Business networking is the backbone supporting some of the biggest sectors of the economy. Real estate, health and medical insurance, commercial banking, and more are all heavily reliant on the synergy produced by in-person and online networking.
But in spite of appearances, business networking is not some casual pastime. It is very much a valuable professional skill that requires time and, of course, energy. Accordingly, if networking professionals do not properly manage their mental health, burnout is possible. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to reduce burnout and increase enjoyment of networking – all while majorly improving your results.
In today's fast-paced, high-stress world, burnout has become a growing concern for professionals in all industries. Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long-term stress. It is characterized by feelings of cynicism, detachment, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment, and can have serious implications for both personal and professional life.
One group of professionals who are particularly at risk for burnout are those in extroverted, person-to-person industries. This may include salespeople, customer service representatives, and those in the hospitality and healthcare fields. These individuals often interact with a large number of people on a daily basis, and can find themselves under constant pressure to perform at a high level.
Here are some helpful strategies for busy, networking-based professionals to avoid burnout.
Self-care is not just for the weekends. If your in sales, marketing, or other networking based industries you’re interacting with many people per-day. This means difference personalities, energy levels, attitudes, and more. If you’re not careful about caring for yourself, it’s easy to get mixed up in the energy of others. That is why practicing self-care is the number of things you can do not only for your health, but also your success. Why? Because the better you feel the better you’ll perform - it’s as true and simple as that.
Here are some ways to incorporate self-care into a busy schedule:
It's important to set limits on your time and energy – doing so, in fact, is the only way to manage your stress, and managing stress is critical to your health, success, and sense of fulfillment.
Here are some tips for setting boundaries in the workplace:
Getting high-quality sleep is crucial for physical and mental well-being. You cannot underestimate the importance of sleep. Working hard is not the enemy of good sleep. Don’t romanticize not sleeping – instead live in balance and ultimately everything will reach its highest potential.
Busy networking professionals can improve their sleep quality by implementing the following habits:
Taking breaks during the workday is important to help you stay refreshed and focused. Here are some good things you can do during your breaks:
Learning how and when to take breaks is a matter of listening to your body. However, since that can be difficult in the beginning, consider simply using a basic scheduling system such as every hour an alarm goes off on your phone reminding you to take a five to ten minute break. And then, twice per-day you take a fifteen to twenty minute break involving something physical like a walk. This is a great place to start.
A positive mindset both has to do with many things. Top among them are one, being non-judgmental and kind to others. Two, focusing on the present, here-and-now moment (as in the work or person in front of you, and not what you need to be doing in an hour or tomorrow or next week). And three, practicing gratitude.
Bringing attention to the things you’re grateful for in business as well as in life can have an enormous impact on maintaining a positive outlook, even in the face of challenges.
Here are some ways to practice gratitude:
By implementing these strategies, professionals in extroverted, person-to-person industries can reduce the risk of burnout and maintain their well-being. Burnout is a serious issue, but with the right approach, it can be prevented and overcome. By taking care of yourself and setting boundaries, you can thrive in your professional and personal life.
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