When you’re managing mental health avoiding burnout is vital.
You already have enough obstacles in front of you just coping with anxiety or depression and getting burnt out can cause a big step back in your recovery.
When I get burnt out managing my mental health becomes overwhelming and it can take me months to get back to my high functioning self.
To avoid this I’ve picked up some practices that help me and keep me on track.
Listen to the podcast episode below to hear all of my tips about avoiding burnout.
Focus On a Big Goal
- Anytime I have too many things on my plate I get overwhelmed and stressed the heck out.
- If you want to prevent burnout try to focus on one big goal at a time.
- Identify what habits or projects you could work on that would really have a big impact on your life.
- Right now my focus is on exercising regularly.
- That is my main goal and it is really the only personal development goal I am working on right now.
- Once I have established exercise as part of my routine I will move onto something else.
- In the past when I’ve started a personal development journey I would try to do everything at once.
- This happens a lot when people set New Years resolutions.
- They bite off more than they can chew and before you know it they’ve given up on all of their goals for the year.
- Here are some journal prompts to help you identify what your one big goal should be.
- What daily practice or habit would greatly improve your life?
- A year from now what do you want to be doing and what would you need to do to get there?
Don’t Compare Yourself
- Whenever I start comparing myself to other people on social media I fall into the trap of thinking that I need to be doing everything they are doing.
- Before I know it I am spread thin and the life I’m trying to create isn’t even what I really want deep down.
- Comparing yourself can knock you off track and pull you further away from your truth.
- Besides that it also makes you feel like crap.
- The truth is, you don’t know anyone else’s struggle.
- The people you are thinking are ahead of you and have it all together have their own struggles they have to overcome.
- We are all on our own unique journey in life and the best thing you can do to prevent burnout is to stop comparing yourself to other people.
Do Hardcore Self-Care
It seems like everywhere I look on the internet there’s pictures and articles about self-care.
A lot of the content being circulated about self-care points to bubble baths and painting your nails as self-care.
I know it’s important to slow down and take care of yourself.
However, I think it’s important to note that sometimes you have to do hardcore self-care that can be really difficult.
Things like changing your medication, talking to a therapist or having a tough conversation with a family member are all forms of self-care and sometimes they are completely necessary for your mental health.
What tough forms of self-care do you need to be doing for yourself?
Is there anything you’ve been putting off or not doing that you know would make your life better?
Sometimes self-care means facing tasks or situations that we would rather avoid.
I put off talking to a Doctor about going on anti-depressants for over ten years.
The years I spent locked in clinical depression are years I can never get back and I wish I would have gotten help sooner.
I hope this article helps you and gives you some ideas to help you avoid burn out.
Making managing my mental health a priority in my life really changed my life for the better.
If you want to hear all of my tips about self-care and burn out be sure to listen to the podcast episode.
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