The holidays are over which means life is back to regular programming. This time of year we often find ourselves on overdrive. I know personally the holidays and the beginning of the year are the busiest times of every year for my work and home life. Between a hefty work load, lots of birthday’s, anniversary’s, and my kids busy schedule, I often find myself burnt out more and more each week. Truthfully, we all get burnt out from time to time. No matter if you are burnt out from work, a busy schedule, keeping up with your kids, or just life in general, these 5 tips can help tremendously!
Make time for you. I know as a wife and mother this is often hard. When my kids were younger, I began waking up an hour before everyone else so I was able to enjoy some me time. It can be as simple as having a cup of coffee while reading a book or working out. If you aren’t an early riser, try squeezing in some you time in the afternoon or evening. Making time solely for yourself is so important.
Journal your thoughts. I didn’t begin journaling until a year ago, but wow is it therapeutic! To begin with I felt a bit like a teenager scribbling my thoughts down. But after awhile, it became a salvation of sorts. It is the one spot I can completely unleash all of my deepest thoughts, stresses, dreams, etc. After I journal a bit, I always feel like such a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulder.
Reduce stresses when able to. Now you may be thinking this just isn’t possible, but hear me out. We often take on more responsibility to please others or to help others out. While that is great, we often put ourselves on the back burner. Look at what you have going on. Look at your day to day schedule. And look at what you believe is causing the most stress. Try to find a solution or even a plan to help make it less stressful. If you are constantly running around and stretching yourself thin, take a break. Trust me, it will all be there when you return.
Find your joy. Everyone has something that makes them feel joy and happiness. For me, I often find joy and happiness in exercise and nature. One of my favorite “cures” for feeling burnt out is a long workout or a hike in the mountains. The older I get, the more I realize how healing nature can truly be. Find something in life that brings joy. It can be an activity, hobby, or even just resting.
Treat your body well. Although being burnt out is sometimes hard to avoid, you can still take measures to ensure your body is working at its full potential. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get a good nights sleep. When your body is working at its fullest potential, you are less likely to be stressed, burnt out, or feel down.
Never forget you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of you first!