5 Tips For Tackling A Burnout To Help You Feel Better
Have you ever had that “ugh” feeling that you just can’t shake? Constant exhaustion and zero motivation? Well my friend, I’m here to tell you that you very well may be burned out. How do I know this? Because I spent the majority of October feeling the very same way. While going through comments last night, I discovered to my horror that I’ve only posted three times this month. Which is a very unwelcome change to my usual twelve. I always push myself to be consistent with everything that I do. I try to give 110% every single time, and being wracked with guilt when I don’t.
But this month, it just wasn’t happening. And with good reason. Between work, flitting back between my parent’s house, our old apartment and our new one. And with a nasty flu in between, I couldn’t help but hang up my blogging keyboard for a few weeks. I physically wasn’t able to think straight. Let alone take photos and churn out three posts a week that I was happy and proud for your eyes to feast on. Something had to give, and I’m sorry to say that it was blogging. If you’ve read my latest post before this one, you’ll know that I’ve since had a week’s holidays from work. I’m happy to say that I’m feeling much better for it. So today, I’m giving you five tips on how to deal with a burn out, the right way. Hope anyone in need finds them helpful!
Accept that you’re burned out.
This is a critical first step. I was in denial about my burnout and instead of dealing with it. So I tried to push myself even harder. Needless to say, it ended with my stress levels at an all-time high. Which isn’t exactly ideal when you have seven million other things to deal with. Like unpacking 10+ cardboard boxes, having feral kittens running around the kitchen, and deciding which coffee table to buy. Things became a lot easier for me when I realized what was truly going on, which brings me to step two…
Take naps, and lots of them.
Similar to when you’re sick or just feeling crap in general, sleep is always the cure. Burning out isn’t fun, and it takes a lot to build yourself back up again, hence sleep is a necessity here. Sleep, food and clothing are basic human needs, and should definitely be adhered to. I’m telling you to nap, what’s not to love about that?
Introduce wholesome, healthy foods into your diet.
A bad diet and immune system only makes a burnout worse. So be sure to improve your diet while you’re recovering. Improving how you feel physically via what you consume will get you back on the path of feeling good mentally, too. Hey, you might even learn to like it! Plenty of fibre, greens, and of course, hydration. If you’re like me and not the biggest fan of veggies, take it slow. Nobody ever made leaps and bounds by going completely cold turkey. But there are big success rates in taking baby steps. I take good iron and multivitamin supplements, which I think really helps. They can be found in any health food shop, supermarket or pharmacy.
Learn to relax.
Like resting, this one is also critical to getting your mojo for life back. Do whatever makes you feel calm. Meditate, snuggle up with Netflix, hell, run a 5k marathon if it makes you feel good. Keeping your stress levels low and happiness high are key here. And hey, you might find a new hobby that you love along the way! And there you have it, there’s absolutely no cons to a bit of relaxation. Unless you’re day-dreaming and it makes you late for work, whoops. NEVER happened to me, I swear..! *cough, cough*
Take a step back from what’s burning you out.
This is a given, but some don’t see it this way, IE: me. What was I ever going to achieve by pushing myself into working on something that I had no motivation about? No need to answer, I already know that it’s squat-diddly-NADA. I even went a step further and took a few days off from the internet. Leaving my phone at home when I went out, and turning the wifi off on my devices when I was watching movies/Netflix before bed. It’s healthy to remove yourself from the internet every once in a while. Especially so during a burnout. You realize there’s a big wide world out there that isn’t just endlessly scrolling Instagram. Although we all love a good ol’ scroll, don’t we?
What are your tips for dealing with a burnout?