How to deal with burn out

Dealing with burnout is crucial for both your mental and physical well-being. Understanding when to be able to recognise and acknowledge that you are experiencing burnout is key as accepting it is the first step towards recovery. With this in mind, here are some ways help prevent or overcome burnout:

– Self-Care: Self-care activities should be practised, this includes things such as make sure you’re getting  enough sleep, eating well, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. This could include finding hobbies that you like.

– Set Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life. Avoid bringing work home, and set specific times for work-related activities. Learn to Say No: Don’t be afraid to say no to additional tasks or commitments if you are already feeling overwhelmed. Setting realistic boundaries is crucial for preventing burnout. 

– Take Breaks: Incorporate regular breaks into your workday. Short breaks can help refresh your mind and prevent fatigue. Not only this but ensure you take regular holidays or breaks to recharge. If possible, change your environment for a short period. A weekend getaway or even a day spent outdoors can provide a mental reset. Even short breaks can have a positive impact on your well-being.

– Delegate and Prioritise: Learn to delegate tasks when possible and prioritise your workload. Focus on the most important tasks and let go of non-essential ones. 

– Seek Support: Talk to friends, family, or colleagues about your feelings. Sometimes, sharing your thoughts and concerns can provide valuable perspective and support. 

– Professional Help: If burnout is affecting your mental health significantly, consider seeking help from a mental health professional. They’ll be able to provide guidance and support tailored to your situation.  

Remember, overcoming burnout is a gradual process, and it’s important to be patient with yourself. Speak to a manager at work If your burnout is severe or persistent, consider seeking professional guidance to develop a personalised plan for recovery.

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