Are You Struggling With Burnout?
Alright, its time to face the facts (we know you don’t want to but its time).
Burnout is sh!t.
There are stages of burnout….Whhattttttt?
You can prevent burnout or at least try really hard to prevent it (all that stress is actually avoidable and yes, we are just as surprised as you are!)
Now that you know the facts, you need to learn about the five stages so you can avoid a breakdown…but if you cant, thats totally okay too!
Stages of Burnout:
Stage 1: the honeymoon phase - it doesn’t just apply to relationships. This is when you start a new task, a new job, or anything exciting and you are frolicking around on cloud nine and nothing can bring you down. Sound familiar? Yeah, us too. But wait, then cloud nine becomes a dark, stormy cloud, and thats where stage 2 comes in….cue eerie music.
Stage 2: the onset of stress. oh no, here it comes. Suddenly you aren’t so excited about that new gig anymore…you become more accustomed and the novelty has worn off a bit, and maybe you start noticing some days are becoming more stressful than others. All those emails, papers piling on your desk, a 9-5 job? Seriously?! Just wait, it gets worse.
Stage 3: Enter chronic stress. yay! There’s really not much to this stage, the name says it all. You are just stressed. all. of. the. time. And at this point, you should take some action to prevent burnout, but this is where most everyone fails.
Stage 4: Burnout! Oh no. The dreaded stage. At this point, you may be experiencing behavioural changes, social isolation, neglect of personal needs, and even the desire to drop out of society. It’s time for intervention and a total reset.
Stage 5: Last but not least, Habitual Burnout. What does this even mean?! Basically, the symptoms of burnout are so embedded in your life at this point, that you may actually experience depression, chronic sadness, and mental and physical fatigue. We hope it doesn’t come to this, but have no fear, solutions are here!
5 Tips to Prevent Burnout:
Now that we have rambled on and on about the stages of burnout, lets get down and dirty with the important stuff….things you can do to avoid burnout like the plague (or coronavirus in this case)!
Exercise! No, not extra fries. You need to get your body moving, even if its only for 20-30 minutes. Take a walk. Go for a bike ride. Hit the gym if thats your escape. Just do something active because your body and mind will thank you for it!
Eat a balanced diet. Its hard to imagine not picking up the phone and ordering Uber Eats all day everyday, but to truly heal your mind and body, you need to start from the inside. So more fruits and veggies people!
Get enough sleep. This is kind of one of those things that doesn’t seem possible with all the things going on in one’s life, but it makes all the difference. Aim to get 7-9 hours EVERY night, and if that means crawling into bed at 8pm so be it. Turn on a sleep meditation or wind down with a boring-ish book.
Ask for help! This is so important. You are not a superhuman (even though we believe that you are) so stop trying to do every little thing and take care of everyone. If you are helping people more than helping yourself, its time to take action and reach out to someone. Let someone help you for a change!
Spend time with just YOU. Turn off your phone, unplug, and be with yourself. Take a bath, do a face mask, or cuddle up and binge on some Netflix. Chill the f out. You’ll be glad you did.
Now that you know the stages and some ways to prevent burnout, it’s time to practice what we preach! You might just be amazed at what you can do if you start implementing good habits. So say goodbye to burnout, and hello to a brand new you!
As always, love from,
the unwstd. fam