5 Things To Do When A Burnout Kicks In
Life can be challenging. Sometimes it’s hard to keep going, but you have to try your best.
Unfortunately, for many people, the stress of work and life, in general, can lead to burnout. When this happens – what should you do? Here are five things that will help!
Try an Outdoor Activity
Try an outdoor activity. Go for a walk or bike ride; even just sitting outside and feeling the fresh air can help your mood! If you have an anxiety disorder, these walks will be beneficial. Also, it helps to take deeper breaths when outside in nature- not like indoors where it is congested.
For example, go for a long walk, take in the view from your favorite park bench or mountaintop, or walk around at night to see all the city lights. In addition, you can go fishing and learn a technique like preparing a worm rig for bass since fishing is very therapeutic.
Take a Long Rest
Take at least an hour or two of time off and go to bed early, sleep in (if you can!), and take a nap during the day if need be! Sleep is crucial for your body’s recovery from stress – it helps boost your mood and energy so that you can take on the new day.
It’s so important to take time away from work or anything else contributing to burnout. Taking care of yourself is your top priority, not your schedule – set it aside for now and do something relaxing like reading, watching TV, or traveling with family or friends.
Understand the Cause and Make Changes
Before you do anything else, it’s essential to understand what might be causing your burnout so that you can take steps towards change. For example, maybe something is making work too difficult for you, or perhaps there are some underlying factors like not getting enough sleep (or no time off) or even feeling lonely.
Afterward, you can ask for a leave or a change of shifts at work to better your health.
Mindfulness is the practice of being self-aware of your feelings and emotions, and it helps people feel less stressed, more hopeful, and happier. Self-awareness helps you notice when your thoughts are racing- then you take steps to change it!
For example, if you feel stressed about work and the thoughts won’t stop, try to shift your focus to another thing like breathing deeply or looking around to take in what is around you.
Talk to Someone
When you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, it’s not easy to figure out how else to get help before getting overwhelmed. So reach out in person or by phone call – even if they can’t solve your problem right away, chances are they’ll do something like hugging you or listen.
The last thing you want to do when burnout kicks in is ignore it and continue working. Doing so can exacerbate the problem and your mental health will suffer even more. Instead, take some time off to regain balance and focus on getting healthy again – physically and mentally- and do whatever brings you comfort as long as it doesn’t make things worse!