By Anna Weis ’23 and Kira Schwarz ’22

Burnout is a condition that many working people fear will happen to them. Defined as a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity, burnout, no doubt, takes a toll on the mental and physical health of those affected. It is brought upon by being stressed or overwhelmed for a long period of time, making it especially difficult to recover from this state.

While burnout is hard to go through, it can actually help reset your outlook on dealing with stress. Incorporating a few simple steps can help prevent the possibility of going through it again, and help you develop a healthy balance in the future. Below are a few ways that you can bounce back stronger after experiencing burnout.

  • Establish a work-life balance

    It is important to draw a line between the time that you work and the time that is set for yourself. Compare the time commitment you agreed upon to the actual amount you are currently working. If you are experiencing burnout, you may find that you are working more than you committed to.

  • Cut out unnecessary stress

    A lot of the stress that people feel is self-induced. To cut back on stress, try to identify the tasks that are weighing you down and create a schedule to get everything done.

  • Do more things that bring you joy

    Instead of coming home from work disappointed that you have to go back the next day, try to plan activities in your spare time that you look forward to. Something as simple as making dinner, playing with your pet, or practicing a hobby can add more excitement to your daily routine.

  • Prioritize rest and self-care

    Going back to the basics by prioritizing sleep, exercise, and healthy eating are the top ways to reset your mental and physical health. In periods of exhaustion or fatigue, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself.

  • Plan things to look forward to

    With nothing to look forward to, your everyday efforts may seem endless. Planning a trip or activity you have wanted to do can act as a reward for all of your hard work.

  • Say “no” more often

    Having lots of activities on your plate can be fun, but it’s important not to overstretch yourself. It is okay to say no to plans if you are too exhausted to go out. Remember, it is better to take care of yourself in the long run than to please people in the present.

  • Communicate your feelings

    No one will know if you are burnt out if you do not share how you’re feeling. Tell your friends or coworkers that you need rest to help them understand what you are going through. They’ll possibly take tasks off your plate, as well.

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