Feeling moody at work? Here are 5 ways to relieve burnout


Posted at Sep 27 2017 05:01 PM

MANILA -- In a time when technology can replace human resources, the pressure is on to work beyond office hours and produce more than what is required.

Excessive working combined with pressure to be productive may eventually lead to the so called office burnout, an emotional state wherein an individual no longer fulfill his tasks satisfactorily.

Symptoms of office burnout include moodiness, insomnia, chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, impaired focus and concentration, lack of productivity, and anxiety. So if you are experiencing any of these signs, better assess yourself and find ways to reduce stress. Here are some of the things you can do:

1. Create a game plan.

Instead of working hard, try to work wisely. Have a strategic game plan at work, in which you prioritize your tasks based on urgency and complexity.

Try to finish the most difficult tasks during the first few hours at work when you're most productive and enthusiastic. Then answer all emails before you leave the office so you wouldn't have to do this at home.

2. Learn how to say "no."

Often times, we feel overworked when we do tasks that are not part of the responsibility we signed up for. So it is best to learn to accept our limitations and say "no" even to your boss.

To help you say “no,” you should master the art of redistributing workload. Seek help from your colleagues, and ask for guidance from the higher ups who will help you reassess your team’s workload.

3. Rediscover your hobbies!

When you leave the office early, you'll have ample time to do the things you love. This is your chance to look for an outlet for your creativity.

Do you enjoy photography? Go on a photo walk with other enthusiasts. Marvel on the beauty of theater productions and rediscover the Van Gogh in you by signing up to painting classes. Whatever makes you happy and help you forget about work, do it.

4. Have some downtime...

Don't skip lunch or have it in front of your computer. Get a quick rest during your lunch and dinner break. Or engage in a friendly banter over coffee with your office buddies. This will help you disconnect for a while and refresh your mind.

And, if you can, it's also best to take a short power nap, which will significantly increase your alertness and productivity at work.

5. Take a break; Travel your stress away!

Ultimately, when everything feels wrong, try to take a break. Go on a vacation, and fulfill your dreams of swimming with turtles and witnessing the magnificent sea of clouds.

Traveling does not only help you get rid of stress, but it also rejuvenates your mind so you can have a fresh start when you return to work. This is the very reason why you have vacation leaves, right?

But while traveling sounds enticing, it may also bring upon a bit of hassle during the preparation stage-- from booking your flight to securing your accommodation. These transactions often require credit cards. And most of us are either non-credit card holders or are simply too afraid to use it for online transactions.

In order to make hotel booking safer and more convenient, leading online travel company TravelBook.ph now offers a Pay-At- Hotel, No Credit Card Needed service.

Launched in May 2016, this groundbreaking service eliminates the hassle of providing your credit card details, as well as paying initial deposits at banks and payment centers. Now, all you have to do is show up on the day of your desired check-in and pay at the hotel’s reception. This service is available in over 1,200 affordable hotels from across the country, allowing you to choose the accommodation that best suits your budget and lifestyle.

With this payment option, you can travel anytime without using credit card on your online transactions. And you can just focus on relieving burnout and enjoying your well-deserved trip. To avail of this Pay-At- Hotel, No Credit Card Needed service, register here.

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