Ways to help you deal with burnout
Talk. Speak to friends, a mentor and get those feelings out, sometimes talking about things help to lighten the load. Ask your friends to try not to problem solve for you, just to listen to you. This process can help us unravel our own solutions I find.
Self-care. Are you looking after yourself? First and foremost, if you are not looking after yourself then you can expect a burnout to be just around the corner.
Do something fun. Book in something you enjoy doing, a pamper night in, a massage, book a show, arrange a dinner, if you have the cash sort out a holiday. Find inspiration outside of your usual routine.
Are you putting pressure on yourself? Look at what your label of what you are doing means, what expectations are you putting on yourself? Are these expectations putting unnecessary pressure on you? It’s worth spending time on these questions to reveal the inner dialogue.
Do your own practice. Give yourself time every day to invest in yourself, whether it's writing, running, yoga, meditation, laughing, talking, art. The list is endless.
Re-evaluate. Every 3 months re-evaluate your schedule.
Eat well. Make sure you are getting enough nutrients into your system to sustain your commitments. Do not sacrifice your health. You are much more use to people when you are well fed and nourished.
Drink water. Are you drinking enough water? This can fall by the wayside when we are busy rushing around but it’s a very simple thing to change the way we feel. Our brains needs proper hydration to function well. We lose focus when we are dehydrated.
Practice saying no. Ask yourself, is it realistic, would it be better to spend those hours resting or doing something nurturing?
Turn off the tech. Instead of updating Facebook and Instagram, replying to emails and being consumed by your phone, why don’t you give yourself the time to meditate or to take in your surroundings. We miss so much these days as we are generally looking into our phones. At night-time, try turning off all your technology about 1-2 hours before you go to bed. This allows the body and brain to settle into evening time and let go of the day. Use this time to have a bath, cook some nice food or catch up on your favourite book/tv show.
Single pointed focus. If you find you are constantly multi-tasking then pay heed. Did you know that by swapping from one thing to another so quickly that it uses up glucose in your brain (yes, that is why we reach for the sweets). Start to practice single pointed focus so that you are fully focused on the task in hand. It will change the habits of your nervous system and rewire neural pathways in the brain. For the better.
Acknowledge what is making you unhappy. Tap into what in your week you are not enjoying, is there a specific class, student or studio that you need to let go of? Emotions are usually messengers that something needs paying attention to. By letting go you open up to new opportunities.
Sleep. If you are not getting 8 hours sleep a night, go to bed half an hour earlier this month and see what difference it makes.
Meditate. If you haven’t found meditation in your practice yet then I recommend weaving it in every day. It will give you a sense of calm, more time in your day, you’ll notice a shift in your attention span and in your daily interactions. Meditation not only soothes the nervous system but it allows you to give space to emotions inside that need to be acknowledged to be released. This is a very healing practice. When I notice I’m going off kilter and feeling overwhelm I’ve usually let the meditation practice slip. There are many great resources around. I have a list of resources available on my website.