3 Tips to Help You Overcome Burnout
Tired. Exhausted. Annoyed. Over it. Worn out. Weary. Fatigued. Drained. DONE!
If you're in college, an entrepreneur, a mom, or just a busy woman in general and have never felt any of those things, maybe you need to be writing this post. We need all the tips!
If you have felt one of those, chances are you've experienced, or have been close to experiencing the dreaded burnout!
What is Burnout?
Burnout is defined as an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance. Some signs of burnout are exhaustion, lack of motivation, negative emotions, and problems concentrating.
Burnout is usually something that happens gradually, not overnight. At the beginning of every year, we write down all of these goals that we want to accomplish and we put are all into maintaining a healthy life, while also making great financial gains, and growing your business, or being the best person you can be for your family. By the middle of the year, you have burned yourself out.
As women, it's easy to feel like we are never doing enough. Especially when we constantly compare ourselves to other women that we admire or follow on social media. People expect women to have it all together all the time and that's just not possible. We have to understand that pushing ourselves to the point of burnout is counterproductive. Here are three ways to deal with burnout:
3 Ways to Deal With Burnout
1. Give Yourself Time to Do What You Enjoy
So often we only focus on what we have to do and rarely ever do what we actually want to do. Sometimes taking a much needed break gives you the energy you need to plow through the things on your to-do list. If you have a hobby that you enjoy, make time for it! Having a hobby can reduce stress and bring positivity to your day to day life. It also allows you to take your mind off of all of the things you have to do, even if only for a short period of time.
I know what you're saying. You just don't have the time for that, right? My advice to you is to plan accordingly so that you do have time to do what you want. What am I saying? Schedule in time for you to relax or do something that you enjoy. Even if it's only 15 minutes - write it in your calendar or planner! Block out time to just relax. This way you don't feel like you're taking away from the time that you need for other things.
2. Know When to Say "No"
I know how amazing it makes you look when you have all these things on your resume, you show up for all of your children's extra-curricular activities, while also making time to go to brunch on the weekends, and run your business. However, sometimes it's better for you to say no to one thing so that you can be fully available for other things that are more important. I recently read the book The Worn Out Woman and one of the authors wrote something that I believe we all should live by.
"If your schedule is already full, a simple rule is to never add any new responsibility until you have eliminated something else. If you can't do that, then the appropriate answer is probably no."
She also included some ways that you can so no if you REALLY struggle with it. I've listed them below.
- I've done it in the past. I'll do it again in the future. But I can't do it right now.
- I've made a mistake. I shouldn't have committed myself. I'm sorry, but I really must back out this time.
- I cannot do this. I don't have the desire, the time, the interest, or the energy.
3. Look at the Big Picture and Remember Your "Why"
I'm going to step out on a limb and say that none of us went to college, started a business, or became a mother with the hopes of being exhausted and moody all of the time. We did, however, have high hopes of learning, experiencing financial freedom, or bringing life into the world. I strongly believe that you can do this without burning yourself out! You have to decide what your highest priorities are and what experiences will contribute the most to your why!
Now don't go to the extreme and do the bare minimum, but do know your limits and create a healthy balance in your life.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, "So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun."
Remember to enjoy life - everything else will fall into place!
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