Burnout is defined as physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. Some early signs include high level of stress or anxiety, not getting enough sleep, illness, low level of energy-always feeling tired and fatigued, increase in addictive behaviour such as excessive dependence on caffeine or sugar to remain alert or eating comfort foods or lack of engagement.
Here are simple steps to put in place immediately once these signs are identified:
Schedule regular social activities
You can gain emotional fulfilment from spending time with friends and family. Make a conscious effort to meet new people, attend social/recreational events. Be active and have fun.
Follow a fitness plan
The mental satisfaction of knowing that you take care of your body can help prevent burn out. Physical exercise also increases your sense of fulfilment.
Pursue a hobby
Pick a hobby that has little or nothing to do with what you spend most of your week doing and pursue it with passion! A hobby that uses an entirely different skill set will set you on a good path for increased productivity.
Support a charity cause
Nothing brightens the soul or warms the senses like giving to another for no reason other than to give. Seek out somebody less fortunate than yourself and work to help them.
Remind yourself of your plan for your life
Take a day or an entire weekend and write a declaration of purpose for yourself. This process will give you focus as you put your intentions into writing. Looking at your life as a whole has a way of putting the stresses of the moment into perspective.
Stop making excuses
Accept responsibility for challenges that you face and find solutions to overcome them. Avoid blaming circumstances or people for your challenges and you will start seeing more of the good in your life.