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.
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• allowing yourself to become withdrawn from your peers and things you enjoy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)We're creating a tally board against carefully curated 'highlight reels' of all the things we aren't accomplishing.Click To Tweet
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:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.