We live in a world that thrives on the fast pace. For many people, the amount of success you experience equals how busy you are. They think the busier, the better.
However, the act of being busy does not always mean you’re successful. In fact, if you’re not careful, you may find yourself suffering from burnout.
I’ve always loved the following quote by Socrates:
“Beware the barrenness of busy life.”
It seems he knew that ultra-busyness may really mean that you’re doing a lot of things to pass the time, but they aren’t necessarily bringing you much value.
A state of burnout can be described as feeling depleted and exhausted physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. If you’re burned out, you’ve been burning the candle at both ends. You’ve been on autopilot. You’ve been hustling and bustling without taking enough time in between to rest and recharge – and it’s caught up to you.
I think most of us can relate to being busy at times. Parents can especially relate to this, as you can get quite busy raising children. If you work and have children to raise, life becomes even busier. Here in the West, there tends to be subtle pressure on parents to get their children involved in various extracurricular activities. While this can be most beneficial for the children, running kids around town to attend practices and events can put an even greater weight on parents timewise.
But even if you don't have children, it's easy to become ultra-busy in a variety of ways. Today, I'll share with you 5 things you can do to prevent burnout. It's easier than you think. The toughest part is to actually discipline yourself to take the time an effort to follow the tips.
1. Get Enough Sleep
This may seem basic, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t get adequate sleep. They stay up late working, watching television, partying, or fiddling with social media. Then, they’re up at the crack of dawn off to work. They drink caffeine to help them through the day and continue this cycle day in and day out, at least until it catches up to them.
To help prevent burnout, be sure you’re getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. If you absolutely can’t right now due to say, having a baby at home who wakes a few times a night, then take a nap each day to make up for lost sleep.
Get used to having a bedtime routine that soothes you and helps you relax. And, get to bed at a reasonable hour.
2. Track Your Time
Do you know how much free time you have each day? It’s easy to get stuck on autopilot and just keep busy all day and evening. You may complain about how busy you are because you feel ultra-busy. However, maybe you’ve got more free time than you think and you’re just not utilizing it.
Take some time over the next week to track what you do with your time. Then, take note of how much free time you actually have. If you can’t find any free time, determine what you’re doing that you don’t need to be doing.
For example, maybe you’re scrolling social media for two hours a day total. Well, you don’t “need” to scroll for that long, do you?
You could cut an hour and free yourself up to do something that relaxes and recharges you. Sure, maybe Facebook or Instagram helps you relax, but there are other ways to rest and recharge that are even better, such as meditation, sitting in nature listening to the whispers of nature, slipping into a hot bath, or simply sitting in silence.
Determine what relaxes you and take time to do those things regularly.
3. Get A Hobby
Do you have a hobby that you enjoy? A creative outlet?
Taking time regularly to engage in a hobby that you enjoy can help prevent burnout. Unlike some daily activities that tend to take your energy, such as working, a hobby tends to give you energy.
Take fishing, for example. Many people love to get out there on the water, unwind, and enjoy the serenity of nature. This gives them energy.
There are plenty of hobbies to choose from. If you’re not sure what you may enjoy doing, do a Google search on “hobby ideas”.
4. Have Supportive Friends
Another thing you can do to prevent burnout is to surround yourself with some positive, supportive friends. It's quite easy to get into the routine of going to work and coming home alone. It's easy to isolate and avoid others, or only have interaction on social media.
It's also really easy to avoid reaching out for support when you are struggling. Research indicates that those who have at least one good friend and engage with them regularly tend to live happier, more peaceful lives.
Do you have a friend or two that you can count on? Are you spending quality time with them regularly? If not, make the effort to cultivate at least one good friendship so you can journey life with that deep bond. If you need extra support, consider reaching out to a therapist. You certainly don't have to go through this life feeling alone. It might take some effort, but it's worth it.
5. Inspire Yourself
Life can become busy and things don’t always go as planned. That’s just the way life seems to go. A great way to keep yourself from experiencing burnout on any level is to regularly inspire yourself.
What is it that inspires you?
Listening to music? Watching inspirational videos? Reading books? Hiking in nature?
Take time regularly to feed your soul with uplifting, encouraging things. It will take a solid commitment to investing in yourself like this. It’s easy to get caught in the “hum drum” cycle of life, so purpose in your heart today to inspire yourself daily.
It’ll make a difference in your attitude and help prevent burnout.
As you journey through this life, it might get busy at times. However, if you’re aware of how you can prevent burnout, you’re much more apt to face life refreshed, recharged, and rejuvenated.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how busy do you rate yourself?
Do you think you’re headed for a burnout? If so, what can you do to prevent this?
Give yourself permission to slow down, breathe deeply, relax, and recharge more often. I’m fairly certain this is the kind of life you’d like to get used to.