Are you feeling exhausted, worn out, and just plain tired? If so, you’re not alone.
In a world where we’re always striving for more, we find ourselves constantly overworked and overwhelmed. Despite facing burnout, we push ourselves to do more and ‘smash those goals’, but what happened to treating ourselves with kindness, and putting healthy boundaries in place?
It’s time for us to have a talk.
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The desire that keeps you pushing for more
The expectation to achieve is not always a good one. We live in a world that praises being busy. If we want to be ‘go getters’ then we’ve got to juggle multiple responsibilities effortlessly. These habits leave you trapped in a cycle of wanting to do more in order to be a top achiever. But are you still thinking about your well being at this point?
Hustle culture & being overworked
The boundary between work and personal lives can often get blurred, especially if you aren’t conscious about setting boundaries – which happens when you’re gunning to be a top achiever.
Easy communication has made it tougher for us to set boundaries between work and your personal life. Something as simple as a WhatsApp message can pull you right out of your flow at home and into a stressful situation at work, and vice versa. People have access to one another 24/7, leaving very little room for healthy boundaries between work and our personal lives.
The problem with being someone who constantly pushes their boundaries by focusing on work all the time, is that it can seriously impact your mental and physical health.
Overworking can result in constant fatigue and this can effect the quality of work you’re producing. Unfortunately, many people disregard these warning signs and continue to push themselves, fearing that they will fall behind or be seen as lazy.
Here is a different take on the ‘work-life balance’ theory:
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How to break the cycle
Prioritise rest: It is so important to make sure to schedule regular downtime for yourself. Allow your body and mind to recharge by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
Set boundaries: You have to create a very clear boundary between work and personal life. Practice avoiding checking emails or taking work-related calls during your designated time off. Remember, your well-being is just as important as your professional commitments.
Delegate and ask for help: As much as we think we are superhuman, we simply just cannot do everything by ourselves. You don’t have to do everything on your own. Ask for help from colleagues, friends, or family members to lighten your load.
Once you start practicing these steps, the ease of the balance between the two worlds will definitely become a lot easier to navigate.
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