by Paisley Hansen
At one point or another, whether it was at school or at work, we’ve all hit the proverbial wall. It’s the time when stress builds and you feel empty inside. This is often described as “burnout,” where demands feel like they become too much for one person to handle. Many people fall into a slump, losing the motivation to do daily tasks. It can hit pretty much anyone at any time, and when that moment comes, it’s important to know how to bounce back.
1. Identify Burnout
The first step to combating burnout is to recognize when it has happened to you. Do you feel exhausted all the time? Do you get angry easily or withdraw from others? Is your performance at work not as good as it once was? Do you stress over work even when at home? Are you suffering from new health problems? Does everything you do feel like it doesn’t matter? Are you simply not happy? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you may be burned out.
2. Get Some Sleep
When our minds are constantly thinking about work, and stress begins to overwhelm us, it’s easy to lose sleep. But sleep is one of the most important things you can do to overcome burnout. Many people who are burned out sleep less than six hours a night, which can lead to more problems. Eight hours of sleep is the usual recommendation, so make sure to schedule enough time for it.
3. Learn to Relax
Outside of sleep, find ways to get some much needed relaxation. Find something you enjoy doing outside of work, like a hobby, that you can concentrate on. That in turn keeps your mind actively thinking about things other than work. This can also provide an opportunity for you to slow down and have fun in the middle of a busy life. Exercise is another good option. Working out keeps your body active and helps relax your mind. In case your schedule is full, many health and fitness websites show how to squeeze in a good workout in a short amount of time.
4. Watch What You Eat
Many people often turn to food as a way to cope with unhappiness, which can lead to weight gain and other health problems. Others actually go without food and skip meals because they feel like they don’t have time to eat. This can put added stress on your body. Whatever the problem may be, find the right balanced diet and make sure to eat nutritious foods that also provide a nice energy boost. Superfoods may be the right choice.
5. Go Offline
Those feelings of being overwhelmed can at times be compounded by technology. The internet is now easily accessible from almost anywhere through our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and that can lead to work and other obligations blending into every aspect of our lives. To combat burnout, try staying off your smartphone or tablet when it’s not necessary. Take a break by disconnecting, even if it’s only for a few hours. Even with all these steps, the causes behind your feelings of burnout may not completely disappear. Understand that recovery takes time, and while you get back on your feet, you’ll have some valuable experience for how to deal with the same problems when they crop up in the future.
Paisley Hansen is a health and fitness writer and enthusiast. Follow her @PaisleyHansen.