Can't stay focused? Keep losing your concentration? Wondering how to stay motivated even when all you want to do is take a break? It could be that you're burning out.

When people burn out, they usually exhibit symptoms that are relatively easy to spot so that you can take the time to rest, recover, and recuperate. What if, however, you can't fully take a break because you're at work? Well, here are 5 ways to get through the day.

1. Make a to-do list

The most simple of organization tricks might be enough to take your mind off whatever you're working on quickly and easily. Make a short--or long!--list of things you need to get done when you haven't really done anything. It'll still feel productive, but not require more brainpower than necessary.

2. Nibble on healthy snacks

Despite how tempting it may be, don't gorge yourself on greasy or fatty foods in an attempt to distract yourself. Despite that you think it might help, it'll probably hurt you instead. It'll just make you feel more lethargic, and definitely less likely to work. Grab a pack of almonds, carrots, or apples instead. It'll leave you feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work.

3. Go for a walk

When you're trapped at your desk, you're a thousand times more likely to get cabin fever from your lack of physical movement, no matter how mentally active you may be. Take a 10-minute walk around the building, or even get some fresh air outside. Your time off is crucial to stimulating your mind again.

4. Don't sit on the couch

If you're already feeling tired and slightly out-of-whack, the least useful thing you could be doing is sitting on the couch. Rather than helping, or giving you full rest like the bed, the couch will trap you into a lethargic monotony for hours.

5. Stay positive

Regardless of what kind of funk you're in, sometimes it helps just to know that this too shall pass. Try to keep a positive outlook that, at the end of the day, it'll all work out--no matter how difficult it might be for you to believe at the moment.

Published on: Mar 31, 2017