How to prevent burnout

Published on 13 March 2024 at 08:24

Firstly, what is described as burnout?


Darling Downs Health defines burnout as complete mental, bodily, and emotional exhaustion. 


I have experienced burnout and have also come close to experiencing it several times, and it is something I am still learning to manage.


When we push ourselves tirelessly, striving for excellence and exceeding standards, whether in our careers, personal goals, or family responsibilities, I feel it is vital to assess to what end we can continue doing so and at what cost.


Is it worthwhile to sacrifice our mental health and well-being? Everything in life eventually fades, including people's expectations of us and even our own expectations change with time. I've learned that hard work requires balance, which includes taking breaks.


Setting aside time for ourselves is vital. We need time to unplug and genuinely focus on self-care, especially when life gets stressful. Otherwise, we risk reaching a state of complete burnout, in which we either shut down or break down.


Here are three things that can help you manage burnout:


  • Get sufficient sleep: Rest is essential for revitalising the mind and body.


  • Schedule time for yourself: Engage in activities that bring you peace and calmness, whether it's going to the gym, watching a movie, or spending time with loved ones.


  • Ask for help: Remember, no man is an island. Don't be afraid to seek assistance or admit that you can't handle everything alone. Delegating tasks to willing helpers can alleviate some of the burden.


Taking these steps can help prevent burnout and promote a healthier, more balanced life.



Anu Aborisade

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