As someone who has suffered from corporate fatigue and burnout, I know firsthand how the stress and how the fear of being seen as ‘weak’ can wreak havoc on the mind, spirit and body. Some situations can feel mentally and emotionally abusive. Not wanting to admit to yourself, let alone others is a lonely and often terrifying place to be.
But here are some tips to get back to feeling like yourself again as well as honoring the current space you’re in.
If you’ve recently suffered burnout, you’ll likely be looking for ways to restore your peace, health, and happiness. It’s important to treat yourself lovingly after such a trauma to your system so you don’t develop chronic health conditions.
Burnout can cause all sorts of mental and emotional issues, including anxiety and depression. You should try to recognize the signs that lead to burnout, but this may not always be possible. If you concentrate on restoring yourself after burnout, you can avoid these issues and get your true self back.
Consider these burnout tips to help you regain your strength:
#1 Find A New Direction. The best, most permanent, way of dealing with burnout is to focus on making sustainable life changes. Ask yourself whether or not you’re happy in your current situation. Perhaps it’s time to make a major life shift, such as a new career or even relocating to a new city.
#2 Take A Break. It’s best to get away from the situation that has caused you to burn out. This may mean going out for a walk and getting away for a few hours, or it may mean giving yourself a full-blown vacation. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on a vacation. Your goal is to relax and clear your mind. You can certainly accomplish this with a staycation at a local hotel.
#3 Solve The Problem. If you’re currently in the middle of a stressful situation, take action to solve the problem right away as best as you can. Consider the possible solutions to the problem and ask for help from others if necessary. It’s easier said then done sometimes so give yourself grace when attempting to find a solution. Just don’t bury your head in the sand, otherwise, the problem will only get worse.
#4 Gain Control. Take control of the situation where possible. Realize that you can solve your problems and you’re not doomed to remain in this state forever. At the same time, however, have the wisdom to accept that there are situations that are beyond your control and learn when to bow out gracefully. Do what you can to improve your situation, but avoid worrying about the things out of your control.
#5 Be Open and Honest. Sometimes it’s best to set your pride aside and ask for help when you need it. Open up about the issues you’re facing with a mentor or colleague. If that’s not an option for you, seek the help of a licensed therapist.
#6 Stress Management. If burnout tends to be a common occurrence for you, it would be in your best interest to start studying some stress management techniques. There are certain things you can do to combat stress:
- Don’t take on too much at work or at home. Learning the art of delegation is a miracle worker!
- Remember that you can – and should – tell people “no.”
- Make time for yourself. It is not selfish, it is a necessity.
- Ask for help from others. For many of us, not doing this is what led to the burnout in the first place.
#7 Know Your Warning Signs. Once you’ve suffered burnout, you’ll certainly want to know how you can avoid a similar situation in the future. Study the factors that led to burnout, and identify your mistakes so you can avoid making them again.
In the end, these strategies will help you regain peace with yourself. If there are any outstanding issues that you need to resolve, seek solutions so you can achieve peace. You can do so through self-reflection, prayer, meditation, and communication or whatever else allows clarity to enter. You must also always remember to self-advocate because no one else will do it for you.