By Naomi Jamieson published
Burnout is not fun. It affects us all now and then and can hit us after a period of stress or as a result of stretching ourselves too thin. It should come with little surprise to anyone that this year has seen a huge rise in burnout and feeling unmotivated—so we’ve spoken to an expert to get some simple tips for you to avoid burnout, and cope with your day-to-day work, life balance.
Prioritizing your mental and physical health is so important, having self-care days, or meditating with crystals for anxiety are just a few of the things we can do to ward off stress and avoid burnout.
Selina Barker, a life design and career change coach and author of Burnt Out: The Exhausted Persons 6 Step Guide to Thriving in a Fast-Paced World, says that: "Burnout is a state of feeling emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted, as a result of excessive and prolonged stress caused by overworking. "
In a recent survey, the herbal medicinal brand Kalms, also found that 85% of Brits alone felt stressed, unmotivated and exhausted over the past year. Those surveyed attributed these feelings to a lack of control of everyday lives and a poor work-life balance.
So if you’re suffering from burnout—you’re very normal and shouldn’t feel ashamed or beat yourself up about how you are feeling. If you’re not getting enough ‘you’ time or even getting enough hours of sleep, the feelings of burnout can creep in. And thankfully Barker has shared some simple tips to avoid and help with burnout.
1. Start your morning off right and take breaks
First of all, you need to pinpoint where these feelings have stemmed from, such as your workload or something else that is stressing you out. Then Barker says you need to: "Learn how to manage your energy and design your day so that you feel energized, calm, and focused throughout."
For example starting your day off with some yoga, or a shower with a eucalyptus bouquet, even just a delicious cup of coffee. Most importantly, make sure you’re taking breaks every 90 minutes, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. This will help you re-charge and lift your mood.
2. Workout that stress
Exercising can be an incredible way to work off anxious feelings and stress, whether it’s calming yoga or an intense HIIT session. Moving your body can make a huge difference. Do it for the dopamine hit.
3. Analyse your work environment
Take a moment to look at your work environment, are you thriving? If your job is causing you to feel burnout, or you feel like you’re working in a toxic environment, it may be time to make a change.
4. Find rituals that work for you
Whether it’s snuggling in with Netflix in the evenings, or having a bath, finding what calms you down is essential. Finding things that calm you down will really help when the feelings of burnout hit.
5. Don’t punish yourself
Barker says: “Turn down the volume of your inner critic and start turning up the volume of your inner cheerleader. When you love and believe in yourself and support yourself the same way you would a friend or partner, you will increase your levels of happiness, self-esteem, and confidence.”
Recognize how you’re feeling and be kind to yourself, if you need a day off or a lie-in, have them—you deserve it.
Naomi is a trainee News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life and is training for an NCTJ Qualification.
Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.