What is burnout?
Burnout is a state of inner conflict caused due to mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion.
The loss of balance between work and life can result in excessive stress. This continuity in
stress when left untreated for a longer duration of time may leave you exhausted, overwhelmed,
demotivated, or what we call it together, ‘Burnout’.
If you have been feeling drained, exhausted, helpless, negative, and lack motivation at the
same time, you may be a patient to this mental state called Burnout. In this blog post, we will
walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to identify and treat burnout in the most effective
ways possible and bring your life back to track with full enthusiasm and motivation.
What are the causes of burnout?
There are a number of things that can contribute to burnout, some of them are listed below.
1. Having a monotonous lifestyle
2. Not taking enough break from work
3. Having negative mindset
4. Working too much
5. Bad food and sleep habits
What are the signs and symptoms of burnout?
Read the points below and keep a check if you feel any of these.
1. You lack motivation in all aspects of your life
2. You feel overwhelmed
3. You don’t feel good enough
4. You feel drained and tired most of the time
5. You feel lonely and disconnected
6. You often look for escape and isolate yourself from people around you
7. You procrastinate a lot and you are not aware of the reason behind it
If these sound like you and you are looking for answers to these situations, keep reading.
Before we proceed on how to bring your mental peace back in life, I want you to know that it’s
completely OK to feel this way. Burnout can happen to anyone, irrespective of their age. You
can easily recognize and work on it to make your life better.
How to overcome burnout?
1. Recognize that you are having burnout- Acknowledgement is the first step that will help
you to tackle burnout. Notice each and every sign your body and mind give you.
2. Address the cause- Once you know you are facing burnout, try to know the cause
behind it. Is it because you have been working too much? Or maybe you haven’t slept
properly. The reason could be anything but you have to know it in order to overcome it.
3. Work on it- Now is the time to take care of yourself and take every step to overcome
Here are 9 effective ways to deal with burnout-
1. Reach out for help-
Talk to your family members, friends, or if needed an expert. Reaching out to the right kind of people will help you the most in overcoming burnout and improve your mental exhaustion. It’s completely ok to feel what you are feeling right now. Listen to your body and take into account every sign. Reach out to people who can listen and help you.
2. Avoid anything and everything that causes negativity-
Having negativity around in any point in life isn’t a good sign. Negativity affects our peace of mind and builds a negative aura around us. Let go of anything and everything that doesn’t make you feel your best. Or if not the best, make sure it doesn’t make you feel the worst.
3. Exercise and meditate -
Exercise and meditation when practiced regularly will help you to become self-aware. You will know more about your likes, dislikes, thoughts, and much more. Even with a busy lifestyle, take out at least 20-30 minutes of your day and dedicate them to yourself. Spend time with yourself and you will see the visible difference within a week. Trust me, you will thank yourself later for this self-investment.
4. Build healthy food habits-
What you eat is what is reflected in your health. One of the most crucial parts of having a good lifestyle is to eat healthily. When you eat healthily, your mood is good and eventually, you will feel better.
5. Allow yourself to take a break-
Working too much and not taking enough breaks is the fastest way you reach a burnout stage. Avoid working too much under any circumstances. Always prioritize your tasks and work accordingly. Take enough breaks between your work. The best way is to use a POMODORO technique. (Google it)
6. Practice self-care rituals-
The best companion you have for your whole life is YOU. The way you feel, care, think about yourself matters. Always practice some self-care rituals and take the best care of yourself. This will keep you far away from being burnout. When you think and feel good, you attract good.
7. Build routine and habits-
Having a routine with healthy food habits, exercise, journal writing and much more will help you to make fewer decisions in a day. For example, when you know what you have to do as soon as you wake up, you don’t have to spend your energy thinking “what’s next?”. This saves you a lot of time and energy keeping you away from getting overloaded with work and decisions to make.
8. Know when to unplug-
Work is a necessity but what’s also important is to know when to stop working. Have a system and dedicated number of working hours in a day with some breaks in between.
9. Practice Self Reflection-
Reflect on how you feel, what you think, what makes you happy, what makes you sad, all of this will help you to know yourself better. When you reflect you know what’s happening in your inside world. What you feel within will make a difference in having the most correct mindset and avoid the uneasy stage of burnout.
We really hope this was helpful. If you are dealing with burnout, please know that you are not
alone and this is all temporary. Practice these 9 Effective ways to deal with burnout and let us
know how they worked for you.