How To Avoid Burnout
Here are 5 Common Signs of Burnout:
- High levels of stress or anxiety.
- Feeling frequently on edge, with adrenaline constantly coursing through your body. Physical illness can also contribute. Initially, the symptoms can be subtle. You may experience persistent colds, have a stomach bug or an upset stomach frequently, or a weak immune system in general. If early signs are ignored, your body may hit a wall and receive a more serious diagnosis.
- Not getting enough sleep.
- The suggested minimum amount of sleep is seven to eight hours each night, if you’re getting less than this, you risk some level of burn out.
- Increased Cynicism.
- Feelings of resentment or disconnection. You may notice yourself being more negative and cynical. Feeling cranky and defensive or snapping at people easily. You don’t make time to talk on the phone or connect with the people who matter most to you. If you’re feeling a lot of resentment towards others, chances are it’s because you’re not getting your needs met and you’re on the path to burnout.
- Excessive worrying, high level of self-criticism.
- Your mind cycles through the same worry filled thoughts again and again and you can’t seem to stop. The critical voice in your head is very loud, telling you constantly to do more, work harder, and no matter what you accomplish, you’re still not doing enough. There is no self-compassionate voice to balance out the critical voice, or if there is, it is very weak and you can barely hear it.
- Distracted Eating
- You eat your meals in front of a computer, television or while on the go (in the car, standing up, etc.)
What are some practical, simple & cost free anti burnout things to do?
- Note down 3 of the symptoms you are experiencing. Hopefully the above has helped you outline some of these.
- For each of 3 symptoms, setup and action set, or even a Stikk goal! An action step has a “What” and “By When”. For example, I will plan a vacation for January this year. This will be organised by 1st of November at 5pm regardless.
Avoiding burnout starts by putting some of these preventative measures in place. Getting support and setting clear action steps will help you implement these simple practices with greater ease.