Burnout. We’ve all been there. It is very easy to feel overwhelmed and like you just want to quit. These feelings almost inevitably happen, so how do we make the best out of the days that make us want to throw up our hands and cry? Below I’ll share a few tips to avoid burnout and a few tips to combat burnout when it creeps into our lives.
Find a Self-Care Routine – both at the office and outside of the office.
When you’re not performing your best, you’re often letting more than just yourself down. Our clients, families, and friends are ultimately impacted when we are burnt out. Whether it is missing deadlines or not being completely present for your clients, burnout can creep up at the worst of times. Finding a self-care routine can do wonders for your personal and professional psyche. Journal, watch a movie with a loved one, or cook yourself a nice meal. Take the time to take care of your mental well being at home and you’ll reap the benefits at work.
Taking time at work to practice self-care is just as important as practicing self-care at home. Take an afternoon break, step away from your desk and take a brisk walk. When you’re stressed, take the time to step away from your desk and take a few clarifying deep breaths. I like the Headspace App for taking quick breaks to meditate and recenter myself when at work.
The more you take time to be present for yourself, the more you’ll be able to be present for your clients and others who need your time and attention.
Analyze your Job
If you’re like me, you have a hard time delegating tasks when you know you can do a job and do it exactly the way you want it the first time. Take time to analyze your job and the tasks you have to get done for the week. What can you delegate, i.e. what could someone easily do without your help? Figure this out, then let go of the reigns and give someone else the responsibility. I say “yes” to everyone but practicing saying “no” is very important and can keep you from burning out.
This one is a non-negotiable. I can honestly say, I have never been a person who enjoys the gym. My current job is extremely high stress and very demanding. When I’m not at work, I’m getting my MBA and running a dance company – all stressful activities. I started a health and wellness program with Odelia Silva recently and I have to admit, I am turning into a gym rat! I highly suggest reaching out to Odelia for any of your fitness and mental health needs. She has taught me so much about work-life balance and putting myself first. I never thought I would like going to the gym or shopping for healthy food, but taking time for myself and my health has been extremely rewarding and all those good endorphins don’t hurt either!
I hope these tips were helpful and will encourage you to get ahead of the burnout before it happens. Do you have any tips for avoiding burnout? I’d love to hear them in the comments below. If not, I hope you’ll take some time for you today. I think you’ll find that self-care can make you even better at your job and make life so much more enjoyable!