Feeling drained and exhausted at work is bad enough. When fatigue from work carries over to your home life, every day is a monumental chore with no relief. Here are a few things you can do to salvage your off-work life.
Take Care of Yourself
During the day, you may watch the clock, waiting for the workday to end, hoping things will get better when you get home. The problem is that if you’re exhausted at work, you’ll still be exhausted when you get home.
Taking care of your physical and mental health increases your endurance at work so that you have more energy on your off-time. Here are some things you can do:
- Eat healthy foods.
- Get enough sleep.
- Spend time in nature.
- Get some exercise every day.
- Avoid spending too much time on social media and electronics.
Develop Your Off-Work Life
It’s easy to look at the end of the workday as the solution to all your problems. Unfortunately, if you don’t develop your off-work life, it won’t provide any relief. Cultivate your life outside of work in these ways:
- Take up a hobby you’re passionate about.
- Give yourself a fitness challenge.
- Take part in sports activities.
- Take up meditation.
- Read or listen to music.
- Visit with friends and family.
- Volunteer in your community.
Learn to Recognize Burn-Out
Of course, it’s always best to get at the root of the problem. If work is where the exhaustion is coming from, you need to recognize that. Here are some signs that the drained feeling that’s haunting you is a serious case of burnout:
- You’re emotionally, mentally, and physically drained.
- You’ve lost all motivation and enthusiasm.
- You’re frustrated in your work.
- You’ve become cynical.
- Attention and concentration problems are decreasing your cognitive function.
- Your work performance is falling.
- You’re having interpersonal problems on and off the job.
- You can’t stop thinking about work, even in your off-time.
If you recognize that your work is burning you out, then you can tackle that problem directly. By changing to a different position or company, setting new work goals, or even just altering the way you approach your work, you can overcome burnout and get back to having a happy and energetic home life.