Burnout are like every human worst nightmare but they cannot be avoided. If you suddenly feel like your life has become a routine and quite unproductive, you are likely burnt out. Do you wake up most mornings and feel like staying back in bed? Or do you just want to get home as soon as possible and retire to bed immediately? Some people, however, end up crying for no reason non stop and wish to go to a long sleep. All these are signs that you are burnout and need to find a reason to stay motivated.
For about 4 weeks, this was my position and it affected every sphere of my life. Most mornings, I stay longer in the shower for no reasons whatsoever and which to remain there all day. My routine became work-movies-sleep-eat-movies-eat and it went on and on like that. It got so bad I will just wake up and pick the first outfits I lay my hands on and wear them. And much later in the day, I would look at myself in the mirror telling myself, ‘I need to fire my stylist!’
I was living a ‘Just there life’. After a while, I started becoming resentful to people and things. Everything was unnecessarily upsetting me and I was becoming less and less uncoordinated and unproductive. All the things that I used to love suddenly became overwhelming. I became like a robot who has to be pushed to get things done. And then one evening, I sat down and went over it all.
How to Overcome Burnout and Stay Motivated
#1: Self Care
The first step to getting ahead of anything is to look after yourself. If you are burnout, chances are you deserve to take care of you first. You probably need to head to a spa to get those stiff bones out of the way and feel so pampered like you deserve. Also, you may need to spoil yourself a little bit if you have extra cash to splurge on things you love. All these may seem like going overboard or unnecessary but sometimes, self love goes a long way in making you feel important about yourself.
#2: Keep away from your phone and the news
Most often than not, the things that really get to us are false news and bad information that seem to envelop our minds. You may not even know this until it has eaten deep into you and affected you psychologically. To get out of it, stay away from your phone, social media pages and the news for a while until you are sure your mind can handle it all.
#3: Change your Routine
This may seem pretty basic but it is quite important to embrace a change in your routine to escape a burnout. Instead of going straight to the shower when you wake up, you can do a bit of exercise or take a few minutes walk. Rather than working from your office or home, you can seek a nice coffee shop and work from there. If you are used to driving yourself to work everyday, you can decide to ask someone to do same for you or take a public transport. Try and find a different approach in all the usual thing you do and embrace it.
#4: Dress your Best Always
One of the things that really affected me during this phase of mine was dressing so silly. It later occurred to me that how you see yourself in the mirror can affect the rest of your day. So first thing first is to switch up your dress game. Even if you are going through the worst, ensure you are looking your best. This will in a long way shape your day and help you overcome burnout in ways you never thought possible.
#5: REDESIGN YOUR SPACE
All you need often times to get your creative mojo back on is to redesign your space. Our spaces have a lot to do with how we feel and our creativity. This include work space, home space and environment. So during this phase of a burnout, you may want to get an interior decor to help you add a few touch here and there to your space or even do same yourself. A more beautiful and relaxing environment has a way of shaping our mindset.
#6: Speak to Someone or Write it Down
One of the best way I let out steam is either to rant or write out how I feel. The person you are speaking to may not even understand what you are saying or need to give a lengthy response. You just need to get a friend who is willing to listen and then you can share how you feel with them. In my case, it was during one of those non stop ‘I’m burnout and I don’t know what to do right’ rant that I figured out the way out. If you don’t have someone who can listen, you can record your own voice on your phone or write down how you feel. After doing these, read out the words or play the recording to yourself over and over again.
#7: Shut Down
Imagine when your phone suddenly hangs and refuses to work, what do you do? You turn it off and wait some moments before restarting it. While we are humans and not items, sometimes, all we need is to shut down and take some minutes, hours, days or even weeks to reboot. Find some place private and take a break from the rest of the world to find yourself again. Also, do some meditation, self care, and reflect on the why and how until you are motivated enough to start all over again.
What are some of the ways you get over a burnout, do share your thoughts in the comment section.
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