity (or lack of activity). No matter what your choice is designate your time to it and don’t let any interferences come in your way.
Turn off your cell phone, ask your family not to disturb you unless it is the true emergency, and enjoy. Be a true hedonist at least for the time you planned just for yourself. And if your relaxation is hanging out with people you love, then just be sure to turn off your business phone.
6. Maintain your non-working life
Find the things you enjoy that don’t bring you any profit, but enrich you in a spiritual way. It can be a hobby, volunteering, sports activity.
The only criteria is that you should be passionate about it, that you find it challenging and engaging. The important thing is, like in process of relaxation that you are able to turn yourself off and participate in a non-working environment.
That you find something that will take your mind off work completely. If you have children, be creative with them, or take them to nature and spend the day in the open. If you have a lot of friends go and party with them, or spend romantic time with your loved one.
7. Sleep enough
Good night’s sleep is the most effective in fighting stress and high blood pressure, but it is also crucial to the regeneration of the whole organism.
Experts recommend seven to nine hours of quality sleep, every night. Those who are trying to combine this amount of sleep with the physical activity and still having time for other activities seems like a lot of wasted time.
However, if you sleep less, you cause more damage than you think to your body. High blood pressure, depression, lack of concentration, poor work performance are just some of them, not to mention that you will be a “danger” at the wheel. Also, the communications with others, whether they are colleagues or members of your family may be affected.
8. Organize your time
To be organized outside, you first need to organize yourself from within by defining your priorities, goals and how you want to organize your things and life.
Try to keep things in place. Define what you need and what to do and when to do it to avoid stressful situations caused by the fact that you do not know what to do. One hour planning can save you up to 10 hours of execution.
You can use one technique called the technique of refusal. Refuse to be constantly available to anyone, to check email more than two to three times a day, to go to too many meetings, refuse everything that consumes your time and brings you nothing worthy.
9. Get yourself unplugged
Technology made our life quite easier in many aspects but sometimes we forget that it is not all about being online all the time.
When you arrive home from work and on weekends, disconnect from technology and all calls, messages, and e-mails and be offline until you return to work. Check here and there what is happening in the virtual world and remember: none of you asks you to be online 24/7.
When you manage to do this for a whole weekend for the first time you will realize just how addicted you were and how life can be beautiful without technology from time to time. Practice this when you are having dinner and when you spend your time with your friends and family.
10. Ask for a professional help
It’s not a shame to ask for a professional help. If you realize that you had a burnout, and you decided to cope with it, you should try to do it by yourself by following these rules.
But sometimes the situation can get too serious or a person is just not strong enough. In this kind of situation, you should ask for a professional help. Nobody will consider you crazy or weak for doing that.
Professionals are here for that reason, to help people and you should know when is time to accept that help. They will especially be helpful in realizing where you make mistakes because sometimes different perspective is all that you need to realize some important things.