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Burning Out? Here’s How To Hit The Breaks Before It’s Too Late

These tips will save you from exhaustion.

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It’s easy to get caught up with work, family, friends and all the other obligations we shoulder. A demanding job, providing healthy meals for your husband and kids, staying on top of doctor’s appointments, or planning an important event are just a few examples of how your life can be completely draining you.

You probably can keep going full steam ahead for months, but the pressure will eventually take its toll. Burnout hits you when you least expect it, so it is vital you start slowing down and hitting the pause button to avoid extreme exhaustion from setting in.

If you’re thinking along the lines of “Oh gosh! This is exactly how I’m feeling!” and wondering what in the world to do about it, worry not. There are a few things you can do to prevent burnout.

Make Time For Yourself

“In my experience, a vacation (no matter how short) is the best way to separate yourself from whatever is dragging you down. Sometimes, all you need is a fresh perspective to pull you out from the doldrums,” said Anjali, 32. So what are you waiting for? Go take that trip to Bali like you’ve always wanted!

Can’t travel overseas, that’s okay! Plan a staycation over the weekend. If you have kids, send them off to grandma’s, and spend some quality time with your partner. A little rest and relaxation is in order, so flip open the latest thriller or catch up on some sleep. Schedule in time for a little TLC each week. You’ll be one step closer to recovery.

Workout And Eat Properly

Exercise is a powerful tool. It generates endorphins and helps you feel good. “This is so very important. Without my daily workout, I don’t know what would become of me! It helps me effectively deal with any frustrations or worries at the end of my day,” exclaimed Sonali, 26. While a daily workout is essential, make sure you’re eating a balanced diet.

Leave Your Work At The Office

Never bring home your work with you. Finishing up a project from the comfort of your couch in your jammies may sound appealing. However, in the long run, you won’t be doing yourself any favours. You won’t enjoy life as much and cause you needless worry.

Disconnect From Your Devices

Disengaging from technology is important. Stop checking your e-mail on your phone, don’t answer work calls after office hours and get off social media. “We’re all guilty of staying glued to our phones when really we should be enjoying our S.O’s company or catching up with our parents,” said Anushka, 25. “I’m trying to be good about not picking up my phone after a certain time in the evening, so I can ‘switch off’ and sleep better.”

Celebrate The Victories

We’re so focused on the next goal that we forget to make time to rejoice in the little triumphs. When we fail to pat ourselves on the back for our achievements, we often become disheartened and focus on the bad things happening in our lives, which in turn, contribute to burnout. So, remember to celebrate that 4K marathon you completed or the moment you reached your weight loss goals. You’ve built an incredible life, so take the time to be grateful.

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