Burnout is real, especially during a pandemic. Caring for yourself is of utmost importance during seasons of stress and challenges. Nonprofit workers and volunteers can reach a breaking point with the long hours, limited resources, and a lack of time to take care of themselves. What makes them great at their jobs can lead to burnout.
Without having the capacity to take good care of yourself, you lack the resources to care for family, pets, and work needs. As a result, the quality of work or care can fall short. For instance, caring for animals in a shelter setting, or even in your own home. As a pet owner, you want your furry friend to receive the best care possible.
Taking optimal care of yourself during a pandemic is crucial to your overall health and well-being. It’s also important to provide your employees and volunteers with the necessary resources to take care of themselves, too.
7 Ways to Implement a Form of Self-care into your Daily Routine and Fight Fatigue
- Seek support from a professional. Talk to a therapist to help you process emotions.
- Take time off from work. This helps you avoid burnout and promote a healthy work-life balance.
- Laughter is the best medicine. Laughing helps release endorphins and feel-good emotions.
- Get your body moving! Go for a walk, complete a workout, or do something that makes you feel good.
- Limit screen time. Spending too much time on social media can cause a rift in your mood, and can alter your sleep schedule.
- Be kind to yourself. Talk to yourself nicely and think positive and encouraging thoughts.
- Start a gratitude journal. Jot down three things you’re grateful for each day. On the challenging days, look back at previous entries to reflect on the good things.
Self-care looks different for everyone. What’s your go-to stress reliever? We encourage you to practice self-care regularly and encourage your employees and volunteers to do the same.