6 Steps To Take When Feeling Burnout

Burnout

Burnout is more common that you think. In my previous article, I wrote about burnout and how to be aware of the signs that come with burn out. Burnout is not something to take lightly. Just because you are not physically sick with the flu or bronchitis, does not mean that you can just keep going on and on. When we are sick with the flu, we are told to rest, sleep a lot and take medication to help us get better. Burnout is exactly the same! There are a few practical steps you can take to overcome and heal from burnout.

Prioritize taking care of yourself

Prioritize good sleep habits, nutrition, exercise, connection with people you enjoy, and practices that promote calmness and well-being, like meditation, journaling, coaching, or simply quiet time alone doing an activity you enjoy. Self-care is essential in order to be successful in all facets of life: personal and professional. Self-care is more than an occasional treat, but a way of living each day that incorporates practices and behaviours that help you feel refreshed, re-energized, and rested.

Analyze your current situation

Perhaps you already know what is causing your burnout? If not, try this technique: track how you spend your time for a week – you can either do this on paper or in a spreadsheet. For each block of time, record what you are doing, whom you are with, how you feel (e.g., on a scale of 1-10 where 0=angry or depressed and 10=joyful or energized). Please include how valuable the activity is to you.

The above gives you a basis for deciding where to make changes that will have the greatest impact. Imagine that you have a fuel gauge that you can check to see what level your personal resources (physical, mental, and emotional) are at any moment. The basic principle is to limit your exposure to the tasks, people, and situations that drain you and increase your exposure to those that replenish you.

Take time off

If burnout seems inevitable, try to take a complete break from work for at least two to three weeks. Go on vacation and remove yourself from the situation. Use the time away to recharge your batteries and pursue other recovery steps. Did you know that it takes a minimum of 6 months of taking time off to recover from burnout? Many of us do not have the time work-wise or financially to take 6 months off of work. That is why it is very important that if you have signs of pre-burnout, you need to take action today!

Re-evaluate your priorities

Burnout is an undeniable sign that something important in your life is not working or that you are prioritizing the wrong things. Take time to think about your hopes, goals, and dreams. Are you neglecting something that is important to you? Are you focusing on activities that drain your energy? Take some time to rediscover what really makes you happy and to slow down and give yourself time to rest, reflect, and heal.

Set boundaries

Do not over commit yourself or do things that you are not happy with doing. Learn to say “no” to requests on your time. If you find this difficult, remind yourself that saying “no” allows you to say “yes” to the things that you truly want to do.

Get creative

Creativity is a powerful antidote to burnout. Do something new, start a fun project, or engage in your favourite hobby. Choose activities that have nothing to do with work or whatever is causing your stress. Choose something that will help rejuvenate your energy and fill your soul. Looking after yourself is a necessity and the first step in recovering and preventing burnout. By simply focusing on healthy sleep patterns, eating well, doing things that energize your soul, and getting a little exercise every day, it can help you avoid and prevent burnout in the future.

I leave you with this question: if I asked you to name all of the things you love, how long would it take you to name yourself?

Limitless living!

Happy Mind, Happy Life

Our mindset plays a major role in how we manage challenges and opportunities, and our thoughts influence what we do, believe and think. Are you a glass half empty or glass half full type of person? When challenges come your way do you throw your hands in the air and walk away, or do you face the challenge head on and ready to overcome it?

There are a few areas in life where our thoughts play a particularly important role. One of these areas is your belief about yourself and your body image. Do you believe in yourself? Or do you constantly put yourself down and tell yourself that you cannot achieve the goals and dreams you have set for your life? In either of these, you are right! If I asked you to think for a moment, what are the 5 words you use most to describe yourself? Would they be negative or positive? We need to be conscious of how we speak about ourselves because what our mind hears, it does.

Did you know that our subconscious mind leads and controls 97% of our life? What we believe, why we believe certain things and how we respond and react in a certain way has everything to do with our subconscious mind. A great analogy is one of driving. When you drive to the shops, you have to put the car into gear by using the clutch and then using the break when necessary. We don’t consciously think “now I need to put my foot on the clutch and then use my hand to change the gear”. These actions are done subconsciously. This is the same with our mind and how we live. I know this may seem scary as one would think that we are then not in control of our lives! The good news is that we are in control of our lives and we can control our mind. By using Neuro-Linguistic Programming, we access the subconscious mind and re-program the way you think about certain beliefs and we assist you in getting rid of beliefs that do not serve you, that dis-empower and hinder your success.

What you are constantly focusing on also plays a big role in your happiness. If you always focus on the negative things in life, you will see the negative in all situations, and ultimately you will become a negative person. The same thing is true for being positive. Are you someone that looks for the negative in every situation? Or do you find the opportunities and possibilities in life? Remember, as you think, so you are and so shall you become. Make an effort to change the way you think about your situation and your life will be a lot more positive! Here’s my challenge to you: everyday write down three things that were positive about your day. It can be something as simple as “today I saw my best friend” or “today it rained”. Find those positives in your day and watch your life change!

Limitless living!

Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Neuro-Linguistic Programming image

You could change the way you think, act and respond to certain situations by re-programming your subconscious mind. Changing the way you perceive others and life in general starts in the subconscious mind. By using the practical tools in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, you can make the change needed to achieve the outcomes you desire.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) focuses on the mind and nervous system. Such as the language of the mind and what people focus on, as perceived through our 5 senses. Neuro-Linguistic Programming assists individuals in identifying their worldview and how it is perceived and interpreted. Discovering our cognitive programs/mindsets enables us to re-program/adjust our mindset to achieve specific, successful outcomes. Ultimately, we create our reality through perceptions based on how our minds are conditioned. Once self-awareness of our personal environment is achieved, areas of improvement allows us to make targeted changes for lasting personal development.

Knowing how the mind works and knowing that re-programming it is possible, means that we have the power to change our lives and the results we desire. The unconscious mind controls 97% of perceptions and behaviours as it has been conditioned to respond to certain circumstances in a specific way. Only 3% of what we experience and perceive in life is experienced through our conscious mind. The conscious mind is designed to reason and think about life. We do not actually see the world for what it truly is because of how we filter information and make sense of our surroundings. Becoming aware of our beliefs and why we do things a certain way is important.

Limitless Living!