How to Recover From Burnout
Whether you recognize it or not, we've all experienced burnout at some point in our lives.
From feeling depressed when you've overworked yourself at school to feeling like the joy has been sucked out of you at work, burnout is a state of emotional and physical exhaustion that needs to be addressed.
To help you out on your journey, we've gathered a few tips on burnout recovery to help you bounce back. Because this is something that can happen to anyone, no matter where they are in their lives, and you deserve happiness.
But, recognize that these are not simple fixes for burnout. There is not a fast cure. It's a long journey some of these tips to overcome burnout may work for you and some may not. You'll have to find the perfect solution for you.
We are not doctors and each case of burnout is different. However, if you need to speak to someone regarding your emotional state at this time, please reach out to a trusted medical professional.
1. Reach Out to Someone
Whether it's making a friend at work or finding someone outside of the situation, it's important to reach out to people.
As people, we need meaningful human connection and support systems to help us through difficult times when you need to vent or just need another perspective.
2. Take a Break
When you recognize that you're burnt out, then it's important to stop or at least slow down on the things that are making you feel burnt out. Perhaps it's time to take a vacation, a sabbatical, or simply a few days to focus on yourself and re-evaluate your goals and values.
3. Learn to Say "No"
When you're trying to recover from burnout, the last thing you need is to take on any new projects. It will only increase stress and workload. You'll likely just end up back where you started.
However, as with any case, be sure to remain professional.
4. Find a Hobby or Something You Find Meaningful to You
While something like a vacation is temporary, something like picking up a hobby is a lasting solution to burnout. Try to take a class on something that you've always wanted to do. Maybe that's dancing. Maybe that's coding. Whatever it is, just make sure that it makes you happy.
5. Make Sure You Have the Basics Covered
No matter your method, you should probably make sure that you're taking care of yourself with the proper amount of sleep, exercise, healthy eating, and self-care. And if you aren't, then please invest in the time. You might be surprised in how you feel after a few lifestyle changes.
6. When You're Ready to Dive Back In, Start Small
When you're ready to dive back into work, make sure you don't just get back into the habit that caused you to burn out in the first place. Start off with smaller projects and work your way back up to where you feel the most comfortable. And remember to take what you've learned on your break, including goal re-evaluation, and incorporate your work into that routine.