Declaimer: I am not a medical professional. What I am sharing here is based on personal experience and research and It is not meant to be considered medical advice. So if you need professional help, please do consult a qualified medical professional
I feel like everyone has experienced burnout before so everyone needs to know how to recover from burnout.
But before we talk about how you can recover from burnout, what is it:
What is burnout?
Feeling of physical and emotional exhaustion, due to stress from working from working under challenging or demanding conditionsBusiness dictionary
You know that feeling when you start something new e.g a new job or a new business and you are so excited and can’t wait to wake up in the morning to go back to the office? You handled each task with enthusiasm and you didn’t really mind working late or during weekends because you were just so in love with what you did.
Then a night came, before you even got into bed, you were already dreading going to the office the next day. Now in the morning you don’t want to wake up, all that enthusiasm is gone. When you go to the office, you can’t wait for the clock to turn 17:00 so that you can leave. Last one in through the door in the morning, first one out in evening. You are just so miserable.
If this is you, then you my friend you are suffering from burnout.
I know how much burnout affects one’s life, just recently I was burned out myself. It robed me of my sense of ineffectiveness and I started feeling a lack of accomplishment. I was exhausted yet each day I felt like I was accomplishing nothing. I left like a zombie walking through life and I was desperate for it to stop. Life sucked! It was one of the worst moments of my life.
But through God’s grace, I recovered from it. Now I work with my prior zeal and wake up each day looking forward to what the day has to offer.
Knowing how hard it gets when you are suffering from burnout, today I would like to share with you some 6 tips on how you can recover from burnout and start enjoying your life once more.
6 Tips to help you recover from burnout
1. Take a break
The first tip I have for you today is to distance yourself from the source of your burnout
We live in a world of intense living, things move fast. Usually we have so much to do and so little time to do it. We are constantly chasing this, trying to catch that and it’s easy to be lost in this maze of chasing goals and making dreams a reality that we rarely have time to relax.
Take some time off, not thinking of which goal to chase or what deadline to meet. Switch off your mind from your work or business. Take meaningless walks or read a novel. Anything. The idea here is to give your mind some time to rest and rejuvenate so that when you get back to work you start afresh.
I did this when I experienced my burnout. I took a week off of work, travelled to my parents’ home and relaxed. I spent time with my parents, visited my childhood friends, even had a fun photoshoot. The idea was to relax and it worked.
So if you are suffering from burnout, maybe try taking a break and just allow yourself time to relax. For me, this all I needed to recover from burnout.
2. Organize your work
Sometimes burnout comes when you are feeling overwhelmed with all the numerous tasks you have to do. Maybe you feel like there is a lot that you need to do and not enough time.
So perhaps try organizing your work. Draw a to-do list and then prioritize the tasks on the list….what needs to be done first, what can wait till later.
This will help you get back control and will help you to start seeing progress when you start ticking things off the list. By doing so, you start gaining your sense of accomplishment back and that seemingly undefeated to-do list allover sudden will appear doable.
So try drawing a to-do list and prioritizing the tasks, it is definitely going to remove some stress that’s causing the burnout off of you.
3. Get enough sleep
With the near depression-level fatigue that comes with burnout syndrome, we need as much sleep and rest as possible to recover. So instead of going to bed at twelve and waking up at five, try going to bed earlier so that you can catch some extra hours of sleep. This way you will be more rested and energized to face life the next day. If you like, you can even schedule a weekend of sleep where you don’t make any plans, instead you just stay in and catch-up on all those hours of sleep you’ve been missing. I don’t know about you, but it there a more fun way to recover from burnout?
You already know that exercise is good for the body but did you know that it is also good for your emotional and mental wellbeing as well?
Studies have shown that exercises can treat mild to moderate depression.
Exercising releases endorphins which is a feel-good chemical that the brain releases that makes you feel energized. Which means you now have the happy chemical in your system and you have the energy to tackle that to-do list.
Also, exercise will serve as a distraction for your mind, allowing you ‘quite time’ to break out of the cycle from constantly thinking about the source of your burnout.
5. Develop a hobby
I have found hobbies to be key to managing stress. Like exercise, hobbies help relieve stress by keeping you engaged in something you enjoy. They give you a way to take your mind off the source of your burnout by letting you relax and seek pleasure in activities that aren’t associated with work, chores or other responsibilities. Also, hobbies tend to make people feel better about themselves and their lives by increasing their confidence and self-esteem. The things is, if you really enjoy an activity, odds are you are really good at it. So every time you excel, you have an opportunity to build your confidence and pride in your accomplishments. And that goes a long way towards stopping you from being consumed with constant thoughts of self-doubt and failure that often comes with being burnt out.
6. Effect appropriate changes in your life
Burnout offers us an opportunity to reflect on our lives and see if there is any need for change.
I love the story of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and how she dropped out of medical school and pursued writing, a venture that she succeeded in. She once her story of leaving medical school. I don’t remember her exact words but she said something to the effect that she had been bored and stressed by medical school. She realize she truly didn’t want to be a doctor, rather she wanted to be a writer. I like to think she suffered from burnout.
So you see, burnout can be an opportunity to evaluate if you should stay at that job.
Sometimes the best effort for recovering from a burnout is to remove the source of the burnout from your life entirely. Maybe it is time that you move on. Leave that job, that organization, or that business venture.
So those are the six tips I wanted to share with you on dealing with burnout.
So much love,