GUEST BLOG: BURNOUT (Part 2): The 7 best ways to Support Yourself To Avoid ‘Burnout’

GUEST BLOG: BURNOUT (Part 2): The 7 best ways to Support Yourself To Avoid ‘Burnout’

Here in this 2 part series Tara shares her amazing tips to help prevent others from experiencing the raft of burnout.

In part one of a blog on ‘Burnout’, we talked about the warning signs that you might be suffering from ‘Burnout’ and what to look out for. These included exhaustion or low energy, a rise in anxiety, lack of motivation, social isolation, not feeling ‘good enough’, increased illness and a decrease in cognitive function.

Nutrient Rich Foods

To counteract exhaustion, it is important to eat a diet filled with nutrient rich foods. Gram for gram, some foods have far more benefits than others. Some of the top 11 nutrient rich foods are as follows: Salmon, Kale, Kelp (seaweed — you can take a supplement if preferred!), Garlic, Shellfish, Potatoes, Liver, Sardines (and other oily fish), Blueberries, Egg Yolks and Dark Chocolate.

Consider supplementing your diet

It is well evidenced that Omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin C, and Vitamin B Complex (especially vitamin B12) can all help to support you while you manage symptoms of burnout. Herbal supplements can help relieve anxiety.

Positive thought patterns and brain training

One of the best ways to move past your bleak outlook is to remind yourself that you’re in a downturn. And that is not necessarily a never ending free-fall. It will not last for ever. You will always have choices, even if sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. The symptoms of burnout can lead to you thinking that you are trapped in a situation when you are not. Through continued and repeated stress you might have come to believe it to be the truth when it is not.

Mindfulness and meditation

Consider learning to practice meditation. It is fast becoming a revolution and even big businesses are running meditation and mindfulness sessions for their teams. Yoga can really help with learning meditative breathing skills, and YouTube is an vast resource for guided meditations, tailored to your needs (sleep, stress, relaxation etc). Some of its top benefits include reducing stress and anxiety, and improving cognitive function and relaxation.

Schedule in fun

If you’re so busy (and it’s likely you are) that the easiest items to sacrifice in your life are your own self-care activities, you need to reclaim those fun times. Fun is not frivolous, it is very much a necessity, and one that you deserve. Enjoyment and pleasure are proven to reduce the production of cortisol, helping to lower blood pressure, and distract the mind and brain from repetitious negative thinking. Put fun and self-care back on your calendar and block it off.

Professional support

It is definitely worth considering seeking counselling or psychotherapy. Having a person to talk to who can be an objective but interested observer, is a blessing. No two people experience burnout exactly the same way. For example, some people feel an overabundance of negative feelings, while others become detached from their emotions and feel very little but helpless. Therapists are trained to help with all the emotions of burnout, as well as the techniques to help break through it. Even a short few sessions of therapy or counselling can kick-start you and help you to gain the clarity you need to get your life back on track.

Time with friends, family or loved ones

Burnout can create a towering sense of isolation. Getting out with friends (away from the workplace) builds and strengthens personal relationships. Adding in a few actives with friends really helps re-establish connections. Although you may feel you are in a position where you are ‘not yourself’ and you might not want people to see you differently, it can really help to talk to people you like and trust. Being honest with friends about what is happening can significantly increase the strength of your support network and your connection to people overall. The results can be amazing.

What to remember…

Finally, remember to treat yourself with kindness. 100% it is ok to slow down and put yourself first. It is really only by doing this that you will really be able to give your best anyway. As the saying goes… ‘you cannot drink from an empty cup’. You’re a real person (not superwoman or superman!) and real people need to look after themselves before they can truly look after others (or any other role of their life).




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