PROSPER – Self-care as an essential solution to beating burnout


SLEEP: Adequate and sufficient sleep is the most foundational element for building and maintaining proper mental and physical wellbeing. While the time of sleep can vary from a person to another, everyone should have at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily and establish a sleep routine.

MOVEMENT: Employees and employers have a joint responsibility to ensuring physical wellbeing in order to maintain mental wellbeing and avoid any unfavorable situations.

NUTRITION: Eating habits are one of the significant signs of poor or good mental health because eating disorders can among the most common symptoms of burnout.  Establishing a health diet will not only improve the physical wellbeing, but also the mental health and even productivity.

MINDFULNESS: Employees should be mindful of their conditions, needs, and issues and to do so practicing mindfulness through journaling or mediation can increase awareness about the own wellbeing, reduce stress and improve wellbeing overall.

THERAPY: Seeking professional support is always the best self-care solution, yet, it is not the easiest decision. Hence, there should be measures in place that support employees to become aware of their conditions and support them in seeking and accessing professional support.

MANAGEMENT: A key factor in self-care is self-management. Employees should be trained and provided with the needed competences and tools that support their management of tasks and time and be able to prioritize as well as maintain a work-life balance.

ENVIRONMENT: Building a supportive and inclusive open working environment can significantly help to prevent and counter wellbeing issues and prevent them from becoming problematic. For this purpose, it is important to have peer-to-peer support systems within the work environment.

FREE TIME: What we do outside of work can dramatically influence our work and its dynamics. Besides balancing work-life, it is important to use the off-time work wisely and in healthy manners. For example, practising hobbies or doing volunteering work help to create a sense of mindfulness and meaningfulness which in return aid the wellbeing and even productivity.

If you want to find out more, take a look at the PROSPER training modules.