How to Avoid Burnout if Work From Home Becomes Permanent

If your office job transitions to permanently working from home, there are still a limited number of hours you should work every day to avoid exhaustion and burnout. Here are a few tips on how to recognize the symptoms of burnout and deal with them before you become overwhelmed with anxiety.

Mood swings, feeling drained, and being afraid to delegate tasks are signs you may be headed towards burnout. Sudden, unprompted irritation and angry outbursts at things you usually handle without thinking twice about are red flags that exhaustion is taking a toll. Burnout does not happen all at once. It is a slow process of grinding down that left unchecked can lead to panic attacks and depression.

If you are feeling these symptoms, talk to your boss. Create a list to help identify what you are struggling with most. Working from home can bring with it unrealistic deadlines, changes to company culture, and excessive workloads.

Learn to trust that your team can provide support for you during this chaotic time. Your colleagues are trained to do their jobs too, so try not to micromanage. Encourage open communication, share calendars to add structure. Offer support and guidance when needed. When changes are made, acknowledge the input from team members that led to those changes.

Since you are stuck at home, use this chance to streamline your day, and work smarter, not longer. It is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone, so resist beating yourself up if you are not being as productive or working as quickly as you normally do in the office.

This is an opportunity to reinvent yourself as a remote employee, and it is in everyone’s interest that you avoid burn out. It is easier to keep a battery charged than put it all back into an empty one.