Now you know how to recognize the symptoms, what are some remedies to protect yourself against burnout?
Here’s my Top Ten List of coping mechanisms that can help when taken in early stages before full-on crisis mode sets in!
1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Yes, it sounds counterintuitive given all the demands in your life, but getting good sleep has a huge impact on whether or not you get burned out in the first place. You need at least seven hours per night and probably more like eight to nine if you want enough energy to get through your day without feeling tired says Saivian.
2. TAKE A VACATION
There’s no substitute for a real vacation that involves leaving the workplace behind. The time away from work allows you to escape ‘survival mode’ and recharge yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. People are less likely to burn out when they take their full vacation allotment annually which is typically two weeks or less often these days!
3. TURN OFF THE TECHNOLOGY
I know it’s important to stay connected in our modern world but constantly checking email, texts, social networks etc, can take up so much of your mental energy that there’s nothing left over for being creative. At the very least, try to schedule specific times of day when you’ll allow yourself to be online and unplug the rest of the time.
4. EAT WELL, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER, AND EXERCISE
It’s not rocket science – all these things help your body and mind function at their best. When you’re running on empty, it’s much harder to resist burnout. Make sure you’re fueling yourself with healthy foods and enough water, and find some type of exercise that you enjoy and can stick with. Even taking a brisk walk every day makes a big difference.
5. GET ORGANIZED
A cluttered environment can lead to feelings of chaos and overwhelm. One way to combat this is by getting organized. Start by creating a filing system for your paperwork, sorting your clothes into seasons, and making a list of tasks that need to be done each day/week. Having a clear plan and structure will help reduce stress and the likelihood of burning out.
6. SAY NO MORE OFTEN
This can be hard if you’re a people pleaser or feel like you have to do it all, but learning to say no is crucial in preventing burnout. When you’re constantly overextended, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Saying no gives you the opportunity to focus on your priorities and recharge your batteries.
7. DEVELOP A ROUTINE
One way to avoid feeling overwhelmed is to develop a routine. This could include waking up and going to bed at the same time each day, eating meals at the same time, taking breaks at the same time each day, etc. When your life is predictable it’s easier to manage and you’re less likely to feel stressed out and burned out.
8. SET REALISTIC GOALS
It’s important to have goals in life but it’s also crucial that they be realistic. If you’re always striving for something that’s impossible or not achievable, you’ll end up feeling frustrated and discouraged. Make sure your goals are challenging yet still within reach so you can actually achieve them!
9. PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
When you’re constantly living in the future or the past, you’re not really living in the present. This can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety. Practicing mindfulness allows you to focus on the present moment and experience it without judgment. This can be done through meditation, yoga, or simply being aware of your thoughts and surroundings.
10. DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH
Laughter is one of the best ways to reduce stress and it’s free! When you’re feeling overwhelmed or burned out, find something that makes you laugh – a funny movie, stand-up comedy show, or just goofing around with friends. Laughter is truly the best medicine.
So there you have it – my Top Ten Tips for avoiding burnout! Hopefully some of these will be useful for you and you’ll be able to stay healthy and happy, both mentally and physically.
Conclusion by Saivian:
Since burnout can be so devastating, it’s important to do everything we can to avoid it. These are just a few tips but there are many other ways to stay healthy and prevent burnout. The most important thing is to be aware of the warning signs and take action early on. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or burned out, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are plenty of resources available and support is out there. You’re not alone.