Cool off with these tips to beat burnout
Have you been at a loss for motivation, ideas, and hope recently? Don’t mistake these symptoms as senioritis or defining yourself as being lazy. Instead, it could be a case of burnout.
According to a Forbes article titled “10 Signs You’re Burning Out — And What to Do About It” by Lisa M. Gerry, burnout is “an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.” In other words, burnout can be a lack of motivation, always being exhausted or having problems concentrating and staying focused. Burnout can be caused by a combination of things, but it can be mainly caused by constant stress from your job, your lifestyle or both. Whether you are under a lot of pressure from class or convinced your life is falling apart, there are lots of things you can do to feel more at ease.
It’s important to practice de-stressing. If you have too much on your plate and you don’t have the energy or the right state of mind to focus, forcing yourself to do more will only cause more frustration. Just take a break and relax.
Stay Away From Technology
Social media is full of people showing off their lives. Don’t assume that everyone around you is doing well or better than you because they are posting these “perfect” pictures on Instagram. If you tend to compare yourself to others, it can be really toxic. Stay off the internet and spend time with yourself.
Make sure you have a schedule that allows you to have plenty of time for yourself, family, friends, and work. Determining how much time you need to focus on different aspects of your life will help you worry less.
Take Time Off
If you keep dreaming about a relaxing vacation, it’s probably because you need one. Taking time to not work or worry about your future will help you rejuvenate. Everything will be okay, so relax and take that vacation! It doesn’t have to be a week long trip either, it can just be for a weekend.
Learn to Say No
I know everyone wants to say yes to almost anything to show people that they are working hard. But there is no sense in biting off more than you can chew. Creating fewer things that are great is better than creating a bunch that is just okay. You don’t have to be the “yes” person; it’s okay to say no!
Talk It Out
Ranting or just speaking your feelings out loud can feel so good. It’s also nice to talk to someone who listens. Find someone you can talk to. Who knows — they could be going through the same thing and might have a few tips for you.
It can take everyone different amounts of time to recover from burnout, but that’s okay! It’s okay to take time off and say no when your plate is full. You control your own happiness, so it is important to recognize when you are overwhelmed. Remember to keep the positive things near and the negative things out of reach.
Michala White is a senior majoring in professional writing and minoring in public relations. When she’s not watching trash tv, you can find her journaling, making Spotify playlists or eating. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @michaaala.