Those of us who have a lot going on in our lives at once know how easy it is to get burnt out. As someone who has been burnt out before I have picked up many tips and tricks for avoiding burn out so I thought I’d write a list of them since we’re getting into the second half of the year and many people are gearing up for exams and other deadlines.
What is burn out?
Burn out is when you work yourself so hard you physically can’t carry on.
If you are constantly pushing yourself to your limits and never allowing yourself to rest and recover or have any time to yourself then you will get burnt-out easily and quickly.
Often when you have a lot going on in your life at once you try to do everything and end up burnt out – so much so that you aren’t able to give your full energy and focus to anything anymore.
Avoiding burn out is important so that you can do your best in every aspect of your life whilst keeping sane and ensuring that the life you lead is sustainable and healthy!
Have a plan
This will come as a shock to absolutely no one but one of the key things that help you avoid burn out is not letting yourself get to a point that you need to be constantly working or can’t afford to take a break.
A lot of people get burnt-out in exam seasons when they have a lot of exams and deadlines and need to do 15 hour days just to fit everything in.
The best way to do this is to plan in advance how much work you have to do and spread it out so you have plenty of time to do it all.
I have shared a few times how to use your planner for success so if you’re struggling with that then go over and read those posts now.
Having a planner also helps you have an overview of what you’re doing and when which gives you an idea of your obligations, which brings us to our next point.
Say no sometimes
If you’re busy all the time you will get burnt out. Sometimes you just have to say no.
I am guilty of not doing this but sometimes you can’t say yes to everything. If you say yes to all the plans you get invited to, all the extra credit work at college/uni and every overtime shift you will get burnt-out very quickly.
You don’t want to be out of the house every hour of every day or working constantly so when you’re agreeing to plans be sure to keep yourself in mind!
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
Similar to the previous point you do not want to take too much on at once. Having a to-do list a mile long that you tell yourself you must get done will demotivate you and tire you out pretty quickly. Especially if it’s something that you are doing every day!
Only allow yourself to set tasks for the day that are achievable – be realistic with yourself about how much you can achieve!
Making sure that you have achievable goals and plans for the day will help you in avoiding burn out on not just that day but in general as well!
Take some time for yourself and practise self-care
Despite our best efforts we can still start to feel like we are stretching ourselves too thin.
My secret is when I start feeling tired or de-motivated I take maybe a day or so out.
This time is mine, I don’t do work that isn’t urgent, I just take the time to chill out. Watch a film. Do my nails.
Taking time for myself can help me feel more grounded and once I’ve had space from the work I can come back at it with a positive mindset and do it well.
Obviously, this is easier said than done when there is a lot to be done which is why I sometimes schedule this time in advance to ensure I get a bit of time to myself at all!
Ask for help when you need it
No matter what you do you might just have too much to do or be permanently burnt out.
If that happens it’s time to ask for help.
Universities often have help centres where you can go and get help or ask for extensions on work.
If you are really struggling remember to go take advantage of these services!