Burnouts have been set to occur when we take too much responsibility for ourselves. This is when we do too much. We just like doing everything all at the same time. We're not slowing down; we just keep going and this is bound to result in burnout.
I try as much as possible to be intentional about making sure that I stay on track with what is important to avoid burnout because it's very easy to slip into the mood of burnout. Especially when you're multi-passionate or ambitious, and you have a lot of things that you're thinking about.
One thing that can help even though it sounds very simple, is to keep on intentionally prioritizing and reprioritizing and focusing on the bigger picture. How do you do this? Using the 80/20 rule (also known as the Pareto rule) has helped me achieve focusing on the bigger picture. So, even though I like things being perfect, I've trained myself and I keep learning and keep reminding myself that things don't always have to be perfect. And once there's 80% goodness in something, then I could live with the remaining 20%.
Let me give you an example. Let's say you have a room, and the room is untidy, and you want the room to be sparkling. Once the room is 80% tidy, you should ignore the 20% mess and move on to the next thing or rest. This may mean you still have some unfolded clothes in the room or some comforters not neatly packed. And that’s okay. Just accept the 80% work that you've done and rest. The room doesn't have to be perfect. That’s one way to avoid burnout.
Another way is if you are a worker, you could practice delegation. And this may not be as easy as it sounds because sometimes it's just so tempting to do everything ourselves. But delegation has been found to reduce workload. When we delegate, we invite other people to help us. And that's one of the beautiful things about life. We can't do everything ourselves. We are here to coexist. So, as much as possible, if you find yourself doing a bit too much you may want to think about how you can invite someone to help you. Sometimes it's just a matter of asking. It may be as simple as asking your mom for support. Being humble enough to ask for help. Check if your brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend, or any other relative can support you. You may be surprised to know that sometimes people are just waiting to be asked. And you'd be surprised by the kind of help you may get. So, that's an option.
You may also want to look at asking people for help if you're a leader of an organization or if you work in a team. Delegate some of those responsibilities to your team members and it will not only ease your burden, but it will also multiply your effectiveness. It will allow other people to grow as well - Because look at it this way; if you did not delegate you would be doing 100% of the work. On the other hand, if you delegate, maybe you would do 50% and the remaining 50% would be done by others. By so doing, you're letting other people have a chance to grow. Effectively, you're helping humanity.
Avoiding burnout may also mean taking care of your body by exercising, resting, and eating well. Retreat at intervals. This may be as little as just stretching. Or taking small walks or taking timed water. Poor diets and unhealthy habits have been shown to be an invitation for burnout. So, you should intentionally work on having a good diet.
An interesting thing that I have noticed helps me relieve pressure is quietness. If you find yourself so exhausted, you may want to try removing yourself from the busyness to a not-so-busy environment to quiet your mind. This could be as simple as maybe on the weekend just deciding to do nothing. My kids and I have a joke we like to share - from the kids' show "Peppa Pig" - - - how daddy pig sometimes will say 'what a beautiful day for doing nothing!" And I just take a cue from that sometimes and do nothing. Let’s look at vacation, for example. Many times, if we're not careful, vacations could be like an extension of work. You plan a vacation and it's filled with all sorts of activities. I don't know how many of you can relate especially during the festive periods. At the end of the day, you have family and friends visiting, or you are visiting them and it's so full of activities upon activities... There's no quietness. So, in the midst of all the activities, be intentionally quiet. Just be by yourself and I think that could help.
Confidence-boosting activities can also be helpful. Such as declaring affirmations and being assertive positively. This is because when your confidence level increases, your level of exhaustion decreases. Try checking this anytime you feel confident.
Overall, it's worth reminding yourself that more activities don't necessarily mean more productivity. Slow down in order to speed up. Deliberately retreat to quiet your mind when busy. Be reminded that you need to stop for a while to let your body, and mind recover. Re-strategize and reset your goals so that you can be more productive. And be ready to come back to your purpose.
Worry can weigh a person down, but an encouraging word cheers a person up. 'Cornish’s Cheer' hopes to be an encouragement to people who are under pressure, feel lonely, discouraged, or rejected. I hope these writings impart cheer, and hope and help you flourish with patience, love, and sincerity. Be encouraged and cheered. Also, practice 'chanting' positive affirmations, which can be a powerful tool to help boost confidence.
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