How to handle burnout
- Talk to someone you trust, a friend or family member. Be honest with how you have been feeling. You can also talk to your GP for advice or a mental health professional.
- Schedule some time off work. Rest is important!
- Sleep! - Rest your body and mind. If you have been having sleep problems talk to your GP.
- Exercise - Finding a form of exercise that you enjoy is really important for managing stress.
- Prioritise self-care. Do something that helps you relax.
- Look at the stressors in your life - do you have a way of getting this stressor out of your life? Can you find a way to deal with it?
- Do something fun. Go out with friends, to the cinema or for dinner. Get involved with an old hobby or a new one, anything that you enjoy.
- Talk with your employer so they can support you. It might help to adjust your hours or get help with some of the workload.
- You might need to consider if the job is right for you. Ask yourself- Is this job too stressful? Do I love this job? Can I handle this job? If not you may need to look at a change.
How to prevent burnout
- Practice good sleeping habits and try to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep. Our bodies need time to rest
- Eat healthy balanced meals
- Exercise keeps your body and mind healthy. It can be great for dealing with stress as you concentrate on the movement of your body or your breathing.
- Try mindfulness techniques like meditation to help stay calm and de-stressed
- Make sure to take regular breaks while working, even just to stretch and get some fresh air
- Take up a hobby like painting or hiking, join a club or sport. Don’t let your whole life be work.
- Talk to someone you trust about what is stressing you out. Don’t carry everything on your shoulders. Maybe take up counselling, especially if you have a high pressure job.
- Ask for help! - be that at home or at work. Have a new baby? Ask someone to babysit. Got a big project due in a week? Ask a colleague to help out with a part of it.
- Remember - you don’t need to be super all the time. It’s okay to say I can’t do that right now or I need help with that. People will understand.
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