You know it, you feel it, you don’t like it. What is that nagging feeling of constantly being tired, run-down, in desperate need of a tropical vacation on a beach somewhere, or at least a break?
It’s feeling burnt-out. And far too many of us don’t know how to actually deal with it.
Feeling this way only increases the more life has become busier. For example, take me. I struggle to balance working a full-time job, trying to maintain contact with the relationships that matter to me, getting enough sleep each night, eating healthy, organizing, keeping my apartment somewhat clean and livable, making time to workout, and the list goes on and on.
We run ourselves ragged and may even find ourselves feeling too tired to claw our way out of the dark hole we found ourselves in. I’ve been there plenty of times. Life gets hectic, my anxiety heightens and I end up feeling out of control. This can lead me to give up on a lot of things like eating healthy, responding to friends, and procrastinating on the things I have to do by laying in bed, binging Netflix way too much.
So how can we turn back the notch on feeling burnt-out, even just a little bit? What we need is a mindful plan of action. It will take effort, but it is worth it. Even just a few small tweaks can make us feel back in control of our lives. As a result, we feel more rested, rejuvenated alive and ready to tackle the things that matter most.
Here are 3 ways to break the cycle of being burnt-out.
Do the small things first.
When life gets hectic, it’s usually the mundane tasks that pile up first: dirty dishes are left around the house instead of being brought to the sink, your sheets and blankets are a tangled up mess from laying around in them all weekend, there’s a Cheeto stuck in your messy hair, and you practically have to run an obstacle course just to get back to your bed. I know these far too well.
Since they are usually the things that get out of whack first, leaving you feeling out of control and unorganized, set at least 20 minutes aside to tidy up your space. An organized environment will lead to an organized mind. You can put on some music while you do it, to make the event more fun, and soak in the bliss you will feel with throwing things out into the garbage. I’m not crazy; trust, it’s an amazing feeling.
Going from feeling burnt-out to totally energized and ready to tackle just about anything, is going to take time. We can’t all be like Oprah and jump out of bed every day, full of pep and ready to give away 10 free cars. So, what you need are small forms of self-care that are quick, effective and will have you feeling even just a tiny bit better.
Here are some ideas:
- Make some calming tea.
- Put on a face mask.
- Take a hot shower.
- Put some lavender oil in your diffuser.
- Take a nap.
- Call or text a friend.
- Tidy up your space.
Even right now, with the launch of my blog coming up, I’ve been so busy with friends visiting me for the past 2 weekends in a row that I haven’t had a lot of time to work on the content for my blog. I’ve quickly turned to a state of overwhelm, but instead of letting the cycle continue, tonight I gave myself some time for self-care. I took a hot shower, tidied up my room, put lotion my skin, used my face cleansing brush and put my essential oil diffuser on. Just a few small things can do wonders to your mood.
Make a to-do list (or 3).
To-do lists are my jam. If I could have a to-do list for every avenue in my life, I probably would. But then, life would become far too structured and I’d eventually have a to-do list for my to-do list. Hell would break loose. Children would be crying in the streets. You get the picture.
Instead, I like to have 1 or 2 going throughout the week. On Sundays, I make a list of things I have to accomplish, including the tasks I didn’t have a chance to finish the week before. Those usually get priority. Then, I make another list on the Notes app on my phone, since I just love the feeling of crossing things off my list whenever I can. Sometimes I may even keep a separate to-do list for work. I find it helps to start my day off right and on a productive note, when I make the time to clean and organize my desk, and then write down the list of things I have to accomplish that week. Try it one day this week and see how it makes you feel! More productive, I’m sure.
Our minds can easily get overwhelmed when we keep all the things we have to do up in our minds, able to swim around and create more anxiety. So writing things down will really help. You can even create a step-by-step plan for each item on your list. That way, your mind is able to see that it’s going to take several steps before things could shift over to a worst-case scenario.
I really hope these tips help! Feeling overwhelmed and burnt-out is no joke. If you have ways you deal with it, leave a comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts