I want to share some tips with you to prevent burnout.
As you know I crashed and burned a few years ago. I had to take three months off and learn how to look after myself from scratch again.
In recent weeks I’ve had a lot going on.
Some of it has been fun and exciting including international travel, festivals, a new extended five day Deep Pause and other projects behind the scenes in the business. Some of it has been challenging with endings both of loved one’s lives and my own relationship along with preparing to move.
I could feel the familiar signs of burnout creeping in. After all I’ve been there before. If there’s one reason to have a huge crash, it must be so you can spot the signs and prevent it next time!
Your body is amazing. It communicates so much to you. Click to Tweet.
Mine started talking.
Painful kidneys, trouble sleeping, weight gain, busy mind.
As usual I reticent to listen.
The problem is when you get really busy you stop noticing your body.
It has to shout more loudly for your attention.
Eventually if you ignore it for long enough it has to really wake you up.
You might experience anxiety or a panic attack or even a more serious burnout.
I’m learning it’s much easier to prevent burnout that cure it.
Here are five tips to prevent burnout:
- Reduce workday creep by setting clear boundaries and working for set periods.
- Include protein with every meal to keep your blood sugar balanced.
- Turn off all your electrical items off one hour before you go to bed. Take a bath or read a book to wind down.
- Have some down down. Try mediating using this simple, but brilliant app by Headspace.
- Create some White Space in your diary for thinking, creating, planning and relaxing!
So if you’re feeling tired and run down, I want to encourage you to choose one of these tools this week.
It’s tempting to focus on them all but for now just choose one!
Try it for a week and let me know what you notice and how you feel.
The key is not to get it perfect but to see what impact small changes can have.
I would love to hear how you get on, leave me a message on the comments box below.