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Three Steps to Avoid Burnout

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A working environment that values constant productivity while disregarding work-life balance is now being defined by the popular term “hustle culture.”

Employee burnout is an increasingly hot topic — and for good reason. Mental health is linked to physical health. This is especially important to keep in mind as many of us are now working from home.

Here’s how to ensure you’re making time to rest and recharge despite your busy schedule.

1. Listen to your body

Your body will usually start showing signs of burnout before you even realize what’s happening. Common signs of burnout and stress include the following:

  • Constant fatigue
  • Loss of motivation
  • Frequent sickness due to lowered immunity
  • Increased sense of failure and self-doubt
  • Decreased sense of satisfaction or accomplishment

Always listen to your body and take action if you start experiencing these symptoms.

2. Use your work benefits

Using any work-life benefits your employer offers can help you reduce the risk of burnout. Everyone deserves time away from work to practice self-care. Make sure you use any available vacation time.

Take advantage of any wellness-related benefits, like a free gym membership or discounts on movie tickets or local recreational activities or attractions such as museums.

AmeriHealth members have benefits to help improve their physical, mental, and financial well-being. Use the HUSK Movement app to find in-person and virtual workouts that fit your personal wellness goals, budget, and schedule. The HUSK Marketplace gives you access to discounts on gym memberships, fitness equipment, and nutrition and mental health services. If finances are stressing you out, GradFin can help with tips for managing student loans and budgeting basics. Learn more about how you can use these benefits to your advantage.

3. Ask for help

It’s okay to ask for help when you need it. This might mean asking your loved ones to help you with everyday chores or hiring a professional cleaning service if possible. This could also mean reaching out to mental health resources like a therapist or psychiatrist for extra help. AmeriHealth members can use Quartet at no cost to help connect them with a mental health professional.

Remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and self-care is health care. If you don’t prioritize your mental health, you’ll likely experience burnout and have trouble showing up as the best version of yourself in every aspect of your life.

AmeriHealth Team

The AmeriHealth Team is here to provide well-being tips and health insurance education to help you be your healthiest.