“Burnout occurs when your body and mind can no longer keep up with the tasks you demand of them. Don’t try to force yourself to do the impossible. Delegate time for important tasks, but always be sure to leave time for relaxation and reflection.” – Del Suggs
I’ll cut to the chase. Being burnt out is no fun at all. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of being completely drained mentally, physically, and emotionally; burnout is the product of an insane amount of stress. We all put pressure on ourselves to find the right jobs, make the right investments, and utilize our time in the way we feel will get us the best return (we do this consciously and subconsciously) Burnout is downright unhealthy; and makes you feel apathetic to all life has to offer. Yet, there is a bright side! It is totally preventable with a little change in behavior and mindset. Here are my top three tips to prevent yourself from Burning Out:
Perspective – When you are burnt out you are really consumed in your own life. You might only see that report that’s due, or might only concentrate on what your boss said in that meeting. In essence you’re paranoid! Your brain wants you to slow down but for some reason you can’t. I’ve experienced this multiple times and use this simple exercise, which helps me alot. Before I go to bed every night I literally say out loud everything I’m thankful for. Whether it’s running water and food to family and friends; it’s important to say out loud all the things that you are thankful for. Take a moment to practice gratification and really connect to other people, and the life you’ve created for yourself. You might find by disconnecting from yourself you find rejuvenation in the world around you.
Relinquish Responsibility – It’s ok to step away from life for a little bit. Burnout typically happens when we are so consumed with controlling everything around us that we forget to let the cards fall. Just relax and let the universe play things out. Keep in mind there is no such thing as “good” or “bad”. only life experiences. Everything is the way we perceive it to be. When we feel we need to control everything we forget the most simplest things in life. I’ll give a brief example: when I bought my first investment property I was absolutely freaking out.
I had/have a very demanding full time job, I sell houses on the side and offer all of myself to my clients, I was trying to manage a relationship, and now I’m responsible for tenants on top of that! What if my tenants don’t pay rent? What if something major in the house breaks? What if I lose my job? (#Stressedoutyet?) I came to the realization that if you want to have everything (in my case achieving financial independence before 35) you have to be comfortable with losing everything or not having it to begin with. It’s not by accident that some of the poorest countries on earth who live the simplest of lifestyles have the happiest people; keep that in mind. It might sound silly but one of the best stress relievers to this day for me is to take a walk in the woods. For that time being there are no phone calls or emails only natural instinct and nature.
Take Care of Yourself – Keep in mind a bad case of burnout can take a while to recover from. Think of your brain being sprained. You need to take care of it, go easy on it, and let it heal. If you need to work while you’re burnt out (like I did) it’s really important to have self awareness to take a deep breath and go easy on yourself. It’s important that when you go home you shut off your phone, disconnect, and just relax. Really concentrate on the things you enjoy doing even if that means binge watching your favorite TV shows and not being productive for the time being. It’s ok to take a day or as many days as you need to take care of yourself. Relax, and let yourself get back to normal.
Conclusion – When going through Burnout it’s so important to take a step back from what you’re consumed in. It’s your brain’s way of saying, “no more!” Take your time to focus on yourself, whether it’s through meditation or just doing something you love. Practice gratification and flourish in all your accomplishments. You’ve come so far, you’re doing great, and you got this. Do you have any burnout prevention tips? Let us know in a comment below!