One of the best ways to defeat burn out is to make your job more enjoyable. Many people think that this is not possible. However this may not be true, sometimes you just have to change the way you think.

No matter how boring or depressing your job may be at time, you have to find chances to laugh. Laughter breaks the tension of difficult situations. It helps cut the stress you feel and the tension you may be under. The more you laugh, the better you will deal with work, and the less burned out you will be. Many are unaware that laughter suppresses stress-related hormones.

Listen to conservations in your workplace. You might notice that a good percentage of discussions are negative. Work on training yourself to see the positive in situations. Adding fun to your day will help decrease burnout. Here are several simple ideas you can incorporate into your workplace:

  1. If you have break room, get some little toys and games. Colouring books will bring you back to your childhood, a puzzle will take your mind off things. Games are fun too!


  1. If you do not have a break room, get little toys and games and keep them on your desk. You will be surprised how many people stop for a moment to play with your Silly Putty, shake a snow glove or put the magnetic beard on the man.


  1. Consider putting up a bulletin board in the employee lounge. Ask everyone from entry level employees up to administrators and supervisors to bring in baby pictures. Post the pictures on the board. Everyone will enjoy looking at the photos and laughing at each other. It’s fun to guess who’s who. It also shows that no matter where anyone is in the hierarchy of the facility, everyone started out as someone’s baby.


  1. Create a stress-free zone for when employees are feeling burned out. It doesn’t have to be a big space, it can even just be a hallway outside a conference room. Consider putting in a hammock or a lounge chair and perhaps an inflatable palm tree and picture of the ocean.


  1. Plan a visit to the zoo, the movies, the gym or a local café. Go window shopping by yourself or with a friend. What is more important than having something to look forward to after work?

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