How to treat burnout
Because your mind needs some R&R too
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Are you mentally and physically drained? Do you feel constantly overworked? Are you forever trying to clear your to-do list? Don’t despair - it happens to all of us. In a study, almost half of the participants said they felt burnt out at some point.
In a time where it seems like everyone has a side hustle or is working several jobs, being busy seems perfectly normal. But being busy has a cost. It can lead to you feeling stressed or overwhelmed, aka burnt out. Burnout culture is real - the WHO (World Health Organization) has officially declared it a medical diagnosis. Arianna Huffington founded Thrive Global with a mission to help people reduce stress and burnout.
Another study showed that participants with high stress over eight days had the highest instances of depression and anxiety a decade later. This means that what we do now most definitely has ramifications in the future, so we’ve compiled some tips for a mental recharge.
How to recharge?
The first step to taking care of your mind is to take care of your body.
- Eat healthier: When you eat better, you feel better - incorporate more leafy greens and fruits into your diet.
- Exercise: Being active for as little as 20 minutes each day fills your body with serotonin (which makes you feel good) and can make a huge difference. Try going for a walk after dinner or a yoga class on the weekend.
- Catch more Zzz’s: Sleep is good. Sleep is healing. The recommended amount of sleep is 7 - 9 hours - any less and you're on the fast track to burnout.
When it comes to combating burnout, it’s important to pay attention to your mind.
- Focus on the positives: So much of burnout can come from thinking about all the things you still have to do. Jot down a quick list of things you’ve achieved or already completed to help you focus on the positives. This is why checking off items on your to-do list is so satisfying!
- Use aromatherapy: Lavender and sage have been known to help reduce stress and aid sleep. Put a few drops into a diffuser and let your mind relax.
- Take a break: Having fun and actively taking a break is crucial for your mental health. Go away for the weekend, catch up with family and friends, stay in and read, or go dancing - choose whatever works for you. The important thing is to try to be present and let go of your worries for a few hours.
- Have a romp: Guess what? When you have sex, your endorphins (those feel-good hormones) increase. And afterward, you’re much calmer too.
- Meditate: Meditation is very helpful in calming the mind and helping you focus. It’s also been proven to help with anxiety and depression. Try apps like Headspace or Calm.
- Unplug: Social media can put life in a filtered lens where everything seems perfect when they rarely are. This can result in unrealistic pressures and expectations to live up to. Put social media on pause and unplug for a few hours each day.
- Take a bath: There’s nothing more soothing than a warm bath. Use Epsom salt because they help clear out toxins, soothe muscles, and decrease inflammation.
- Pamper yourself: We’re well aware that putting on a face mask won’t solve all your problems but damn, it feels good to make time for yourself and a little self-care 💁🏻♀️.
- Get lit (with a book): Reading helps you to escape reality and become immersed in another world for a little bit. For some book recommendations, check out our books to read this year.
Small tweaks to your everyday routines can have a significant effect on your mental health. However, everyone is different and has different needs. What works for someone else may not work for you. We’re all about self-care and self-love in whatever form that looks like to you. While we’ve compiled these tips on how to mentally recharge and fight burnout, we encourage you to explore and find what works for you.