Many experience burn out when working from home
It turns out that skipping the commute is not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact a recent Monster survey found over 51% of respondents admitted to experiencing burnout while working from home.
The home is usually a sanctuary, a place to relax and turn off the stress from the day. Despite taking time for self-care, a lack of structure in the work day leads to increased anxiety.
The uncertainty of the future also leads to overwhelming unease. Over 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment and those working from home worry that they may shortly lose their paycheck or have their salary cut. Many have the urge to show that they are good employees and deserve to keep their job.
Others are busy balancing being a parent, teacher and employee. This leads to work before kids wake up, during nap times and late into the evening. Increased work hours while in isolation can create a sense of monotony and build depression.
The first thing that you need to remember if you find yourself suffering from burnout, is that stress manifests itself differently for each person. You may be more angry and irritable while others might appear depressed or withdrawn.
To help alleviate stress, try to implement a routine and structure into your daily life. Try starting your day as if you are heading somewhere. Wake up, get dressed, and eat breakfast first thing. When your work day would usually end, close your laptop and put it out of sight. Try to set up a single room in your house for work. This way you are able to try and separate work and home life.
Remember, reach out for help if needed and try and keep connections with friends by setting up phone calls. Figure out what works best for you and know that it is not a one size fits all measure.