How to avoid burnout – 2020

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Maria Hocking – Life coach, motivational speaker, and author

How To Avoid Being Burnout!

Do you ever find yourself rushing around, without a moment to spare? Do you find yourself wishing for ‘more hours’ in the day?

We all experience periods in our life when we feel overworked and exhausted. Long term stress, however, is highly detrimental to our health. Imagine driving a car with your foot flat on the accelerator for endlessly with little maintenance. It’s likely that eventually, your car would break. Your body is no different from a car. Under endless pressure at high speeds, we break too.

What Is Burnout?

Burnout is not just an emotional problem. It can be a combination or result of a multiple factors coming together all at one time. Dictionary Merriam-Webster defines burnout as:

“Exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.”

Burnout usually occurs for one of two of these reasons:

  • Lack of rest or rejuvenation (overworking).
  • Lack of motivation or reward.
  • Being too stressed.

Why can’t we recognise the signs?

Sometimes it’s difficult to recognise that we are stressed. Accomplishing everything with speed becomes the norm, as we pack more and more into our day believing that how we behave and live is acceptable. But it’s not acceptable.

Think about the people around you that are impacted by your stress. If you have a partner, then your relationship is likely to deteriorate. If you have children, then you are more likely to ‘snap’ at them and not give them the time the quality time that they deserve. What impact could stress be having on your own well-being and your desired future? Be really honest with yourself when thinking about these answers. Associating ‘pain’ to continuing to live a life that is too rushed and busy is great motivation to change!

If my words resonate with you, then I highly recommend my simple but powerful “traffic light” tool to restore balance.

So, before you start to imagine that you have three types of days within your week:

Red Days – Days when you stop, relax, and completely unwind.
Amber Days – Days when you are slow down, but still achieve the completion of tasks.
Green Days – Days when you are under more pressure and find yourself rushing to complete tasks.

I recommend writing down the days of the week for the next 7 days. At the end of each day write down the colour that correlates to your day. If after 7 days, you find yourself looking at too many ‘green days’ then something needs to change.

I’m Maria Hocking and I’m a life coach, motivational speaker, and author. My advice to you is to ensure that you have red and amber days amongst the green. Why not book these days into your diary, or put them on your calendar? Create a visual reminder to achieve a better life balance which will positively impact not only your life but the lives of your friends and family too.

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