This past week has been hard for me to keep up with the blog. New things ALWAYS interest me, but once they are no longer new I tend to get bored. My fun activity becomes a chore and before I know it I am experiencing burn out. According to Psychology Today, burnout is a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment. This feeling is not a new for me. What is new this time around is that I can walk you through how I tend to get over my stress from personal obligations. Here are my tips for getting over burnout.
1: Take a Break
Take some time to address any self-care that you have been putting off. Exercise, take a bubble bath, eat some comfort food, binge watch Netflix or all of the above. It’s important to take the time to improve your health (both physical and mental) by going easy on yourself once in a while.
2: Re-evaluate your Process
Once you have made sure that you are in a better state of mind, look back at what you were working on. What part of the process was stressing you out? What parts took a lot of time from other activities? Is there a way to schedule the events further out? Can you become more organized or put less on your plate? These are all questions you should be asking yourself. Once you sort through what was not working it should be easier to start back up again.
3: Start Fresh
Not only start fresh, but start back easy. If you were stressed from fitness, ease yourself back in with a shorter less demanding workout. If it was writing, put together a short post about something that is fun to write about. Drawing? Go to a café and sketch patrons and don’t post it to social media. You don’t need the added pressure of it having to farm likes from getting back into the swing of things.
So there you have it. Next time you are out of your groove, try these tips to help you get back into it. The activity you are experiencing burn out from is probably one you love and you need to get back to why you love it. Just remember to take it one step at a time. No pressure.