3 Proven Ways to Avoid Burnout
A burnout is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. They come to many people and quite honestly, they are the WORST. They can occur when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place. Burn outs often lead to people deciding to stop pursuing their dreams because it got “too hard.” Don’t let that be you, there are ways to prevent a burn out!
Turn to people. As simple as that is, having a face to face conversation actually lowers your stress and anxiety and calms your nervous system. Find someone who is a great listener, they don’t have to be the answer to all your problems. Chances are, they probably aren’t anyways. As long as they have an ear to listen and care about you, talk to them! Opening up won’t make you a burden to others, don’t even let that thought come through you mind, all it will do is hold you back. In fact, most friends and loved ones will be flattered that you trust them enough to confide in them, and it will only strengthen your friendship.
Eat a healthier diet. I’m sure you have heard it before but that’s because it is beyond true. What you put into your body MATTERS. The foods and drinks you put in your body can have a huge impact on your mood and energy levels throughout the day. You may crave sugary snacks or comfort foods such as pasta or French fries, but these high-carbohydrate foods quickly lead to a crash in mood and energy later on in the day. Put down the fries and pick up a banana, I promise you will feel 10x better. I do enjoy a nice glass of wine, and guess what it actually helps with worry. Don’t get too excited, learn to drink in moderation. Alcohol temporarily reduces worry, but too much can cause anxiety as it wears off. Enjoy a glass, but know your limits.
Make exercise a priority. Now you may be thinking, “I thought we were talking about burnouts, why does this sound like a health & fitness post?” I hear you. All of these things help prevent burnouts from occuring. Your body is a temple that needs the best of care. Make a goal to exercise for 30 minutes or more per day. A 10-minute walk can improve your mood for two hours. Enjoy some sunshine, walk around your city, do whatever to just get out of the work space for a little and breathe.
Don’t let a burnout defeat you. You are stronger than that. Fear, anxiety, doubt, worry, they have no hold over you! Take these simple steps, treat your body with care and see how much better you will feel. Watch your creative ideas start to flow through your brain, and watch the joy you had from the beginning spark back up. You can do this!