How To Avoid Burn Out

If you’re studying, raising a family, working full or part time, or even simply trying to do one of these things (let alone all of them), you’re going to find yourself at risk of burnout at some point.

At h&h, that’s the last thing we want for you. So, aside from being here to support you – seriously, call, email or drop into the office whenever you need support or a friendly chat – we have compiled a list of tips to help you remain calm, balanced and avoid burn out!

How Can You Tell If You’re Burning Out?
The signs can be really subtle, or right in your face. Here’s a few signals you might want to watch out for.

  • Have you found yourself becoming a little cynical or resentful, or even critical of friends and family members?
  • Do you have trouble becoming motivated in daily tasks, whether they’re study, work or family related?
  • Do you struggle to find time for yourself?
  • Do you find yourself feeling irritable and impatient for no real reason?
  • Do you feel fatigued and have a lack of interest in day to day activities?
  • Do you find it difficult to concentrate?
  • Do you feel disillusioned or unsatisfied?
  • Are you relying on ‘comfort’ food or alcohol to feel better?
  • Are you having trouble sleeping?

All of these are signs that you need to take a step back and concentrate on yourself and restoring your energy. You don’t need to experience all of these signs – you might only experience one or two, but if you do notice any of them, take action straight away to avoid burn out.

Work Out The Why
If you are feeling resentful towards a fellow student or co-worker, or you’re cynical about a task your boss or trainer has given you, ask yourself why. Is it the co-worker or trainer’s fault? Or is it that you didn’t get enough sleep last night. Perhaps you spent the entire day working and studying and then used your whole evening helping your kids with their homework, leaving you with no time for YOU. This is a big indicator that you need to schedule in “YOU” time … a day by yourself, a mental health day … go to the beach, for a long drive in the country, or a really long walk in beautiful bushland. Even if it’s simply one hour a day where you cosy up in a corner with your favourite book. It’s so important to do things for yourself.

Work On Your Eight Hours

Science says we need eight hours of quality sleep every night to be at our optimal performance. Sometimes this isn’t realistic, we know, but do try to ensure the sleep you DO get is quality sleep. Keep all devices out of your room, don’t study or work in bed, keep your bedroom as clutter-free as you can and create haven of relaxation with beautiful colours, relaxing essential oils like lavender and even meditation music. Try to go to bed before 10pm each night and always make sure your bedding is fresh and clean.

Enjoy Exercise
Enjoy exercise? That’s an oxymoron, isn’t it? It can be when you first start, but as you build up your fitness, you’ll realise the endorphins released when you work out, especially when it’s a cardio routine, really lift you up and improve your mental clarity. Try running, a brisk walk, a bike ride or swimming laps. Or for great company, join a local gym – you’ll make new friends, too. On that note, give yoga try. Aside from the physical benefits of stretching out your muscles (which are probably stiff and sore from bending over your computer or books all day), it will give you a beautiful meditation and really clear your mind.

Stop Worrying About Running Out Of Time
Do you ever feel like you have so much to do and not enough time to do it? You are not alone. Most people you ask will answer the same as you – ‘yes’!
Try to push those thoughts and feelings aside and tackle each task one by one until you get through it all. A tip from super athlete and wellness activist, Turia Pitt, is to do the hardest thing on your ‘to-do’ list each day. After that, everything else will be downhill coasting! If you leave the hardest thing until the end of the day, you’ll just spend your entire day thinking about it and give yourself a terrible 12 hours of unwarranted stress!

Get A Massage
Aside from relaxing you and getting out all the knots, massage will help control stress and anxiety and make you feel beautifully pampered. You’ll be ready to take on anything! If you can’t afford it, bribe a friend or family member to give you one and you will return the favour when they are feeling stressed out.

Always Ask For Help
You don’t have to go it alone! At h&h, we are here to help and support you through your studies and you can ask us anything. Send us an email, chat to us on Facebook or stop by our office. We are here to help. We love our students and we want the best for you and your future, so don’t be shy to reach out when you’re feeling like you need a hand and some support.