5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Burnout

Mental health has become a topic of discussion over the recent years as more people are finding ways to express the struggles and emotions they face in their everyday lives. The topic is talked about more openly recently than it was in the pre-2000’s. The pandemic brought more eyes to the sensitive topics as millions were confined to their homes to fight against the virus, living in fear of losing their jobs and facing increasing living costs. However, coming back to the workplace was not so easy either as it is recorded 73% of the UK experienced burnout in 2020. In this blog, we explore different ways you can protect yourself from burnout!

“Burnout is a type of exhaustion caused by a constant feeling of being overwhelmed. As a result, there is a buildup of emotional, physical, and mental stress.”

1. Take Short Breaks Between Tasks

There will be days when tight deadlines will be stacked on top of a hefty workload, so it is not always easy to put this into practice. Even so, it is critical to listen to the signals that your body tries to give you. Take short breaks between different tasks to keep your mind refreshed or make yourself a drink or stretch your legs outside for five minutes before returning to work.

2. Spend Some Time With Friends or Family

It is okay to feel overwhelmed on some days; it is important to remember that you are not alone and that you are only human. There are limits to what we can do. We suggest taking some time to spend with family or friends and doing something you enjoy. Tell them your feelings. You do not have to worry about sounding like you are ranting. They will listen and support you.

How about organising a game night?

Do you and your friends have a favourite spot in your local town with some good food?

Why not plan a visit!

Even going for a walk on a nice day can do wonders, being surrounded by loved ones will help uplift your spirits for the better.


3. Catch Up On Your Beauty Sleep

We can all relate to waking up in the morning and feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep. Today, with the increasing demand for work, we seem to have lost the true value of sleep, opting to stay up working in the early hours instead.

Therefore, we need to remember that our “health is wealth”. Lack of sleep has been found to influence our moods and how we move about our day. It is critical that you try and get 6-8 hours of beauty sleep to feel fresh the next day. Stay on top of your sleeping schedule; your body will thank you for it!

(Take a look at Bob Ross’ painting videos if you need some help sleeping… trust us!)

4. Schedule Your Routine

The impact of being well structured and organised can prove to be invaluable. Some do it better than others, but that’s OK! In today’s technological age, there are so many apps available to help us plan and allocate time for our busy days; it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you! Remember to allocate some sweet “me time” to gather your thoughts.

Allow yourself a little wiggle room in your schedule for any tasks that take longer than expected. This will allow you to deal with it smoothly and not impact your work, helping you to keep stress levels to a minimum!

5. Mentally Resetting Yourself

For those who need to hear it, Take your holidays! You don’t have to fly to Santorini for a week (although that sounds like a fantastic idea, doesn’t it?). It can be as simple as giving yourself a day or two to disconnect from work and do the things you want to do.

Want to catch up on sleep? Go for it.

Do you want to binge watch your favourite movie box collection? Go for it.

You should never feel bad about taking a step back to mentally reset yourself,

especially on days when everything seems a little too much for you. Keep checking in on your friends and loved ones too; you never know how a simple conversation can help someone in need of it.

Thank You For Reading!

If you or someone you know needs help, the link below will provide you with more useful information.
https://www.mind.org.uk/

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