What if your work takes more energy than it gives?

What if your work takes more energy than it gives?
A small question: how much energy do you have left at the beginning of the evening? The answer says a lot about how you experience your working days. This article shares some ‘energy-boosting’ advice with you so that you can prevent over-tiredness and burnout. “Are you doing enough things that nourish you? If not, how can you create more in your life?”

Remember that just keep going, you can save a lot of precious energy

Highly sensitive and tired

Does your battery run out during the working day? Do you no longer feel like doing fun things in the evening? In this time of busy, busy, fast, rest for a while and then continue again fatigue, and even burnout, are lurking. How do you maintain your work energy? It’s an art, but one that you too can master.

Even if you have the most inspiring job in the world, it’s not healthy to let your work dominate your life. There are many energy guzzlers on every work floor, although they are sometimes difficult to identify. That is why it is better to work proactively and immediately apply the energy-enhancing tips below in practice. Especially if you are highly sensitive, you can often feel tired. In this article, you can read special tips to prevent burnout.

Three recipes for instant energy

What if your work takes more energy than it gives?

1. Stop and take a deep breath

Take a break regularly, preferably several times a day. Sitting down and closing your eyes is also fine. Take three deep breaths; inhale through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Feel your feet on the floor. This way you immediately relax. Remember that going on and on can cost you a lot of precious energy.

2. Find a place of peace within yourself

If you have created a moment of peace for yourself, as described above, ask yourself how you are feeling right now. Take another deep breath. Feel in your body where there may be tension, breathe slowly towards it. Try to find a place of stillness or peace deep within yourself. Carry this feeling of serenity with you for the rest of your day.

3. Make up the energy balance

Take your time for this exercise, where you stand on the energetic scale. If necessary, plan half an hour on your agenda. You need a pen and paper for it.

Make a list of the things that cost you energy. What drains you? What are you getting tired of? And then make a list of things that give you energy. What makes you happy? When are you in your element, what makes you feel charged? Write down as many points as possible.

Then compare both overviews. What do you notice? How is the balance? Is the list of energy guzzlers much longer than the list of energy givers? View the points that are costing you energy. Are there any activities you can stop? Situations you can handle differently?

And then consider the list of energy providers. Are you doing enough things that nourish you, that give you energy? If not, how can you create more in your life? Is it time to pick up that old hobby or do something creative? Because fun and creative things give you energy and you can get into a flow. Or just do something you enjoy more often. That also recharges the battery.

Work that makes you happy

What if your work takes more energy than it gives?

Are the above tips not enough? Perhaps it is necessary to face the fact that the job you have now does not suit you (anymore). Then it is time to look for a new challenge. But how do you know which direction to look best? The following ‘W questions’ can help you with that. Let them act on you and write down the answers, based on your feeling or intuition.

  • What activities did you enjoy as a child?
  • What are your motivations, and who or what motivates you?
  • What are your values, and what is important to you in work?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What do you want to mean to others?

Ask yourself the following questions and write down the answers. Also, introduce them to some people who know you well and who you trust. This can be (former) colleagues, friends, or family. Their answers may surprise you.

  • What are my qualities?
  • What am I naturally good at?
  • Which characteristic characterizes me?
  • What would you compliment me on?
  • What work do you see me doing?

Have you completed all the steps, but do you not immediately notice progress? Be patient with yourself. Keep repeating the exercises for more energy regularly. Let the questions and answers sink in and sink in for a while. The new insights for work come naturally, especially when you let it go for a while. Before you know it, you are a barrel full of energy and you can enjoy life again, both inside and outside working hours.


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