Digital Self Care
If you’re among the countless people experiencing burnout, this one’s for you. Modern work is largely digital for many employees, and according to a new survey of 3,900 employees and business leaders across 11 nations, it’s not going well. The study was conducted by The Workforce Institute at UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) and Workplace Intelligence and discovered that burnout and fatigue are equally concerning for employees working remotely (43%) and those in a physical workplace (43%). Work-related burnout combined with a global addiction to social media leads to nothing but compounding stress. We completely understand, and we want to help you fight it. Here are our top five tips for fighting digital burnout:
- Take screen-free breaks
As tempting as it may be to eat lunch while you work, try using that time to fully disconnect from work. It doesn’t have to be a long break but creating boundaries while at home can help fight burnout. If you’re stuck on a project, the best way forward is with a clear mind.
- Be mindful of the content you consume
This one is for all of the doomscrollers among us. For the sake of your own sanity, don’t get too caught up in negative news. Follow positive outlets such as wellness experts or mindfulness blogs to incorporate a lighter tone in your feed.
- Separate personal and professional communication
If you have an old cellphone on hand, turn it into an unofficial work phone. Just keep it connected to wifi and install whatever messaging apps your might need on it. When your work phone is off, you’ll be able to give your full attention to other things.
- Schedule your screen time on the weekends
Like tip #1, using the time to create boundaries prevents your work and personal life from blending together. Instead of constantly being on call 24/7, try designating specific times to check your work messages. Maybe Saturday between 10-11 am and Sunday between 5-7 pm are enough time to get caught up without wiping out your entire day. Figure out what works best for you, and more importantly, stick to it.
- Get help wherever you can
Say it with us, “it’s okay to get help.” Don’t feel like you have to give every single activity in your life 110%. If a friend, coworker, or family member offers a helping hand, take it. You never know when an extra casserole in the freezer will come in handy. You know that feeling; it’s been an excruciatingly long day and you don’t have the brainpower to even think about cooking. Or worse, doing dishes. Remember, you’re only human. It’s okay to slow down once in a while. After all, how can you take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself?
For many, it can feel impossible to unplug. However, there are small, manageable ways to help draw boundaries. From literally separating your work from home life by turning a spare cellphone into a work phone to incorporating more lighthearted content into your feed, sanity can be won back one step at a time.