Personal Development

5 Self-care Tips for Avoiding Burnout in a High-Stress Job

March 28, 2022

As an Executive Assistant or Operations Manager, you are constantly multitasking. All that bouncing around can be exhausting. And then, you may also have to deal with stressful personalities or projects. When you let the stress drive you, it’s easy to put self-care like working out, taking a lunch break, or just talking to another human being on the back burner. 

Many of us are good at scheduling everyone else’s needs but neglect our own. It doesn't get done if it isn’t on our to-do list. This is how burnout happens. Little by little, we ignore the things that help us recharge until we reach the end of ourselves and just give up.

Today, we hope to remind you that self-care isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity for your sanity and professional success. If you need help in this area, take a look at some ideas we’ve listed below.

5 Self-care Activities To Help You Overcome Burnout

Take breaks at work. Every day!

Taking lunch and coffee breaks doesn’t just fuel your body—they can also help clear your head. When you eat lunch at your desk, your mind doesn’t turn off work because it’s all around you. Of course, there are times you can’t get away, but those should be the exception. Getting out into the world, even if it’s just next door, can have a significant impact on your mood.

Stay active

Whether you work out, play a sport, or just take your dog for a walk, protecting your time to get your body moving is important. When you get overwhelmed, it can be easy to go into the office early or take work home, filling your normal time for physical activity. You may think this is helping you get more done, but you will probably end up holding onto anxious energy that gets released in negative ways.

Set work boundaries

It is unhealthy to be available 24/7. When work starts overtaking your personal life, you need to push back with healthy boundaries. Humans are not machines. We need rest time to recharge.

Schedule time with friends and family

Being around people you love, who can encourage you and help you get your mind off the daily grind, can be incredibly helpful. During stressful times, make this a priority to help you recharge. 

Get your daily dose of laughter.

Studies have proven that laughter is one of the best ways to relieve stress and tension. Try going to a comedy show or watching a funny movie after a long day. You’ll be amazed how the tension melts away and your mood changes. 

Office Otter User Tip: Set recurring tasks for daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly self-care items. Treating them the same as work-related tasks helps ensure they actually get done.