In a previous post, I talked about the difference between burnout and depression, what the definitions are and how you can start to see and understand if you a heading towards one of these.
This blog post will look more closely at burnout and if you feel like you are heading down the path of burnout some of the initial steps you can take that will help prevent burnout occurring
It’s important to remember that burnout does not happen to everyone. This is a continual state of stress and chronic depression that makes you feel “out of control”. It leads to an inability to function normally, and has long-term mental and physical health repercussions. Basically stated, if you experience high levels of stress on a frequent, continuous basis, you could end up a burned-out shell and a shadow of your former self.
Fortunately, this is avoidable if you lead a high-stress life. The chronic fatigue, insomnia, mental issues, anxiety and depression which are symptoms of burnout are not inevitable. Practice the following 5 self-care activities and you can put stress in its place, avoiding burnout altogether.
Burnout is evidenced by constant and ever-present stress and anxiety. When you feel yourself becoming anxious, take a break. Pull yourself out of the situation which is causing your stress and anxiety. Take several 10 or 15 minute breaks each day to alleviate the stress build-up which can lead to burnout.
Consider socialising as nature’s answer to stress. Mental health professionals recommend socialising with friends and family members to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Socializing regularly can keep burnout at bay.
Meditating on a regular basis and learning some basic breathing techniques will go a long way to reducing the build-up stress in your life. This can take as little as two minutes or as long as you wish. The fantastic thing about these types of tools is they are highly portable and can be practised almost anywhere
Regular exercise, even just 20 or 30 minutes or more per day, triggers processes in your body that combat stress. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” reaction which is normal to stressful situations. During and after exercise, the hormones which are released, and the feelings you experience, fight stress rather than promoting it. Try to get your heart beating at 65% to 75% of your maximum heart rate for the most benefits.
Like exercise, proper nutrition empowers your body and mind to deal with stressful situations properly. Eliminate or cut back on the amount of processed foods like sugar, salt, fast food, fried foods and restaurant food you eat. If most of your food comes in a wrapper, can or package, it is probably highly processed. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and berries, whole foods and whole grains.
There is no quick fix to dealing with burnout when it hits you but if you can recognise the early signs or even better start some of these activities before it even starts to show up ion your life then things just got a whole lot happier for you
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