Burnout is something that once in a lifetime everyone will experience, it’s a dreadful state of mind that can crawl and damage your body, even. So how does one avoid it?
Today I’ve put together for you a useful handy guide you can refer to when you don’t know how to act:
1)Avoiding Burnout Is Simply a Choice
Before you start saying “What the F*** are you saying, this can’t be, why would someone choose to be burned out in the first place!” hear this out.
Burning out is the result of a string of bad choices, usually the juggling of too many (demanding) activities at once, so it makes sense to say that you chose to be burned out because it was your doing. You simply wasn’t aware at the time because those things needed time to stack up on each other and take a toll on you, but that’s what it is.
The good thing, at the same time is…that it still remains a choice, and that allows you to have control over it, meaning: there’s something you can do. Let me give you some guidelines.
1) Before you start putting too much food on your plate (commitments of any kind, work related ecc…) start with gauging your limits
This will allow you to know to which extent fill your stress “cup” before any damage is done, while keeping the productive side in you happy, this is your multitasking—so to say, capacity. Keep in mind that as humans though we’re not naturally wired to multitask, we work better when we focus on a single, or very few things.
2) Choose things you enjoy doing, rather than things that you HAVE to do when avoiding burnout.
WARNING, I’m not saying to discard your responsibilities, the point here is to prefer enjoyable things to things you can’t stand doing when going into something, so that in this way you have little of the things that you don’t really enjoy doing, hence reducing the chances of burnout.
3) What If You’re Already In Too deep?
So you already went and took the work load of 22 freight trains, didn’t you? Well, this is trickier than when you don’t have to juggle with anything but what you can do is to throw away some, if not all of the “load” you’re carrying. If you can cut off tasks that are just a waste of time, do so, if you’ve signed up for a cooking course or something, reconsider if that’s really top priority in your current situation. This is similar to the point N°2, but with the difference that you directly take off “meat” you don’t need from your plate, instead of choosing which cut you’d rather eat, less things to work with!
Exactly like nutrition, In the end you always have the power to choose as I’ve shown you, be sure to take these precautionary steps in order to preventing burnout in the first place, basically MAKE. WISE. CHOICES.
2)Avoiding Burnout by using the “Valve” method
Great, now I want you to visualize burning out as a pressure pot, there’s a set amount of heat the pot can take before the steam starts puffing out. Your objective here is to avoid reaching that point, and there’s two ways you can achieve this—you either lower the heat, or you give that heat a chance to flow out with a valve, a countermeasure.
First off, the valve method is pretty straightforward, you begin by putting in place constructive habits that can disperse that steam before it blows off the lid, here, let me give you some “valve” examples that come in handy when dealing with avoiding burnout:
1)Taking some time off
The simplest of solutions yet so effective. In the midst of a busy and hectic work-life you can easily fall prey to stress and hence to burnout, so it’s of utmost importance that you know when to plug off, even if it may seem abrupt to you.
Taking a day or a few days off from your demanding situation is crucial in order to not burn yourself out, this not only gives you the chance to reset all to 0 but provides you with some much needed clarity on how to tackle your problems going forward.
2)Balance it all with hobbies
Hobbies are a powerful valve which you can support yourself with, spending hours deep into something you enjoy doing with your leisure time can free yourself of some of that weight that is packing onto your back. Some of my favorites that I recommend you try are: hiking, modelling, crafting (something from wood as example) and reading.
And here I am speaking from personal experience, since being able to have something to let my mind and spirit wander free for a while really helped me not to melt down when I was going through a crazy period in my life.
3)Understand that not everything is worth your worry
Another helpful thing that can act as a valve is your own emotional resilience, Or better, the ability to manage your emotional investment in every little or bigger thing you get involved with. This can be reconnected with what I said before about choices, the number of things that can get to your nerves will automatically reduce, if at the same time you further yourself emotionally from said matters.
This, if done properly can give birth to a skill that is essential in life, which is NOT caring as much, and you’re in luck because this skill can be trained, not investing yourself with what’s going on almost acts as an “automatic” kind of valve, that filters out unnecessary, damaging things from your proxemic bubble so to speak.
4)Training & Working out
Why did I not put this on the “hobbies” list you ask? foolish question, working out is VITAL to one’s physical and mental health, so it cannot be in the same category as hobbies, this is something you must do and is one of the things that can bring the biggest change in your fight against burnout, seeing that consistent training meddles (in a positive way) with the chemicals in your body and changes you on a broader scale.