Burnout can happen to anyone. It is NOT a sign of weakness! It’s a sign that for too long you’ve had too much on your plate. People are not meant to run at 100% capacity all the time or do everything perfectly, or just do everything. Don’t just write feeling tired down to just being stressed, hoping it will pass once you’ve completed a project. According to HelpGuide.org, a mental health guide, there are key differences between stress and burnout.
This is when there are too many demands made of you physically and psychologically. If you’re stressed, you can still imagine that if and when you get a handle on things, you’ll feel better. You feel as if you’re drowning in responsibilities.
Signs of stress
- Over engagement
- Overactive emotions
- Hyperactivity and feelings of urgency
- Loss of energy
- Leads to anxiety
- Causes physical damage
- May kill you prematurely
When you’ve burnt out, you feel empty, beyond caring and have lost all motivations. There seems to be no hope that your situation will change, let alone change positively. You don’t feel like you’re drowning; you feel as if you’ve dried up.
Signs of burnout
- Blunted emotions
- Feeling helpless and hopeless
- Loss of motivation and ideals
- Leads to detachment and depression
- Causes emotional damage
- May make it feel as if life is not worth living
If you feel burnt out or as if you’re on your way there, jump into action with these tips. Just remember, getting the ball rolling is the hardest part, but you must that first step to undo or prevent burning out.
- Find the source
Figure out what’s causing you to feel burnt out, and develop an action plan to change it. We’re not saying quit your job, but through certain changes, you can eliminate the feeling of being burnt out.
- Disrupt your routine
Do something new and out of the ordinary. Changing your routine is the easiest way to feel more refreshed. Spend time on other things such as your family or a new hobby.
Make a list of what needs to be done and look at objectively. Mark the tasks that are the most important and start with the biggest objective first. Be reasonable; you can’t do everything.
- Set boundaries
Learn to say no or at least manage expectations accurately. There are only so many hours in a day, and you’re just one person, don’t break yourself to please others.
- Ask for help
If there’s something someone else can do, ask them. Turn to GetMore; it’s our calling to help you simplify life. Why suffer unnecessarily?
- Find value
Search for how you contribute value during your day. Maybe you pack your partner’s lunch or listen to a colleague – it can be anything, it can be a small act, but find your value in the things you do.
- Make time
Take a break from your computer, walk away from your problem or get up earlier. You have to make the time to destress; also, by shifting your focus, you’ll solve issues quicker.
Put your electronics away, switch off your phone and enjoy the here and now. Don’t let the constant flow of emails consume your free time.
- Take care of yourself
Exercise, even if you walk around the block. Eat better, drink less alcohol and STOP smoking. You only have one body – take care of it, and it will take care of you. Also, ensure you get enough sleep.
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