5 Tips to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed in the New Year 

As the new year commences, many employees want to return to work feeling fresh and hopeful for the new year. With nearly half of Brits at risk of burnout, according to research, it’s important that employees go into the new year prioritising their work-life balance and mental health.   

Flexible office space provider Instant Offices has provided some top tips for workers that will help them avoid feeling burnt out and overwhelmed when they return to the office in January.   

1. Communicate Openly with Your Manager: Be honest about your workload and stress levels. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, schedule a meeting with your manager to discuss your concerns. Clearly communicate your workload, deadlines, and any challenges you’re facing. A supportive manager can help prioritize tasks, delegate responsibilities, or provide additional resources to alleviate the pressure. 

2. Set Realistic Goals and Prioritize Tasks: Break down your tasks into manageable steps and set realistic goals. Prioritize your workload based on deadlines and importance. Avoid overcommitting by learning to say no when necessary. Having a clear plan and focusing on achievable objectives can prevent feelings of being overwhelmed. 

3. Take Regular Breaks: It’s essential to take short breaks throughout the day to recharge. Step away from your desk, go for a short walk, or practice deep breathing exercises. Additionally, make self-care a priority. Ensure you get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and engage in activities that bring you joy. Taking care of your well-being contributes to increased resilience against burnout. 

4. Establish Work-Life Boundaries: Define clear boundaries between work and personal life. Avoid checking work emails during non-working hours and resist the urge to bring work home regularly. Setting limits on your work hours helps create a healthier work-life balance, reducing the risk of burnout. Make time for hobbies, family, and relaxation to recharge your energy. 

5. Practice Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Techniques: Incorporate mindfulness and stress reduction techniques into your daily routine. Take a few minutes each day for activities such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness practices. These techniques can help you stay present, manage stress more effectively, and enhance your overall well-being. By integrating mindfulness into your routine, you can build resilience and better navigate the challenges of the work environment. 

“While January is one of the toughest times of the year for career blues in the UK, it is especially important to look out for signs of burnout later in the year as well. Stress and exhaustion at work impacts employees of all ages around the world, and at every level of the career ladder. Similar to imposter syndrome, high achievers and perfectionists are particularly susceptible to burning themselves out.” Says Lucinda Pullinger, Global Head of HR at Instant Offices 

Tatiana Rehmova

A glass half-full kind of a girl and a believer that everything happens for a reason, Tatiana works in Media Relations and is the Content Producer at Enhancv. She loves writing, spotting inspiring stories, and building meaningful relationships.