Life is a crazy ride of deadlines, to-do lists, work stresses and immense pressure to have some sort of work/life balance plus making enough money to support yourself. Burnt out is beyond tired, burnt out is beyond empty, it is that void where you feel like you have lost your spark, you’ve hit the point of exhaustion and you are wondering what it ever felt to actually get those 8 hours of sleep a night.
You are in dangerous territory; you have hit the brink of a burnout…
There are some pretty common signs of a burnout like anxiety, insomnia, depression and exhaustion but the first steps to curing these feelings is to identify the burnout and stop it in its tracks. This is the time for self-preservation, self-love and if needed a much deserved break. We tend to push ourselves too hard, we are constantly contactable, losing hours on end scrolling through the ‘perfect lives’ of strangers on Instagram and just doing the best we can, of course at times you are going to feel a little lost and burned out so it’s important you take some YOU time and focus on the things that make you feel good, like sleep, ice cream and family time. Yes, it can be that simple, you just have to take the control back, learn to say no and prioritise your own time and well-being.
Make sure you speak up to your support network and let them know you are having a hard time, suffering in silence will only make things worse and there are a lot of people around you that want the best for you and will do anything to see you happy, so chat to them, open the lines of communication and put your hand up for a little extra love from your family and friends.
Take these steps to ensure you are the best you can be:
- Schedule in sleep if you have to, literally block the time out of your diary, work week or weekend schedule. You need to sleep to rejuvenate your mind body and soul, prioritise this.
- Exercise, sweat, punch some stuff. Do whatever you need to do to get out any pent up frustration or angst you may be feeling, it is proven that exercise sets off the happy endorphins in your brain which will give you feelings of euphoria and right about now you can say no to those happy vibes.
- Have a digital detox, maybe it is time to put the screen down and spend some more time in the now with the people you love and care for. We are so busy trying to get validation from strangers that we have completely forgotten the importance of 1:1 connection with our family, friends and loved ones. Stay out of social media at least one hour before going to bed, turn your phone off when you go sleep and make sure the first thing you do in the morning when you wake is think of what you are grateful for and your plans for the day instead of jumping straight online to see what comments or other unimportant news you have missed in the time you were counting Z’s.
- Take a break from your day to day routine. Take some leave, book that trip, take off on a little adventure. There is nothing like a holiday to make you appreciate what you have in life, and it’s the perfect way to relax and recharge. Sometimes you’ve just gotta do you boo. If you hate your job, change it. If you’re in a dead end relationship, finish it. If you hate your dark and musty apartment, then move out. This is your life to control and take charge of don’t let the burnout take over, there is light at the end of the tunnel you just have to put everything else aside until you find your happy place once again, because after all without your happiness and health you have nothing.
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