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Avoiding the feeling of burnout – 8 simple strategies

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Giving your all to absolutely everything isn’t always the most productive way to go. It’s funny how just going through the everyday routine can lead to a feeling of burnout when you least expect it if self care isn’t part of that routine. To avoid this, I think it is important to prioritize continually recharging so we can prevent that feeling of being depleted at the end of the day. Here are a 8 simple strategies to fill your cup of energy and wellness on a daily basis:

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  1. Create a clear plan for your day with breaks scheduled for things you enjoy in between. A break could be a 15 minutes to sit down with a cup of coffee or some time to listen to a favorite podcast. It could be a quick conversation with a loved one or a phone call to a friend or family member just to say hello. It could even be a few minutes to step outside and take a walk. Make sure you have little windows of time to look forward to throughout your day.
  2. Dig deeper. If you’re already feeling the onset of burnout because something in your life is not aligned with what is right for you then identify and acknowledge it. Decide on how you’ll make a change. Be proactive and determined about making a plan so you can step away from what is not working for you.
  3. Have boundaries. Create a clear divide between work time and personal time. Have boundaries with the people in your life as well. Let them know when you need your space and allow them their space as well.
  4. Take a vacation. Plan something fun for a weekend or longer. Spend time with family and friends. Allow yourself the time to relax.
  5. Build strong connections with people around you. A strong social structure with people who care about you goes a long way in preventing feelings of isolation and overall burnout.
  6. Take the time to journal for a few minutes every day. There is something about writing that helps process unresolved feelings and gives energy to new ideas. Keep a pen and notebook by your bed and write about whatever comes up before you go to sleep. Plan on having a good day the next day.
  7. Take excellent care of your health. Make and keep preventive care appointments with your dentist and doctor. Pay close attention to your daily nutrition and exercise. Get that good 8 hours of sleep without your devices beside beside you. Your health is one of the most important things to prioritize.
  8. Prioritize joy. Schedule what brings you joy everyday. Put it in your planner and make sure you keep that appointment with yourself. Whether it’s reading a book that has you enthralled, watching your favorite show or visiting a restaurant or a place in town that you love. Put joy on your daily schedule.
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What are some of your favorite ways to make time for yourself during the day?


7 thoughts on “Avoiding the feeling of burnout – 8 simple strategies

  1. That’s a great list! I’ve started the Three Blessings exercise with my journal at night. You write down three things that you’re grateful for during the day and why they happened. I read about this in a book called “Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being” by Martin Seligman. He is a psychiatrist at U Penn and said this simple exercise works as well as meds for people who have depression.

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  2. Such a great post, thank you for the reminders and ideas. Prioritise Joy! I love that. It’s so easy to get caught up in the humdrum, that we sometimes forget to look for the good things and make time for them.

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