Tips to Overcome Burnout and Stay Motivated

Now that summer has past and fall is officially underway, it can be easy to fall into a slump and lose the motivation you once had to be productive. I know I have been there. Experiencing burnout whether it be from school, your job, or just the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day life can be challenging and exhausting to overcome. Thankfully you are not alone and there are many practical ways to fight these feelings of burnout!


Tip #1: Make Time for Yourself

Making time for yourself in the midst of a hectic day or week is so important for your overall health and dealing with burnout and stress. Schedule time for yourself to do the things you enjoy, whether that be going on a walk, spending time with a loved one, or even watching an episode of your favorite show. One of my favorite things to do at the end of a long day is to read before bed, which I find relaxing and an easy way to put my mind to rest.


Tip #2: Practice Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is one of the best ways to manage stress in your life. Being more mindful during your day, and while busy at work or school, can have positive effects on your overall mood. One easy and quick way to practice mindfulness is to focus on your breathing. Focusing on your breathing helps with negative thoughts and is an easy way to tune back into a calm state. It will allow you to be more present in the moment and reduce any feelings of being overwhelmed or overthinking about stressful things in your life. Being more mindful can often help with leaving any work-related stress at work and same goes with other situations in your life.


Tip #3: Put Your Devices Away After Hours

This tip is widely applicable to those working in a job setting or even for those in school with assignments to complete. Heidi Grant Halvorson, a social psychologist suggests once you leave the office and come home for the day, try to focus on putting your phone and laptop away for the evening. This helps with ensuring that you will make time for yourself and not be tempted to check your e-mail or stress over work that needs to be completed. “Put away your phone, whatever it is can wait until tomorrow.”


Tip #4: Turn to Helpful Resources

When dealing with burnout and stress, I find it helpful to always seek out help from resources. There are great podcasts that address how to combat burnout and I highly recommend checking them out:

  • 7 Early Signs of Burnout & 7 Simple and Practical Ways to Heal and Recover: Spotify

  • Burnout and How to Avoid It: Spotify

  • How To Deal With Burnout: Spotify

If podcasts aren’t your thing, I have included some links to books that also address dealing with burnout and the effects that are highly rated and recommended!

-Madison Parkin

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