Finish the 2016 marathon in stride
By Natasha Archary
Contrary to popular belief human beings are not machines that run on electrical energy or alkaline batteries, so no matter what our personal opinions are of Kanye West we do feel really sorry for the guy, for his family and loved ones. In case you missed it, Saint Pablo was hospitalized on Monday last week due to a “psychotic break-down” brought on by sleep deprivation.
On Wednesday, 23 Nov, Kaya Central opened the studio-lines to the topic “Are you burnt out? Is it possible to work yourself to death?”
The responses from listeners were shocking, most felt that their employers were not concerned about the well-being of their staff and expected them to continue working and performing regardless of personal issues, fatigue and mental exhaustion.
The end of the year can feel like the final few kilometers of a marathon. Not only does your body want to tap out but your mind has already checked out and wants to be on white sandy beaches with a pina colada in hand. Let’s run with the marathon anecdotes for a little while longer: you’re at the last 3 kms, your lungs are bursting, your legs are cramping, your mind is telling you…“You can’t do this, it’s too much, you can’t breathe, JUST STOP!”
Yes, it does feel impossible right now but like all marathon runners who make it to the finish line, so can you. We know what you’re feeling, we feel it too. We are all counting down the hours until we can go on leave and switch off our brains for a full 3 weeks! So let’s all cross the finish line together with these tips to cope with year-end burn-out.
Fight year end burn-out with these 5 steps:
1. PICK A TIME IN THE DAY & SWITCH OFF ALL YOUR GADGETS
On November 14, Kaya Central attended the Discovery Leadership Summit and Arianna Huffington mentioned the importance of self-preservation. A self-confessed workaholic Arianna collapsed at work one evening from exhaustion & broke her jaw. She vowed to never let work get in the way of her health and mental state of mind again and has implemented this one rule into her lifestyle – she unplugs from technology at the end of her work day. The exception to this rule is that if there is an emergency she will attend to the matter but she makes it perfectly clear to clients and business associates that she will be unreachable from that particular point of the day and attends to work matters once at the office the next morning.
We have taken a leaf out of Arianna’s book and this is a rule we have since applied to our lives. It’s a week in effect and still early days but there are people who just don’t understand the boundaries of professional & personal time. It’s frustrating that you are expected to be on call 24/7 but it is something you need to establish with your business contacts unless you are in the medical profession we’re pretty sure none of you signed up to be on stand-by 24/7!
2. TAKE YOUR LUNCH BREAKS
When you’re exhausted it’s natural that your appetite wanes or it may just be tempting to spend your lunch break at your desk catching up on your social media updates & notifications. However, we urge you to save staring at your PC for when it’s actually needed. You can use the time to take a walk – a change in scenery will do wonders for your low energy reserves, take a yoga class or take a drive to a quiet park and have lunch there.
3. CREATE A FLEXIBLE WORK STRUCTURE
With things winding down take advantage of the option to work from home one day a week. If it is possible and should your line manager agree; the flexible routine could help you remain sane during these final few weeks (kms) and reach a level of zen you and your colleagues will benefit from.
4. REACH OUT
Don’t feel like the weight of the world rests solely on your shoulders and that you are expected to achieve world peace on your own. Let a loved one know that you feel overwhelmed and chances are they feel the same way, together you can help each other cross the finish line that is 2016 – spend some time visualizing the holiday you have planned, call up your friends and family and arrange an outing, watch a movie with a friend, have some drinks whatever you choose to do remember it is important to socialize with people outside of your work circle to remind yourself that you have a life outside of the office that’s waiting for you in T minus (enter the number of working weeks you have left).
5. STAY HYDRATED
Part of the reason we feel fatigued is because we forget to remain hydrated, Kanye West is an example of what can happen when we are dehydrated. Remember to fuel your body with an average 6-8 glasses of water a day. Dehydration can lead to a loss of stamina and strength as well as feeling lethargic or confused. If you experience dizziness, feel light-headed or unusually tired you should consult a medical doctor to give you the all-clear.
Hopefully, these steps will help you see out the rest of the year with full gusto, uhm let’s settle for 45% gusto.