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Do you like balloons? Whether you do or you don’t, you’ve probably seen a deflated balloon before. It seems so sad, and is no longer full of life like it was before – and it can’t do anything that it could do before!
You must be wondering – what on earth does this have to do with burnout? Well, that deflated balloon is practically burnt out. It’s sad when a balloon deflates (unless you hate balloons – but let’s pretend you love them for now!) – and it’s sad when we become burnt out, because we often struggle to come back from it.
Whether you’re currently experiencing burnout, or you want to nip it in the bud before it gets to you, this post is for you!
What actually is burnout?
Burnout is defined as “a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed” by the World Health Organization.
In simpler terms, burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion, caused by prolonged stress.
No-one likes burnout. The state of exhaustion can lead to results in academic and non-academic based fields that are a lot less than great.
When we are burnt out, we can always find that the quality of our work falls A LOT.
Because, it brings about a lack of enthusiasm and motivation, and we stop caring about our work!
Why does Burnout occur?
Burnout often happens when we push ourselves to far. When we push ourselves over the edge. It is caused by prolonged stress, leading us to need a proper break. Most of the time however, we do not get that break which we need and deserve, and so we continue through burnout, and the quality of our work decreases.
How can we stop burnout while we’re ahead?
Burnout is easily avoidable, but most people simply don’t take the steps necessary for this.
There are many things you can do, such as:
- Take regular breaks, during the day, and take (at the very least) a Sunday afternoon of every week.
- Prioritise Self-Care, and make sure you unwind every day, and forget about all your work and stress for at least an hour every day.
- Organise your work and studies in such a way that allows you to easily keep on top of everything you need to do.
- Set realistic goals, because unrealistic goals can be a big factor in high stress levels.
Taking these steps to stop burnout can be really helpful.
How to come back from Burnout
Burnout is something we tend to stay in for a while, but it’s not impossible to come back from it! We have to be able to come back from it!
Take a well needed break.
A good, well needed break is often needed, but it depends on the kind of break.
Sometimes, it’s good to get out of the country, and go abroad and have fun. But, of course, that’s not something that everyone can do. You can definitely go on fun adventures in your own country.
Taking a day out to a theme park might be you thing. Or maybe you need to take a day to lie in bed. Perhaps a week of, with nothing planned is the right thing for you.
I find boredom for prolonged periods or time can often be a motivator to go back to school and work hard.
Of course, this has to be done in the right way, other wise you might be even worse when you go back. To use the boredom technique properly, you’ll need to delete all your major distractions (such as YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, etc, etc), and you need to be the kind of person this will work for.
Seek Help from Others
Often times we try hard to do things alone, to be completely independent. But it’s important to understand when you are taking on too much work and responsibility.
Others can help you to have fun, or to enjoy school (or work) a bit more.
Of course, it’s harder to delegate tasks to others when you are in school, but I’m sure there’s something you’re doing that someone else could also be doing.
Remember that you are not the only person who will ever need help, and you should be there to help if others need it as well (but always be aware of how much is too much).
Thank you for reading this quick post. I try to post every Wednesday and Sunday at 12:00. Don’t miss out!