I hesitated writing this post because I definitely don’t want to sound like a whiny, complainer. That being said, I felt obligated to write about burnout because it is very real and there are so many ways to deal with burnout if it happens to you. When you notice yourself burning out, you have two options. You can ignore it or you can address it head-on. Like most things, the latter is much more effective but also the more difficult solution. You can feel defeated to admit that you are burning out, but by doing so, you can resolve the issue and get back to being the strongest version of yourself.
Burnout usually happens when you try to do everything even when you don’t have the time or energy. It is often related to much more than work as well. If you haven’t already, you can read my post ‘Why I Quit My Job’ which discusses in detail how burnout effected me in my previous role, and what I did about it. In short, burning out is what happens when you try to take on too much and eventually you become so overwhelmed that you are doing everyone in your life, including yourself, a disservice. Symptoms of burnout differ from person to person. For me, it involved becoming cynical and negative, extremely irritable and constantly feeling physically and mentally exhausted.
So what do you do if you notice this happening to you?
Top 5 Tips & Tricks to Fight Burnout!
1. TAKE A BREAK-
Talk to your HR department or direct Manager about the situation. See if you have some vacation or personal days you can use. Sometimes a little break is all it takes to come back refreshed, well rested and ready to slay the game.
2. MAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE-
Make this a priority. Do not place your own self-care on the back burner as so many of us do. Taking care of yourself first is the only way you can truly take care of others. You need to understand that IT IS OKAY to simply do nothing once and a while. Sometimes, doing absolutely nothing at all is the nicest and most productive thing you can do for yourself. Click here to read my tips & tricks for Self-Care Rituals.
3. TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA-
When dealing with a burnout situation, the last thing you need is added stimulation. Temporarily deactivate your social media accounts and see how this affects your mental state. If this is too extreme for you, just try to unplug and at least spend a large portion of your day without your cellphone. Trust me, you will feel so much better.
4. MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP-
Burnout is even more amplified when you are only running on caffeine. Be sure to MAKE THE TIME to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. Doctors recommend between 7-9 hours of zzz’s per night for increased performance and productivity.
*Related Post: 10 Ways to Sleep Better (Naturally!)
5. ACCEPT IF THE SITUATION IS OUT OF YOUR CONTROL-
There are situations, whether it be with the company or your employer, where the burnout is no longer in your control. In cases like this, you need to acknowledge whether the situation is still making you happy. In my case, I realized the position I was in was no longer serving me or matching my values and I looked elsewhere. You need to be honest with yourself and recognize if it is a situation you have control over. I hope this article gave you some insight! Remember, the most important thing is to ACKNOWLEDGE HOW YOU’RE FEELING. The issue will never be fixed by ignoring it.You are not weak by not being able to do it all.. you are simply human! 🙂
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