Burn out is extremely common in today’s busy life. There are so many distractions around us and we never really get a chance to completely switch off and recharge. In the lead up to Christmas we tend to push ourselves even harder. Telltale signs of burn out are physical and emotional fatigue, insomnia, negative feelings, snapping at people and lack of focus. Burn out isn’t just about being exhausted or stressed, it’s a deep rooted sense of disillusionment with pretty much everything in life. You may find that you are just going through the motions, instead of engaging in life.
It’s easy to focus on short term solutions such as taking a holiday. Whilst this can help, the relief is quite often temporary. If we don’t make time to relax, we run the risk of feeling more irritable, tired and stressed. There are some simple ways to reduce the possibility of burn out creeping in:
Rest and relax
This is so important for mental and physical wellbeing. Make sure you get enough sleep, otherwise your energy levels and effectiveness will suffer. Take time out for you. Find something you enjoy, something that allows you to escape any negativity around you.
Make time to socialise
Spend time with people who make you smile. Those who you will have fun with and love being around. This will stop you from being stuck doing the same thing every day.
Put your tablet/phone/laptop away for a few hours a day and talk to those around you. Not only will it give your eyes a well deserved rest (especially if you spend the day looking at a computer), you will spend more quality time with your family and friends.
Take a lunch break
Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Make sure you take at least 20 mins away from work and enjoy your lunch. Getting some fresh air will help release some of the stresses related to work and will help you focus for the rest of the day.
Try simple meditation
Try using the Headspace app. You can use the app anywhere, maybe on the lunch break that you are determined to take! Try 10 minutes. You will be surprised how refreshed you will feel afterwards.
The physical and mental benefits of exercise are huge. Go to a gym class, go dancing, get out for a run. Just do something physical. The positive feelings you experience from exercising are addictive. It will also help to clear your mind from the fog that is descending.
Be good to yourself. Try to be aware of the tell tale signs and if you start to see them creeping up on you, take action to avoid burn out.