Feeling emotionally and physically exhausted has, unfortunately, become quite common nowadays, whether it is because of our jobs, our education, or our relationships with people. Learning to identify burnout will help us work ways to recover from it more easily and effectively. This way, we will be able to get back on our feet, regain energy, prepare to keep working to achieve our goals.
- Don’t forget to take regular breaks. The very first step to recover from burnout is by remembering the importance of taking regular breaks. If we spend too much time in front of a computer, we need to make sure we include enough interruptions during the day, like stretching our legs, calling our friends, and even taking a walk in the park. This will help us stay focused and motivated while keeping us safe from burning out.
- Don’t let your devices control you. One of the most common causes of anxiety nowadays is known as FOMO, or fear of missing out. If we want to recover from burnout, we need to learn how to stay disconnected from our social networks while at work, and from work while on our free time. There are many apps we can use to turn notifications on in case we find it difficult to simply ignore our phones, for example.
- Learn when and how to say no. An Important part of recovering from burnout is taking the time to get back on our feet gradually and smoothly. This means that we have to learn when and how to say no to new projects and tasks. This will allow us to focus on putting our best efforts and avoid results that will only lower our morale.
- Prioritize your tasks and delegate effectively. Once we are ready to start taking up more projects and tasks, we need to make sure we are prioritizing them by the level of urgency. Also, we should learn how to delegate these tasks effectively, especially if we are in a leadership position. Otherwise, we won’t be able to fully recover from burnout and we will end up feeling exhausted and without motivation in no time.
- Try to find a support group. If we feel like we’re not going the right direction, whether professionally or personally, we should look for a mentor or a counselor, or even join a support group. When we share our concerns with others, they might have valuable insight into the situation, and their guidance and support can be the push we needed to feel energized again and work towards achieving our goals.