In our fast-paced and ‘always-on’ society, feeling overwhelmed is common. The growing perfectionistic tendencies are the key drivers of anxiety and depression in millennials. So, how to stop feeling overwhelmed? In this article at Harvard Business Review, Charn McAllister et al. explains a few steps that employees must take to protect their wellbeing.
How to Protect Your Wellbeing?
Adopt the Can-Control Mindset
Studies have revealed that adopting a can-control mindset will have a lasting and positive impact on the wellbeing, health, and performance of employees. Breaking down the task into smaller steps, creating to-do lists, and setting reminders will help you stop feeling overwhelmed. These steps will also keep you proactive and focused on what you can control.
Set Work-to-Life Boundaries
Many people begin to feel that they are struggling with a lack of willpower and an absence of motivation. If you feel unmotivated, it becomes incredibly challenging to self-regulate. Therefore, take a moment and reflect on why the job is “essential” to you. Then, set a hard cut-off for checking your messages from work, and physically enforce it – log our from your social media accounts and turn off your phone. “At a minimum, turn off all notifications so that you don’t hear or see the ‘incoming’ message alert,” says the authors.
Now more than ever, employees work in an office-less environment. It is crucial for leaders to communicate deliberately, but not in a haphazard fashion. Sending emails and messages at all hours of the day andnight will set an expectation that employees must also do the same. Therefore, as a leader, send the messages that ‘must’ be sent and avoid sending those that are unnecessary. This helps in establishing standards of “how” work must be done, not just “what” work must be done.
Dedicating time for your physical and mental wellbeing, not only helps you recharge from overstimulation, but it also relieves you of toxic emotions. To read the full article, click on https://hbr.org/2020/05/how-to-cope-with-that-always-on-feeling.