How to prevent burnout
It seems to be more and more popular to suffer from burnout, no matter what stage you're at in life. With high demands from our teachers, employers and the relationships around us, it's so easy to forget to prioritise ourselves.
Excessive and prolonged stress along with mental and physical exhaustion are perhaps the most common reasons for burnout. It can cause us to feel overwhelmed, and malnourished of energy, almost as if you're on autopilot, trying to get away with doing as little as possible just to get through the day. Sound familiar?
Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent burnout before you start to see the signs.
Schedule time wisely
The first thing you can do to prevent burnout is to start planning your weeks better. Every Sunday I like to get out my diary for the week and schedule out time for everything I have going on in the week. Work, gym, social events and time out to work on my passion projects. But the most important thing I schedule in, is time with myself - where I do the things I love to do, and time for my own self care. It's so important to make sure that you're not only looking after those around you, but that you make time for you and what's important to you.
Be careful who you spend time around
You'll be so surprised as to how the people around you influence the way you feel so much. Take a look at your circle, who are the people you're spending the most time around? What are they like? Are they positive people? It's worth starting to think about spending less time around people who are draining and negative (you know who they are!) and spending more time around the people that light you up and make you feel more positive
Try something new
Burnout is something that's generally caused by everyday life stresses and increased pressure around you. So maybe it's time to start switching things up and trying new things? Is there a hobby you've always wanted to try or a place you've always wanted to visit? Plan something that's a little bit different - something you can look forward to. Changing your surroundings is super important to keep you feeling fulfilled. The more you start to immerse yourself into your hobbies and things that you’re passionate about, the better.
Practice meditation and become more mindful
Having holidays and taking time out to spend time on the things you love and get a break is great, but it’s probably not realistic to wait for a holiday or for your allotted time so that you can focus on yourself. Fitting in meditation everyday, even if it’s just for five minutes and becoming more mindful throughout the day is something that can be done alongside even the busiest of schedules. The way that you practice mindfulness and meditation may be completely different to how someone else practices it, so don’t worry if you prefer peaceful walks or painting over yoga or breathwork. However, if you want to delve into meditation and you’re sure where to start, try apps like Headspace which can guide you through a meditation practice, even if you’ve never tried it before.
Make time for things you love
Making time for things you love is so important, yet so neglected. Think back to when you were a child, what did you love to do? What would you spend hours doing and not even notice the time go by? The problem with our mindsets at the moment is that unless our activities are earning us money, or seen as a ‘productive’ us of our time, we feel that having fun doing the things we love is a waste of time and energy. It’s really important to make time to do the things in life that light you up.
I hope this post has nudged you to start prioritising yourself in your life. If you’re still unsure about where to start, check out our resources page here which will give you some guides on where to start.
Lots of love, S x