I was burnt out but didn’t know it. I had to dig deep to find ways to rejuvenate myself. While running for the bus one day, I realized something was wrong. My legs wouldn’t move. I watched in distressed as the bus pulled away from the curb. But that was the least of my problems. I didn’t realize it at the time but I had neglected my health in a vicious cycle of work, commute, home.
If you’ve recently suffered burnout, you’ll likely be looking for ways to restore your sense of wellbeing. It’s important to treat yourself lovingly after trauma to your system so you don’t develop chronic health conditions. There are many ways you can rejuvenate yourself. Most ways does not take a lot of time. However, we need to be consistent in our self care.
But first, what is burnout? According to freedictionary.com,burnout is emotional and physical exhaustion resulting from a combination of exposure to environmental and internal stressors, and inadequate coping and adaptive skills. Avoiding prolonged stress might be one way of avoiding burnout. I talk about ways to deal with stress in Simple Ways Solo Moms can Reduce Stress.
Burnout can cause all sorts of mental and emotional issues, including anxiety and depression. You should try to recognize the signs that lead to burnout, but this may not always be possible. If you concentrate on rejuvenating yourself after burnout, you can avoid these issues and get your true self back.
Ninety nine percent of the time it’s not urgent and to create a culture where you are constantly plugged in and expected to be always “on” is to create a culture of burnout. ~~ Arianna Huffington
Consider these burnout tips to help you regain your strength:
1. Find a new direction. The best, most permanent, way to deal with burnout is to focus on making sustainable life changes. Ask yourself whether you’re happy in your current situation. Perhaps it’s time to make a major life shift, such as a new career or downsizing your home. Sometimes you may need to move to a new home or even a different country.
2. Take a break. It’s best to get away from the situation that has caused you to burn out. This may mean going out for a walk and getting away for a few hours, or it may mean giving yourself a full blown vacation. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money for a vacation. Your goal is to relax and clear your mind. You can certainly do this at home or in your local community.
3. Solve the problem. If you’re currently in the middle of a stressful situation, take action to solve the problem right away as best as you can. Consider the possible solutions to the problem and ask for help from others if necessary.
4. Gain control. Take control of the situation where possible. Realize that you can solve your problems and you’re not doomed to remain in this state forever. Also, have the wisdom to accept that there are situations that are beyond your control. Do what you can to improve your situation, but avoid worrying about the things you can’t control.
5. Seek help. Sometimes it’s best to set your pride aside and ask for help when you need it. Open up about the issues you’re facing with a close friend or relative. Consider enlisting the assistance of a therapist or a life coach. Although either option could be costly, you may find compromise by seeking out a personal or professional mentor.
If burnout happens often, consider adapting these or other stress management techniques. Also, the post mentioned above, has some common but useful strategies to help you manage stress.
These tips below should also help you to manage or remove some level of stress:
- Don’t take on too much at work or at home.
- Remember that you can – and should – tell people “no.”
- Make time for yourself.
- Ask for help from others.
Know Your Warning Signs
Once you’ve suffered burnout, you’ll certainly want to know how you can avoid a similar situation in the future. Study the factors that led to burnout, and identify mistakes so you can avoid making them again in the future.
One of my favorite influencers, Brendon Burchard lists his four big ideas to avoid burnout in the video above.
Finally, the NY Times article, reminds us that our bodies are designed to rejuvenate itself. Help is available all around us. But remember too that you may find help and support from your doctor as well.
In the End
Putting some of the above strategies into practice, may help you avoid burnout altogether. If there are any outstanding issues that you need to resolve, seek solutions so you can achieve contentment and joy. At a minimum, you may be able to limit or weaken the effect of burnout on your wellbeing.