Bust Work From Home Burnout With These Stress-Relieving Activities

Work from home burnout is real—here are five simple ways you can fight it.

by Andy Flores July 14, 2020 13:30 PM

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Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you’re not susceptible to burnout.

When you’re working remotely, you tend to exercise looser boundaries between work and leisure. As a result, you work more than you usually would at the office.

This rarely leads to extra productivity. In fact, it can even take a toll on the quality of your work and your health. So when you feel fatigue creeping in, take a break. Really, you don’t just deserve it—you need it.

Here are five stress-relieving activities you can try to ease work from home burnout:

Move It

Exercise helps lower your body’s stress hormones like cortisol and, instead, induces the release of endorphins a.k.a. the chemicals that function as natural painkillers and put you in a lighter mood.

If you don’t know where to start, you can look up quick exercise routines online, or if you like doing things your way, play some peppy music and dance like crazy in the comfort of your home!

Hit Play

Easing stress is all about stimulating your senses positively. And among the best (and simplest) ways to do that is by playing some relaxing music.

Think of all the songs that you find soothing and compile them in one playlist. Put it on while you’re working or when you’re on the verge of feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks you have to deal with.

You might be surprised by how relaxing music easily calms your manic mind by providing a mental distraction that lessens muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.

Treat Your Tastebuds

There’s a difference between stress-eating and treating yourself during a break to de-stress. Make sure your snack stash is well-stocked with a variety of healthy but yummy snacks like dark chocolate, dried fruit, and yogurt.

Such quick bites are known to give you a much-needed sugar boost and increase your energy levels to help you power through your busy day.

Catch Some Zzzs

Taking a short nap (about fifteen minutes) will help you combat fatigue and sluggishness without interfering with your sleep pattern. Known for its many benefits, these so-called “power naps” will recharge your body and improve your alertness and overall performance.

Start A Journal

Journaling has been proven to be therapeutic for some people. It’s a great way to release emotions you’ve been bottling up. Grab a pen and a notebook and just start writing whatever you’re feeling or whatever comes into your mind.

If you want to take journaling to the next level, visit Instagram or Pinterest for some inspiration to start your own bullet journal, which you can use to keep track of your habits, moods, and daily routine while getting creative at the same time.

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