For many people, over-exposure to technology and the blue-light it emits is completely unavoidable when it comes to working. After a day of working behind bright screens, strained eyes and headaches are common.
Although technology is essential to completing tasks and connecting with coworkers, it can also lead to digital eye strain and fatigue.
Fatigue and stress at work can often lead to a state of physical and mental exhaustion, better known as burnout.
Symptoms of Burnout:
- Lack of interest in work
- Lack of focus & productivity
- Trouble getting sleep
Whether working from home or in an office, burnout can be prevented by incorporating a few steps to your routine that emphasize taking care of your physical and mental health without sacrificing productivity. Here are a few ways to prevent burnout before it occurs:
Use Blue Light Blocking Lenses
Using blue light blocking glasses can help eye strain and fatigue that leads to inadequate sleep and decreased productivity. Blue light is not only emitted from digital devices, but also by the sun. Too much exposure to blue light can prevent you from getting the sleep you need to work at your full capability. This is why it’s important to incorporate wearing blue light blocking lenses into your routine.
Prioritize Free Time
Making time every day for an activity that allows you to destress and take your mind off work is essential to avoid burnout. Taking at least 30 minutes every day to exercise, go for a walk, read, paint, or do anything you enjoy will give your mind and body a chance to relax and shift focus.
Meditation has been scientifically proven to help reduce stress. Studies have shown that regular meditation and breathing exercises are powerful tools to combat stress. Even if it’s only 10 minutes a day, taking the time to fully relax and focus only on yourself can prevent symptoms of burnout before they occur.
Change Your Environment
If your workspace is dull or cluttered, you may find it difficult to focus and accomplish tasks efficiently. Being in an organized room with natural light and few distractions can help you keep your productivity on track. Additionally, changing up your workspace allows you to bring new energy to work whether it’s working at a quiet coffee shop or changing your current office.
By incorporating a few of the tips into your daily routine, you can not only prevent burnout, but also improve your physical and mental health while increasing your productivity and focus at work.
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