3 TIPS TO AVOID BURNOUT & BOOST YOUR VITALITY
- Constantly run down and drained of physical and emotional energy?
- Easily overwhelmed and can never get to the end of your to-do list?
- Taking care of everyone else first and neglecting your own needs?
If so, you’re at HIGH risk of burning out.
In today’s vlog, I will share some CRUCIAL tips to help you manage your stress and energy to avoid burnout, AND if you already feel burned out right now, these tips will help guide you on your path to a quicker recovery.
Burnout is when the combination of stresses in your work and life drains you, running your internal energy account below zero. You are tapped out, exhausted, feeling cynical and hopeless, wondering if your work makes a difference in the world. And when that happens, the little voice in your head can start saying things like, “I’m not sure how much longer I can keep going like this.”
This downward spiral typically results from too much stress at work or home and an inability to recharge.
So what can you do about it?
Here are my top 3 Stress & Energy Management Tips to Avoid Burnout
TIP #1 KNOW YOUR STRESS PATTERNS
How does stress show up specifically for you?
For example, Some people notice that their stress pattern is mostly physical. They can’t sleep and have headaches, back pain, or fatigue.
Other people notice that their stress pattern is mostly emotional. They are anxious, short-tempered, or may even feel numb.
While others notice that their stress pattern is primarily mental, they can’t focus and procrastinate or make careless mistakes.
Whether stress shows up for you physically, emotionally, mentally, or all three, the first step to managing it is to develop self-awareness around your specific stress patterns.
When you know what raises your stress levels and drains your energy reserves, you can take steps to stop it from growing into chronic overwhelm and debilitating burnout.
TIP #2 RECHARGE YOUR ENERGY DAILY
Our lives tend to be overloaded and overstimulated, so much so that we think being stressed out and overwhelmed is actually normal.
If you’re trying to conquer a daily never-ending to-do list and your energy becomes depleted, you MUST find ways to recharge, or you WILL crash and burn.
Managing your stress and energy is a daily practice. I strongly encourage you to have a plan and a method to relax, recharge and relieve excess stress to avoid burnout and maintain optimal well-being.
TIP #3 ESTABLISH WORK-LIFE BOUNDARIES
Work on establishing and communicating clear work-life boundaries. For example, avoid checking your phone or email after work hours to be a better guardian of your energy.
Remember, YOU are in charge of your schedule! That means Your hours outside of work CAN focus on energy-giving activities to help you maintain a healthy energy balance.
Plan and schedule your work activities weekly and develop the habit of doing this in advance. This will allow you to set better boundaries around your work schedule and begin planning your off-work hours so you don’t give in to always putting others’ needs before your own.
“Burnout syndrome” is recognized as an official medical diagnosis and results from unmanaged chronic workplace stress. If you’re struggling with energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance, feelings of negativism or cynicism related to your work, and reduced professional efficacy, you do NOT need to continue to live this way.
Professional help is available for you, and things can improve! However, it’s important to acknowledge that you MUST be proactive and implement the stress and energy management tips I provided. They will help you develop resilience to work-life stressors and ultimately avoid burnout.
Remember, if you are currently feeling over-stressed, exhausted, or burned out, it will take NEW action steps to get your life back into a healthy energy balance. But you can do this.
I believe in you!
And it’s worth it to keep yourself well so you can continue to do the amazing work of helping others.
Teena Evert is an integral psychotherapist and a holistic-energy practitioner who supports the healing of empaths and sensitives who help others who are in pain and suffering. She teaches her clients the essential skills to recover and heal from empathic distress and chronic burnout, so they can learn how to maintain a high level of health and well-being while caring for others.