In a society filled with fighting for who can pile their plate of life up the highest, it’s difficult to not just crash. Wanting to perfect every task and not have to pass up a single opportunity, many people are starting to experience what’s called a “burnout.”
Burnout is a form of chronic stress that one experiences from overwork, whether it be self-inflicted or put on by a boss. It can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, as well as feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.
While experiencing burnout, your motivation plummets, both personally and professionally. And, it can cause insomnia, anger, depression, anxiety, fatigue, loss of appetite and more harmful emotional and physical changes.
Luckily, it doesn’t happen overnight, and with the right precautions can be avoided altogether. Here are five habits that will help keep you from burning out:
1. Make a schedule and stick to you
We’ve all heard that utilizing a planner can be a lifesaver. And it’s true. Having a visual representation of where and when you need to be and deadlines that need to be achieved can help you stay on track.
If you’re worried about other people in your life (i.e. significant other, roommate, etc.), having a shared calendar can make sure that everyone is on the same page. That way you can avoid having to constantly remind each other of events and instead enjoy the time together.
2. Add and keep “no” in your vocabulary
After you wrote down all your to-dos and events, you probably realized that there aren’t enough hours in a day. Telling people “no” will make sure you don’t pile work on top of your already full schedule. Remember: The only person you need to please is yourself, so don’t stretch yourself thin trying to appease others.
3. Find a workout routine
Adding something to your schedule may seem counterintuitive to avoiding burnout. But the benefits of exercise make you forget it’s even on your calendar. Finding an outlet to burn off steam and boost those endorphins will heighten your entire mood and put you in a better place mentally.
There’s a workout for everyone; you just have to find it. Some places let you try your first class for free, if you’re into group fitness, and almost every apartment complex has a gym, so no excuses! And, when you start a new activity, you get to buy a wardrobe to go with it.
4. Make time for yourself
Schedule some time to do whatever the hell you want. Whether it be a week-long solo trip or a four-hour hair appointment, take the time to enjoy some “me time”. You will only be able to help others, professionally and personally, once you’ve helped yourself.
5. Remember to have fun
Set aside some time for fun activities. Making sure that your life includes both work and play can renew your body and get it ready to go back to work. Whether it be a workout, happy hour or a nap, reward yourself for trying your best. You deserve it.