Burnout is considered a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding situations. It is likely that many of us will experience some form of burnout in our lives whether that be work, education or home related. So, how can we avoid potential burnout? Take a look at these tips:
1. Recognise the signs
It’s very common that many of us don’t recognise the signs of ourselves or others on the brink of burnout. However, by recognising the signs we can avoid burnout before it fully forms. Monitor your emotional and physical health. Ask yourself: Are you sleeping enough? Do you feel fatigued? Do you find yourself working in the late hours?
2. Set boundaries
Setting boundaries with both yourself and other people is one of the best ways to prevent burnout. Stick to a schedule where you have regular breaks to refresh your body and mind.
3. Connect with nature!
Go for a walk, jog or even stand in your garden! The slow pace of nature is soothing for both the mind and body. We recommend going for a walk during your lunchtime or even after work or studies to unwind.
4. Have a strict bedtime routine
We’ve all been at fault from time to time for not prioritising sleep. But it is essential that we get a good sleeping pattern to look after our health. Turn off digital devices 1 hour before bed, read, listen to music and unwind for a better night’s sleep.
5. Make lists!
Creating lists for day-to-day or weekly tasks is a great way of keeping organised and on top of everything. Also, it’s the best feeling to tick off a task on your list!
For further advice and guidance regarding avoiding burnout check out Mental Health UK.
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