Avoiding Burnout

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In this fast-paced world it is easier than ever to become overwhelmed and tempted to just hide from the world under those fluffy covers. I don’t know about you, but it feels like every time I clear something from my to-do list, five more things pop up.

It can be overwhelming, to say the least.

So, how can you avoid burnout? Here are just a few tips:

1. Prioritize your to-do list. Some of the things on your to-do list are urgent, some can be put off until later, and some are just nonessential. Once you have written down everything that you want and need to do, grab two different color highlighters and a Sharpie. First, highlight everything that is essential, such as getting your driver’s license renewed or paying that parking ticket. These are things that you need to make a priority. Next, use the other highlighter to highlight any tasks that you can pass off, such as picking up your dry cleaning or buying diapers for the baby. Then, assign those tasks to your husband, personal assistant, driving teen, etc. Finally, mark through any nonessential tasks with a Sharpie. This could be things like reorganizing the cabinets or other “projects” that you think of that really don’t need to be done. While they are nice in theory, those non urgent tasks can crowd out the more important ones. Anything left blank can be ignored until everything highlighted has been completed.

2. Take a mental break. It’s true what they say that all work and no play makes for a dull life. It can also lead to burnout. So be sure to take breaks often. It can be as simple as playing a game on your iPhone, watching your favorite show, or going for a walk.

3. Ask for help. This goes back to prioritizing. I am guilty of trying to be Super Woman and doing everything myself. I have since learned to ask for help. So, when I’m trying to make dinner, I will ask my husband to bathe and dress our son, or to play with him until I finish. Or, I will ask him to grab something for us to eat on the way home, so I won’t even have to worry about it. At work, I will delegate tasks to my co-workers instead of feeling like I need to do it all myself. There are no gold stars being awarded to the person who does the most. So if you need help, ask for it.

4. Take a mental health day. From time to time, take a well deserved sick day and use it to do what you want. Still kiss your husband and send him off to work. Still kiss your kids and send them off to school or day care. You can even send the dog to the groomers for the day. This should be a day devoted to you. No cleaning, cooking, checking e-mails, working, chauffeuring, etc. Just do things that make you happy. For me, it means going to get my hair done, doing a little shopping, and enjoying a marathon on Netflix or an afternoon movie alone. Schedule one day a month (or every other month) for your mental health day. Trust me, it will make a world of difference.

Until next time pretty girl!

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