How to Kick Burnout to the Curb

by McKensie Shiner

Burnout: we’ve all experienced it at some point in our lives. If you don’t know what burnout is, here’s a quick summary.

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. The usual cause for burnout is stress, especially for a prolonged period of time or for a few consecutive days.

The most common cause of burnout is work-related stress. Because the average adult works anywhere from 30-50+ hours a week, it’s a given that stress can add up, especially when working long hours.

Burnout can also happen in relationships, parenting, and many other aspects of life. It’s easy to get burnt out, but a lot of times, we don’t notice we are until it’s affected our lives negatively.

Here are some signs of burnout to look for in yourself and those you care about.

  • You’re more critical of yourself and others

  • You’re easily irritated

  • You find it hard to concentrate on things you usually enjoy

  • You are facing headaches, stomachaches, or any other unusual physical symptoms

Feeling burnt out for a long period of time, no matter the reasoning, can cause your health to decline and put you at risk for certain diseases. If you think you’re burnt out, here are some ways to get yourself back on track.

Seek support from others

Sometimes, having someone to listen to your rant or getting a new perspective is all you need to feel a little more relaxed. Venting is completely normal and should be done occasionally to help you understand your feelings and clear your head.

Try relaxing with a book, yoga, or something you find calming

When you’re burnt out, the last thing you need is to take on some extra activities or to be worrying about being productive. The first step in combating this issue is taking a much-needed break and reassessing when you have a clear mind.

Get a good night’s sleep

Of course, when you’re not sleeping, you’re going to feel even more burnt out. The tricky thing is that stress and anxiety can often mess with our sleep schedules. Try to listen to soothing sounds before bed or drink some calming tea. This may help you rest a bit more!

Establish boundaries

Sometimes, establishing boundaries is all we need to cure burnout. When you’re sending work emails at 10:00 pm or not having enough alone time from personal relationships, you can easily feel overly relied on. Setting boundaries with yourself is a good way to stop over-exerting yourself and to spend more time on things you enjoy.

While these may sound easier than they actually are, attempting to do them is the first step. It only takes one small step to put you right back on the path of good health and less stress.

While we can’t always prevent stress in our lives, we can prevent burnout by taking care of ourselves and not letting it get the best of us. For more tips on wellness and mindfulness, be sure to keep an eye out for our blog pieces every week!