I have a confession: I am forever at high-risk for burnout. Burnout happens when you are so overwhelmed, stressed, overworked that you start to become physically and emotionally exhausted. I think this seems to happen to me more commonly around the holidays. It seems that everything gets stressful with family, as well as things at work or school. I’m aware of my desire to do a lot and how that can sometimes be my Achilles heel in life. I also know I am not alone in this.
Burnout can happen to anyone and here are some great ways to tell if you’re getting there and how to overcome it.
Ways to Tell You’re Burned Out
- Becoming cynical or apathetic about things
- Having difficulty concentrating and/or staying focused
- Always feeling tired
- Feeling anxious, depressed, and/or angry
- Seeming to get sick more often and feeling achy
Ways to Feel Better
- Analyze all that you need to do and see if any activities can be (temporarily) let go of
- Practice self-care
- Take a Mental Health Day
- Unplug for a day
- Get some good sleep
Ways to Prevent Burnout Next Time Around
- Learn your limits
- Say “no” if you want to
- Go slower and set your pace. Don’t be afraid to take a breather
The biggest thing to do is be aware of how you’re feeling. I know I’m prone to burnout because I like to do a lot of things at once. I am very passionate about several causes and dedicate a lot of my time to them. However, I also know how important it is to engage in self-care activities. It’s also helpful to know your limits and to avoid letting others put too many expectations on you. Hopefully by doing check-ins with yourself every so often and being more aware of how you experience burnout, you can avoid it and keep on doing awesome things.