In today’s fast-paced world, preventing burnout is crucial for maintaining your physical and mental well-being. Burnout can impact your personal and professional life, so it’s essential to take proactive steps to protect your health.
Unfortunately, I have hit burnout twice in my life and I wanted to share some simple tips to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
Here are TEN effective ways to prevent burnout and ensure you stay at the top of your health and well-being:
Start to become of aware of how you are feeling and learn to recognise when you are beginning to feel overwhelmed by things. Being AWARE is key to understanding how your world is affecting you and by practising self-awareness, you build an understanding of yourself and know when things are getting too much.
By implementing a DAILY ENERGY AWARENESS CHECK, you tune into yourself and track your energy highs and lows. Moreover, do this regularly and it will help you to spot when things are getting too much so you can take preventative steps.
BOUNDARIES are invisible walls of protection. They are an important line of defence to protect your wellbeing. Make it clear, firstly to yourself, what is acceptable and what is not. Then hold yourself to them and learn to push back. Boundaries are there for a reason, so use them.
Create clear boundaries between work and personal life, particularly important if you are working from home. Regulate your work and personal time and create a clear separation.
3. GET A GOODNIGHT’S SLEEP
Ensure you get enough quality sleep each night. Sleep is crucial for physical and mental rejuvenation. Try and stick to a regular bedtime and make time to allow your mind to unwind (avoid blue screens at least 30 minutes before bed…
Find out more tips on the SLEEP MAGIC blog post – click here to read full blog article
4. TAKE BREAKS
Regular breaks throughout the day are essential. Even short breaks can refresh your mind and help maintain focus and productivity.
TWO MINUTE TIME OUT: step away from the ‘drama’ and breath. Take ten long, slow inhales and exhales. This activates your parasympathetic nervous system which will help to reduce your heart rate and anxiety levels.
5. TIME MANAGEMENT
Efficiently manage your time by setting realistic goals, prioritising tasks, and avoiding over-commitment. Time management reduces stress and prevents feeling overwhelmed. To do lists are great ways to keep control of your tasks.
This is another non-negotiable… Schedule time in your day for at least 10-minutes of self-care. This is way for your body to de-stress and allow your energy to re-fuel.
Self-care can take many forms, such as reading a book, a bath, meditation, a run or yoga practice. It is a way for your body to decompress from the pressures of the day and aid recovery.
7. LEARN TO SAY ‘NO’
Don’t be afraid to decline additional tasks or responsibilities when you’re already stretched thin. Saying NO is a valuable skill that protects your energy.
If you are a ‘people-pleaser’ it is hard to say ‘No’, however, remember you are saying it so you protect your health to care for your loved ones – do it for them, if not yourself.
Click here to read more tips on setting Boundaries and the power of saying ‘No’.
8. EAT WELL AND EXERCISE
A balanced diet with nutritious foods provides your body with the energy it needs to cope with stress. Avoid excessive caffeine, sugary snacks and alcohol which can lead to energy crashes. Your body requires a good range of vitamins and minerals to work.
If you have little time to eat, grab a salad or a piece of fruit and drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated.
9. MINDFULNESS AND RELAXATION
Practice mindfulness meditation and relaxation techniques to reduce stress and increase resilience. These practices help you stay calm in the face of challenges.
10. SEEK HELP
Share your concerns and challenges with friends, family, or a therapist. Talking about your feelings can provide emotional support and help prevent burnout.
Many of us really don’t know ourselves very well, and in particular busy women. Take time to explore WHO YOU ARE and WHAT YOU WANT/NEED.
The more you understand yourself and your own needs and desires, the easier it will be to know when things are not right for you. Make yourself a mini-research project – daily journaling is a great way to do this.
YOU are responsible for YOU.
Make sure your well-being energy cup is topped up first, so you have enough to help others.
Take ownership of your life and work out what is best for you. When you are living a life with PURPOSE, you will create a deeper connection with yourself and understanding of what is right for you.
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