Simple Strategies to Avoid Burnout

burnout Nov 15, 2022

Burnout is defined as a form of extreme exhaustion caused by constantly feeling overwhelmed and unable to keep up with life's demands. It's a result of excessive and prolonged emotional, physical, and mental stress.

Burnout can look like the following:

  • A decreased sense of accomplishment
  • Depression
  • Digestive distress
  • Feelings of cynicism and emotional distance toward others
  • Physical and emotional exhaustion most of the time.

Burnout is common this time of year due to all that is going on, like family gatherings, holiday traffic and even financial stress.

Here are some strategies that you can incorporate into your daily routine to deal with stress and help avoid burnout:

- Sleep Well - poor sleep is one of the main culprits of burnout. Make sleep a priority, especially this time of year. Aim for seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night.

- Cultivate Healthy Relationships - improving your relationships can help you feel valued, heard and understood, especially during times of stress.

- Learn to say "no" - Saying this small word can go a long way toward preventing you from becoming overwhelmed by life's demands. Simply saying "no" helps you set personal boundaries and provides a sense of control over your life.

- Make a list of where you put your energy and attention - make two lists, one list of things that don't excite you and only exhaust you, and one list of things that excite you and give you energy. Really pay attention to those things that drain your energy throughout the day, and if possible, eliminate them.

It takes being mindful to identify the things in your life that are not serving you and causing you stress. Implement strategies that help fill you up and give you energy. Make sure you get adequate sleep each night, cultivate those healthy relationships, say "no" to things that don't add value to your life, and explore where you are spending your energy and attention, and change it.

While these strategies aren't always easy, they are important and will help you address the stress in your life, and ultimately help you to avoid burnout during this busy time of year.

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