Burn out is very real and can feel extremely paralyzing. Sometimes burn out can go unnoticed and you may continue to track through the days but eventually it catches up to you. For me, burn out feels like a sense of feeling stuck and as hard as I try I just can’t focus. As a result, I become unmotivated and uninspired. This all eventually leads me to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. When that starts to happen I begin to analyze my situation. Am I not taking enough time for myself? Is my mental health and physical health being pushed aside? How much time am I spending behind screens and sitting behind a desk? Am I secluding myself from others? Sometimes it’s just one of those things and sometimes it’s all of them together.
What can be done to deal with burn out when you a have a mountain of things to do and a strict timeline to accomplish them? Depending on your abilities and lifestyle, taking time for yourself is the best thing you can do. I recently learned a trick from a psychiatrist that began to help get me out of the funk I was in. She told me it’s important to take 30 minutes out of my day to get outside and do something other than being attached to my phone, computer or anything work related. She recommended setting a daily alarm for a certain time in which I would have to step away from my desk, get ready and go outside for a walk or to grab a bite.
Since I’m recovering from burn-out I thought I would share with you a few things I’ve been doing to feel motivated, get things done and be successful in my results. Here are 7 things you can try!
- Setting my alarm and giving myself time to enjoy my life and recharge
- Talking to my therapist via the TalkSpace App (Click here a link to my review of it & a $50 off coupon code)
- Changed up what I was eating! I started incorporating more water, green leafy vegetables and seafood to my daily diet and eliminated junk foods and excessive amounts of carbohydrates.
- Started taking my dog on more walks since the weather here in NYC is a lot nicer!
- Allowed myself to relax one day of the week and enjoy time with friends and loved ones
- Started studying in spaces outside of my bedroom like the library
- Talked to my professors about what I was going through.
Don’t worry if you cannot do all of them. As long as you can do one and incorporate that into your daily routine, you’re on the right path! Remember, it’s more important to take care of yourself than to stress over work. Being mentally and physically well will allow you to be way more productive, successful and fulfilled. If you try any of them out, let me know down in the comments below! Is there anything you do to deal with burn out?