What Should You Do When You’re Experiencing A Burnout?

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Burnout is a stage where you feel mentally, physically, and emotionally drained out due to the amount of stress you have undergone. When this happens, it is important for you to take a break before it affects other aspects of your life.

But, how do we know when exactly we need to give ourselves a break to recover from a burnout? Read my previous article entitled ‘5 Signs That Suggest You Need To Take A Break’ to find out! Article Link: https://newswav.com/A2109_zifRPh?s=A_eJqnHqw 

If you have experienced any of the signs mentioned in the previous article, it means that it’s time for you to have a proper break. Now, the next question is, what should you do when you’re experiencing a burnout?

Take the weekend off

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Ensuring that you’re taking the weekend off is crucial when you’re feeling burnt out. After a long week of hustling, allow yourself to have a lazy weekend to recharge. 

You can do anything you’d like during the weekend. For instance, sleep-in on Saturdays or catch up on some movies and TV shows.

Go on a social media cleanse

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A social media cleanse refers to getting yourself off any social media platform and taking time off your phone. Staying away from your phone for a bit is definitely a good thing as it allows you to focus on the present.

Sometimes, you will find yourself feeling extra stressed out because of how much you’re comparing yourself to other people on social media. For instance, by comparing other people’s achievements to your own.

When this happens, it is a good indicator that you should get off social media for a while. It is a good way to avoid yourself from falling into the comparison trap.

Do something fun

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As an adult, having fun is something that we do not do that often due to multiple responsibilities on our plate. When you’re feeling burnt-out, it is good to unwind and carry out a fun activity!

Reward yourself by doing something you’ve always wanted to do. For example, going on a staycation with your friends or even underwater diving!

Set boundaries

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Setting boundaries is vital in order to form healthy relationships with others and of course, even with yourself. Here’s a scenario to help you imagine situations in which boundaries should be set.

Imagine your colleague asking you for a favour such as helping him/her to complete a task. However, you are already experiencing immense stress due to personal deadlines to be met. This is where you need to politely reject the favour asked, which means you are setting a boundary with your colleague.

This should be practiced with others such as friends and family members as well. It may seem difficult to do at first, but you need to prioritize your own well-being before others.

Final Thoughts:

These are a few ways to handle a burnout. It is vital to first understand if you are going through a burnout, and then take the necessary actions to recover from it. Remember, taking care of yourself should always be your top priority. If you do not prioritize your own health and happiness, then who will?


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Neha Singh
Author: Neha Singh

A 21-year-old Penangite who enjoys writing and cafe hopping. 🙂