How to Avoid Burnout

Being burned out means feeling empty and mentally exhausted, lacking motivation, and often beyond caring.

People experiencing burnout will often not see any hope of positive change in their situations.

How to Avoid Burnout

Is Burnout a Mental Breakdown?

Burnout is when a person reaches a state of total mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion and it has similar signs and symptoms to a nervous breakdown.

Your doctor may prescribe medicine for varying mental health conditions, and refer you to other healthcare professionals, such as psychologists or psychiatrists.

Am I Dealing With Burnout?

If you’ve been having trouble finding the right balance between your work and home life, it can be a sign of burnout.

As mentioned, if you’re feeling both physically and mentally exhausted, and struggle to find the motivation to finish work or other responsibilities this is a sign of burnout as well.

Does Burnout Feel Like Anxiety?

Physical signs of burnout can be very similar to those for stress and anxiety. They include fatigue, insomnia, interrupted sleep, changes in appetite, and increased frequency of illness.

Do I Have Burnout or Am I Lazy?

Burnout is the outcome when you’ve depleted yourself mentally and physically and are struggling to function normally.

Being lazy is the absence of effort, and it’s more of a character trait rather than an outcome resulting in low energy or motivation.

How Do You Solve Burnout Quickly?

  • Identify your stressors.
  • Track your stress levels.
  • Get enough exercise.
  • Build a support network.
  • Start a habit of journaling.
  • Seek professional help from a coach or therapist.
  • Speak up for yourself.
  • Learn stress management techniques.
  • Set clear goals and objectives.
  • Celebrate your successes.

How Do Successful People Avoid Burnout?

Scientists have shown that setting clear goals and examining progress reduces burnout.

How Do You Break the Cycle of Burnout?

You can try to involve others. Whatever you’re working on, get others’ ideas and contributions in addition to your own.

Incorporate relaxation into your daily routine. Whatever that may mean for you, whether it’s simply taking a break outside, playing with your pet, or watching a tv show.

Try finding more time for yourself, and make it a priority.

Final Thoughts

Many of us are really burning the candle at both ends these days, no pun intended, and burnout is an inevitable risk associated with trying to do too much. 

Recognize your limits and try to take time out for yourself. You can also build your resilience to stress by taking care of your physical and emotional health.

Please comment or follow the links, have a great day.

Sources and other reading:

A Guide to Burnout

Dealing With Stress

How to Stop Overthinking

Remembering How to have Fun

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