So you found something that you enjoy doing. It could be your job, a hobby, a routine, or a workout regimen. Then after a few weeks or months you suddenly find yourself doing it with less energy, always feeling exhausted, and then getting depressed about it. If you’re having these feelings toward something then you are most likely to be experiencing what you call a burnout. Having a burnout can cause a lot of negative effects to your body, one of which is physical and mental stress. So how do you avoid it? Below are five easy ways to avoid burnout.
- Stick to a regular schedule. Most people who experience burnouts are those who don’t stick to a regular schedule. They work late, sleep less, exercise a lot then forgetting to give the body enough time to relax. You are not a machine that just keeps on going. Set yourself a time-off from your regular activities or routine. If your work ends at five then pack up and leave at five. If your workout should only last for two hours then make sure that it does. Set a schedule then follow it.
- Get social. I’m not saying that you should power up your computer and login to Facebook or Twitter. What I mean is you should call your buddies, go out and have some fun. Better yet, meet new people. Take your body and mind off from your regular activity and get some R&R. Not only will you enjoy these precious moments, but you’re also giving yourself a chance to reboot so you can start fresh the next time you start working on your daily activity.
- Try new things. Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. Well you can’t expect something different to happen in your life if you just keep on doing the same thing every day. Make it a habit to try something new every now and then. Try a different task at work or a different way to accomplish it. Try a new exercise program or a new hobby that will spark up your interest. This fresh dose of enthusiasm might be just what you need to avoid that burnout.
- Have a good laugh. If what you’re doing is starting to annoy you or making you depressed, find a way to have a good laugh. Start chatting with a friend and talk about something funny. Read a funny story, hear a joke or think of happy thoughts. Laughter is the best medicine to combat stress caused by a burnout. It relaxes the mind and body and keeps you sane. As an added treat, it also helps you become a positive person. So go ahead and tickle your funny bone.
- Reach out. If you think doing the same thing over and over again is exhausting, try doing the same thing over and over again alone. Try not to isolate yourself especially during the times of an impending burnout. Reach out to your colleagues and have a chat with them. Talk to that nice person in the gym that you see every day and try working out together. If you have a hobby, try doing it with other people to double the fun. Reaching out to other people can help you get rid of the negative energy that is building inside you.
As human beings we are not limited to what we can do. But we are limited to how much we can do. Maintain your balance in life and respect that limitation. Avoid burnout and live a healthier and happier life.
“Burnout is nature’s way of telling you, you’ve been going through the motions your soul has departed; you’re a zombie, a member of the walking dead, a sleepwalker.”
Have you experienced burnout before? What did you do to relieve yourself of it? Share your thoughts by writing it down the comments below.