Avoiding the burnout will pay off in the long run.
All too often we want to impress on the job. You know, we want to show we’re capable of doing everything our boss or the company expects from us. The result is that we end up losing out on some of life’s biggest pleasures, such as spending time with our loved ones, enjoying our time off, resting our minds and living life.
But what do we have to gain from not being always available?
Sanity: Most of us need to work to be able to afford to live, but that doesn’t mean that we should live to work. Making sure that you switch off at the end of your work day and do the things you want to do is a way of preserving your sanity. Burnouts, in fact, have become all too common, as people exhaust themselves physically, mentally and emotionally trying to please their bosses or simply by competing against themselves!
Freedom: We need to feel free to truly prosper and being constantly available at work – i.e. available to answer calls, emails and do work at any time and on any day – makes you a slave to your job. Yes, there will be times when you will have to take a call on a Sunday morning, and there will be times when you’ll need to stay at the office till 2 am, but that shouldn’t be every night or every Sunday.
Creativity: If your job requires you to be creative, then you will need a lot of free time to read, experience, research and simply be. This is crucial to help you be creative and come up with new ideas. So instead of killing yourself with work and allowing your creative pool to drain, take a step back and delve into the things you love. You and your boss will thank you for it.
Well-Being: When we’re stressed from work, we tend to eat more, smoke more, and sleep less. Not to mention that, because we’d be so busy, we have even less time to exercise. All this makes us feel and look unhealthy. At the end of the day always remember that only you are responsible for your well-being, so when things get too much, take a break and take care of you.
Relationships: If every time you meet your friends, partner or children, you’re answering calls and sending e-mails, then that will damage your relationships because what that is saying is: work is more important than your loved ones. Not to mention that this is definitely not the best example you can set for your children.
So do learn to switch-off after work and leaving emails unread. You’re human, not a robot – and that’s fine!
Do you have any advice for people looking to switch-off after work?