What comes to mind when you think about burnout? Feeling completely exhausted at the end of the day? Feeling stressed as soon as you wake-up in the morning?
Because we live in a society where success is defined as achievement, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Over-achievers often fall into the thinking trap, “I can do more”. Although there is nothing wrong with wanting to push your limits, this can also back fire.
Burnout not only exhausts you, but you are also less likely to give 100% in your profession. Whether you are a start-up entrepreneur or have a 9-5 job, finding strategies to overcome burnout is absolutely essential in your overall development.
Below are 3 of the most effective ways to overcome burnout.
1. Have a start and end time
When working, make sure that you have a start time and an end time. Put in your planner when you will start work and when you will finish work. We have all heard the term “work-life balance”. It is possible to have a successful professional and personal life. You just need to be disciplined in using your time wisely.
2. Unplug from technology on the weekend
When the weekend arrives, try to unplug from all technological devices. Turn off your laptop and phone for the entire day. This habit will allow you to unwind from a busy week and shift your focus on nourishing your mind. Try catching up on non-work related activities like reading, writing, being in nature, and spending quality of time with family and friends.
When you unplug from technology, you’re giving yourself permission to recharge. Pick a day and time that’s most convenient for you. Whether it be a whole day or a few hours in the evening, turn off all technological devices. Use this time to nourish your mind. Whatever it is, go for it! You deserve it.
3. Turn off the television
Rather than watching television in the evening, pick an activity that nourishes your mind. After a long day at work, instead of glaring at the TV screen, try meditating, reading, cooking or even exercising.
Choose one of these stress relieving options for 21 days, then do the next two options. Do all three suggestions until they become a habit. Be committed and you’ll experience less burnout.
You are ultimately in control of your state of mind. By taking these simple actions, you have the power to control your burnout. Just take action!