What's burnout? + Tips to prevent it
Your health is important to you - but let's face it, we are all workaholics when it comes to blogging and careers that we love. You stay up late trying to get your work done and ready for the next day, you spend your lunch at your desk and order takeout too often. Doing these kind of things repeatedly can affect your health in the long run and give you a major burnout.
Your probably asking yourselves, what is a burnout exactly? A burnout is when you're emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted. It's usually brought on when your stress levels are at an all time high and your overwhelmed with absolutely everything going on in your personal or work life.
Burnout isn't any good for your health because your productivity levels are low and it makes you feel helpless, hopeless, resentful and sometimes depressed.
I've listed 6 great tips below, to help prevent you from getting a major burnout.
photo: Rekita Nicole
Get a good night Sleep
Sleep plays a great role in your health. On average, adults need 7.5-8 hours of sleep in order to properly function. When you sleep, your body is trying to recoup from the long day of thinking it had and it's preparing for the following day. Sleep also helps you learn better (in any subject, sport or task) and retain information you've learned. Sleep deprivation can affect the way you think, react, work, learn and get along with others.
Not only does terrible eating habits contribute to obesity, it also affects the way you feel and think. Everyday, your food choices affects your health. It's important to eat nutritiously because your body needs the vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy active and strong. It helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and just improve your overall health.
Get a little exercise
Exercise keeps your body and mind healthy. Not only does it help you lose weight, it also lowers the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Exercise improves your mood and helps you blow off your anger and frustration after a stressful day, which helps you feeling more relaxed, boost your confidence and improves your self-esteem. Lastly, exercise boosts your energy by giving your muscles and tissues the oxygen and nutrients it needs to properly function. When your heart and lungs work properly, your body has more energy to do the things you do on the daily.
Technology can be draining. Taking breaks every so often can help in many different areas. (1) It helps you from getting bored at work (feeling unfocused). We (our bodies) were not made to stay focused on something 100% of the time. (2) Taking breaks also help us remember information and have better connections with people and the task we're doing. (3) Lastly Breaks help us reevaluate our goals. It allows us to take some time to think about what we're doing and making sure we're doing it the right way.
Give yourself some office hours
Office hours are important - especially if you work from home! It helps you focus on the most important things you need accomplished during that specific time. It also give you structure on knowing the difference between work time and home time.
Give yourself time to relax
Taking time to relax lowers your stress levels, helps you sleep at night, improves your overall mood, improves your memory, helps you concentrate and reduces the chance of physical illnesses in the future. Take a bath, do some yoga, have some YOU time.