Pushing Through a Life Burnout

by Rachelle on October 31, 2014

When was the last time you felt burnt out? These days, it’s quite normal to be stressed, overworked, and saddled with too many of life’s responsibilities. It’s a small wonder that the modern western lifestyle is so predisposed to produce burnout in those who lead it.

There’s no magic bullet to banish burnout from your life completely, but there are several tactics you can use to keep it at bay. Use these five strategies to reduce burnout and improve your quality of life for good.

 

Make Smaller, Attainable Goals

Feelings of failure and insufficiency play a big role in burnout. Everybody needs a win once in a while, but you’ll never get one if your goals are too big and if you don’t pursue them in bite-sized chunks of effort.

Rather than spending all your energy at once trying to achieve a goal of insurmountable proportions, take the time to construct a variety of smaller, easier goals that fit the objectives of your long-term plan. This strategy gives you plenty of chances to celebrate personal victory while slowly lifting you toward your ultimate goals and aspirations.

 

Always Have an Outlet

No matter how much you love your job, your body and mind simply aren’t designed to spend their time cycling between work, home life, and sleep. It’s crucial to have some sort of mental and physical recreation thrown in the mix of your lifestyle. No matter what you choose to be your outlet, be sure to schedule time to practice it every day. Immersing yourself in one activity and giving it your full attention for an hour or two every day is incredibly therapeutic. So get out, go for a drive or walk, or simply whatever puts your mind at peace.

 

Find Control

There are a few feelings that are more unsettling than those of helplessness, powerlessness, and loss of control. Fortunately, most of us have more power and authority to control our lives than we might realize, wherever that might be. Granted, there will always be certain circumstances that fight to keep us down, but there are plenty of other things you can control to improve your situation. And with control comes contentment.

In fact, research on burnout has shown that those with more autonomy and control in their jobs seem to experience less burnout than those who don’t. Seek out the facets of your work life that are in your control and strive to shift them to your advantage.

 

Knock Out the Worst First

How much time do you spend dreading your least favorite tasks? If you’re like most of us, it’s probably a lot. While there’s nothing wrong with having favorite tasks, putting off the tasks you prefer less can be an enormous source of stress. Plus, dreading and procrastinating makes tasks seem far worse than they actually are.

Knock out your least favorite tasks before you tackle anything else, and keep the worst for first. The freedom of mind you’ll experience by having the burden of those dreaded tasks off your chest will mitigate stress, make you more efficient, and ultimately reduce burnout.

 

Look To Give Back

Those in the midst of burnout often feel that their jobs and personal lives have little purpose or meaning. Although this is always far from the truth, burnout can cloud our view of reality quite strongly. One of the best ways to alleviate these feelings is to contribute to your community by offering your time and skills as resources for others. Volunteering is overwhelmingly rewarding, and you don’t have to do the same thing as everybody else. Look for opportunities relevant to your industry like becoming a mentor and internship programs.

Of course, it’s important to remember that the primary purpose of volunteering isn’t to help you combat your burnout; that’s just a happy side-benefit of helping make your world a better place to live.

Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I'm Rachelle, or "Elle" for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I've learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I'm a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle's favorite product is hCG 1234
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