Fight burnout with these self-help tips

Tiffany L. Neri
·3 min read

IN ANOTHER article, we wrote about the four stages of burnout, which are caused by many things, but mostly by prolonged and excessive stress.

It has been worse these days. Many people have gotten the “pandemic burnout”—the real deal that should not be taken lightly with all that has been happening in the world lately.

That being said, there are ways to make the world a kinder place to live in for yourself or for someone who needs it to be. Many of these ways come with a shift in perspective.

Luckily, there are quite a bunch of factors that can help someone prevent or recover from burnout, too.

Five self-help tips to reduce burnout:

1. Recognize what you are going through.

The first step is to recognize the symptoms of burnout—that you are going through some sort of a hurdle and want to get out of it.

2. Reach out to people.

Join a group with a cause that is meaningful to you. Reconnect with a friend.

The feeling of helplessness is a lonely road. One of the natural ways to de-stress and snap out of it is some sort of social contact. Opening up to people can help you more than you realize. But on that note—

3. —Cut off or stay away from toxicity.

It is important to recognize the toxic aspects of your life and reduce contact if you can’t cut them off completely. Try, as much as possible, to limit the time you spend doing things that give you negative vibes or being with those kinds of people. That is when and where detoxification begins.

4. Re-frame your outlook on work.

We need money to survive and work to have money. Since it’s unavoidable, try taking deliberate steps toward improving your state of mind. How? Find value in your work by focusing on aspects of the job you do like (like lunch breaks with the office mates) and reminding yourself about what you can do to help other people. The latter usually works in helping you find meaning.

5. Find balance in your life.

Oftentimes burnout is caused by an imbalance. If you hate your job, find satisfaction and purpose in other aspects of your life like friends, family, hobbies—spend your free time doing something that brings you joy. Take time off when you need it. Set boundaries by learning to say no. And set aside time for relaxation and loads of sleep.

There are so many things we can do—and stop doing—that will help us slowly break free from that mind-numbing prison of burnout. But the most important way to overcome it is mindfulness.

We have to be mindful of the things that cause stress and stay mindful about how to manage them.

Recognize. Reach out. Cut off. Re-frame. Find balance. These are five little self-help tips that can change your life if you let them.

Are you suffering from burnout? Read about the four stages of burnout.