Working from home can often mean not being able to set work-life boundaries and this may cause us to burn out quickly.
Personally, over the past one year working from home, I have moved back and forth between being highly motivated and being highly drained as well.
Burnouts often teach us a lot about ourselves. We learn more about the things that push us to do better and also the factors that make us want to ignore all life responsibilities.
- Eating too much/too little
- Not finding joy in the things you used to
- Simple things like tidying up may be exhausting
- Starting to hate your job
- Physical health issues (eg: headaches, gastric)
Here are 3 ways I learned to combat burnout:
- Prioritize Self Care
You’re probably neglecting yourself due to being burnt out. Treating yourself with kindness during this time is crucial.
One of the ways to do this is by creating a morning and night routine.
Your morning routine can consist of you going for a walk, making a good cup of coffee, preparing a nutritious breakfast, meditation, reading a few pages of a book, and the list goes on.
A night routine should be relaxing such as listening to music, lighting a candle, doing your skincare routine, and maybe watching a couple of episodes from your favourite Netflix series.
Personalize your morning and night routine to your likes and dislikes so that it puts you in a good mood throughout the day.
- Choose Progression Over Distraction
When we get burned out, we tend to distract ourselves with meaningless things. We doom scroll on TikTok, binge watch youtube videos, and perhaps cope by sleeping.
These are called defense mechanisms, your mind is trying to distract you from feeling the pain by indulging in certain things.
So how do we move past this? Try to seek progression, not distraction.
I’m not talking about major life progressions, do something little everyday that will make you feel like you are progressing in life.
For example, I like to write, so I started a blog. Writing one article a week makes me feel like I’m moving forward in life. For yourself, it could be something as small as taking a 15-minute walk, reading a chapter a day, or organizing different parts of your home each day.
In the long run, you will see progress and that will be satisfying.
- Talk It Out
As humans, we are meant to be expressive creatures. Don’t hold in all the pain. Speak to someone you trust. If you don’t have anyone, seek a therapist.
If that’s not possible, write down how you feel and tear it up into pieces or burn it.
You need to find an outlet to release how you feel.
After reading this article and you still feel like you’re experiencing burnout for long periods of time, or if the burnout is highly impacting you and nothing else seems to work anymore, please consult a mental health professional and do not rely on this article as a diagnosis or treatment source.
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