I just went through a burnout phase after the holidays. It’s hard for me to admit it but I want others to know what I learned so that they don’t have to be stuck in it. Burnout can affect everyone. If you’ve been going too hard for too long, your body will eventually just tell you that it can’t keep up the pace.
Think about it, we push ourselves really hard for the holidays. We have lots of fun with friends and family and eat big meals and maybe we forget to work out during that time. Then, we set our resolutions for the new year and we set really big goals without an action plan to get them done. After the holidays catch up to us, the weather gets us feeling down and we forget all about the things we had been so excited for a month ago and instead we just feel like giving up on everything we had planned for this year.
Do you relate to any of this? If you do, you could be experiencing some burnout. Let’s look at a few ways that you can get back on track.
1. Focus on Lifestyle. Take a look at the things you’re currently doing and evaluate whether or not they are adding to your burnout. If you can see a few things that are adding to the stress or busyness of your life, decide if you can change things up a bit or even remove some parts to your routine that aren’t necessary.
2. Take a Mental Break. Get your focus back by doing something that you really love and does not require too much mental energy. Be kind to yourself and recognize that sometimes the best thing to do is take a break. When I was feeling burnt out, I focused on doing the things that were necessary for my business to thrive but I took a mental break from some things that could wait until I was feeling better.
3. Be Balanced. This one is key because it is easy to feel like taking on the world after we start to feel like ourselves again. The best way to avoid burnout in the future is to stay balanced. Don’t take on 10 new projects the moment you feel your energy return – this will just head you straight for the burn out cycle again.
4. Do Check Ins Frequently. Be aware of how you’re feeling and how your energy levels are doing. Maybe this will be a weekly check up, or maybe it will be daily. It all depends on what you know your body needs. Evaluate how your lifestyle is going and if it’s heading down the wrong path again. Make changes if needed. Take a short mental break every now and then and keep a balanced lifestyle. Doing these frequently will help you stay focused and keep you away from burnout.
I will be doing an online and in-person class on burn out and how to overcome it. It’s called “The Power Within You: Busting Burnout and Getting Back On Top.” More details to come but if this is something you’d like to know more about, you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll keep you up to date on when this will be happening!
I hope these will help give you some inspiration as you reflect on what is causing your burnout and what you can do to get back on top!
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