how to: cope with feeling burnt out

Burnout seems to be more common in modern society. Here are the symptoms and how you can cope with the stress you're facing. Click through to read!

Burnout seems to be more common in modern society. Here are the symptoms and how you can cope with the stress you're facing. Click through to read.

I’ve noticed lately that a lot of people seem to be struggling with feeling burnt out in their day to day life. In a society that takes a bit of twisted pride in never calling out of work it’s frankly not surprising that people are getting to this point.

While I get that being overworked is partially a financial decision for many (and therefore largely a necessity), social media is definitely a huge contributor as well. The first thing we do when waking, and the last thing we do before sleeping, is scroll through our phones to observe others. This is creating a subconscious tally board against carefully curated highlight reels of all the things we aren’t accomplishing, even though we’re striving for something that isn’t obtainable because it’s not real.

WHAT IS BURNOUT?

So what the heck does it even mean to feel burnt out?? Well, it’s a state of chronic stress that can creep up on anyone, really. I think it used to be reserved for type-A personalities, but anyone who’s working too hard or just has too much on their plate can struggle with this feeling. Essentially you just reach a point where it feels like there’s no more reserves of energy or self left to give.

Burnout seems to be more common in modern society. Here are the symptoms and how you can cope with the stress you're facing. Click through to read!

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

 

• giving up on/not setting goals for yourself (because it feels pointless)

• feeling resentful and irritable

• suffering from stress-related health issues, where you get sicker more often

• struggling with insomnia

• depersonalization (feeling detached from actions/going through the motions)

• feeling mentally and physically exhausted

• allowing yourself to become withdrawn from your peers and things you enjoy

• struggling with depression

• using unhealthy mechanisms to cope (like drugs or food)

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HOW TO COPE

To fix the issue of burnout, you really have to focus on dealing with the stress in your life. Here’s some tips how:

  1. MAKE SURE YOU’RE GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. I know this is easier said than done for some, but if you put the phone down when you get to bed, I bet you’ll get yourself an extra half hour to hour of sleep at night. Making sure you’re getting adequate rest can really make all the difference in your mental state.
  2. ADD EXERCISE INTO YOUR SCHEDULE. Adding a couple 20 minute workouts a few times a week can greatly reduce your stress levels. Your body will release endorphins, which will up your mood like crazy, and let’s be real: you can work a 20 minute dance routine into your schedule while you’re getting ready in the morning (like I do).
  3. TAKE A BREAK. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, make sure you prioritize working breaks into whatever your routine for the day is. Being able to step away for a few minutes will help you regroup and find a mental “center”, which can be a game changer if you’re starting to feel a little frayed at the edges.
  4. CELEBRATE THE SMALL STUFF. When we start going through the motions, it’s really easy to just lose track of the whole dang picture. Make sure to keep little things in focus and celebrate your small victories, whether it’s putting your clothes away right after they’re washed (we’ve all lived out of a floor pile at least once), sticking with your diet for a day, or catching up with a friend. No shame in giving yourself a gold star.
  5. UNPLUG. Okay, I totally understand the feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out) that’s caused by not checking phones at all hours, but turn the dang thing on airplane mode every once in a while. There will always be more party photos, gossip, and celebrity drama to catch up on, so don’t worry that you’re gonna miss anything.

(Relevant reads: Tips for Dealing with Depression / Tips for Being Productive)

Burnout seems to be more common in modern society. Here are the symptoms and how you can cope with the stress you're facing. Click through to read!

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30 Comments

  1. Candice July 12, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    In this busy world, I find myself getting burned out quite often. Thank you for your tips! I’m going to pin this for future reference!

  2. Meg July 12, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    i needed to read this post. for weeks I have been saying I need to get active and start running again but I have been feeling so lethargic and just meh about everything. I need to get out of this funk, and this post has helped me see that. thank you.

  3. jamialix July 12, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    thank you for being so real <3

  4. jen July 12, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Awesome motivation!

  5. carmelhelen July 12, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    ‘Celebrate the Small Stuff’ and SLEEP!! It’s so hard to get that one in with kids in the mix too!!

  6. Cassidy July 12, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I definitely needed this today.

  7. Tiffany July 13, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Girl, I’m pretty sure you’re speaking right to me. I didn’t even realize the reason I havn’t been sleeping is due to this. I’ve got to get it together! Thanks for this 🙂

  8. Linda July 13, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    Love this post! So informative and helpful!

    Linda

  9. Krystal July 13, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    what a motivating post. Thank you for posting this!

  10. shannon July 13, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    needed this this week b/c its been so crazy!!!

  11. Alexis McDonell July 13, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Feeling totally burnt out right now and this was exactly what I needed to read. Thanks so much for your words of advice!

  12. Liz July 13, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    This is spot on!! Burnout is real and sometimes you just need a break.

  13. barriebismark July 13, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I’m definitely burned out. Life, work, being a mom…it’s a lot!

  14. Jessica Sheppard July 14, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Such a timely post! Love your list of what to do…it’s super hard to unplug…I struggle to take a break. Gonna be more disciplined with exercise too. Sooo good!

  15. chuky1958 July 14, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    So much wisdom on this post! I loved it!

  16. Nicole Banuelos July 17, 2017 / 10:13 am

    I really need to work on getting enough sleep – that is definitely key!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com July 17, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      same! I’ve been using the “bedtime” setting in my alarm to remind myself when to sleep. x

  17. joancajic July 17, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I am usually burnt out and I think I need to unplug once in a while and get back onto starting an exercise regimen, I think it would help calm me a bit. Thank you for these information, really helpful.

  18. floralextracts July 18, 2017 / 1:20 am

    I def make sure to unplug every once in a while! As for the exercise part, do you find that yoga works better for you to destress or do you prefer something else?

    xx Josephine | floralextract.com

  19. Kristen July 18, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Day to day life can be so overwhelming. We definitely need to sit back and relax.

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