Avoiding Burnout When Working From Home

Sure everyone’s looking to find that perfect work-life balance, with a little more emphasis on the life and a little less to do with the work. But when you run your own business from home, either as a start up or something that’s been established a while, the reality is that your work life is far and above the area your head spends most of its time thinking about.

With the best will in the world, your business has needs and it requires your input so while the ideal of good balance is something to strive for, in reality it is far harder to achieve. This is particularly true if you’re battling an illness or just struggling under the weight of too many responsibilities.

Very often the stresses and strains can have a significant on your physical but also on your mental health. In this blog we’re taking a look at some of the signs and symptoms of over working and how you can address them before too much work leads to total burnout. If you are able to work from home then make sure that your working life is kept in check and take a look at these signs:

Stress

Stress is hard to deal with but it’s not quite on a level with anxiety and depression. The real problem with stress is that it can very often escalate into these issues, so dealing with stress is imperative to avoid burnout. 

It might seem counterintuitive to say but having a little stress in your life can sometimes be helpful as it spurs you on to make changes to your working patterns or deal with work problems head-on, whether you’re a truck driver or work from home on a property for sale site.

However, too much stress and it can have a significant impact on you and play out both emotionally and physically. You might feel overwhelmed or like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete your tasks.  This might lead you to feelings of sudden anger or sadness. You may also feel exhausted or sometimes quite the opposite, wired and unable to relax or sleep.

The resolution with stress is to tackle the issue or issues that are causing it. Unlike other mental illnesses the origins of stress can generally be traced back to one or two issues that are bearing down negatively on your life.

If the issues aren’t immediately solvable then there are methods for dealing with stress until that resolution can come about. One method, mindfulness, is useful in helping you to accept the situation and how you feel and channel more positive thoughts to dealing with it.

Anxiety

This is one step further along than stress and can have serious consequences on your daily ability to function. Symptoms of anxiety include paranoia, feelings of sadness and anger and a desire to hide away from everyone. It can also cause tempers to flare against those closest to you.

Anxiety has many different forms but the general feeling is one of worry and fear. Physically this can translate into feeling shaky, tired, weak and leave you unable to concentrate on the tasks in hand.

Anxiety can very often come and go and in the busyness of your working life it’s possible to mask these feelings. However, if you do feel anxiety returning on a more frequent basis, it’s time to contact your doctor for an appointment.

They may prescribe you some medication to treat the worst symptoms and they may refer you to a CBT therapist to help you learn to redirect your anxious thoughts as and when they occur. Anxiety can lead to burnout and therefore getting help as early as possible is the best route to go. 

Depression

Like anxiety, depression can take many forms and have many complex reasons behind it. If you’ve experienced depression before you might literally feel that you are sinking into a black hole. If you recognise this feeling and aren’t taking any medication then you should seek help as soon as possible from your doctor. If your depression is a recurrent issue then some targeted medication may be the answer.

That’s not to say we shouldn’t allow pressure and stress into our life, indeed it can help us to stay focussed and achieve the targets we set but if that balance swings too far in one direction the consequences can be serious. It’s at these times it’s helpful to have people around us to help us remain accountable to our health and our best interests. Work hard, relax harder and avoid burning out. Your business and your loved ones need you.

*This is a collaborative post*