…there are times when you just have to stop and give yourself a break.
Sometimes life can get so frantic that if we are not careful, we can get so overwhelmed and experience a burnout. I have had that before and there was even a time when I became so depressed as a result. That was a few years ago and I will someday share with you what happened.
Anyway, for now, let’s look at what we can do to manage our stress so as to prevent a burnout!
1. HEAD OUT FOR A RUN
I am not one to do this but a lot of my friends swear by it. In fact, when I did some more research on this, it turns out that there is a recent study published by the US National Institute of Health confirming that exercise (including running) helps to reduce stress, thus preventing a burnout. So, the next time when you feel on the verge of ‘exploding’ due to stress and demands in life, just grab your shoes and head out for a run. My take in this is that the increased testosterone level during the run functions similar to that of us letting off steam when we are angry
2. GO FOR A WALK
Between running and walking, I would definitely prefer walking for sure. When life becomes frantic and I need some space to think and get things under control, I would go for a walk. It can be a short walk or a long walk, depending on how much time I have. What I find great about walking is it can be quite meditative as well. It normally takes my mind off things but at the same time, it makes me think – clearly. When I think clearly and see things in perspective, I’d feel much calmer and less overwhelmed in spite of all the things around me.
3. JUST CHILL OUT AND RELAX WITH LOVED ONES
There are always things that need to be done. However, there are times when you just have to stop and give yourself a break. Chilling out and relaxing with your loved ones can help much more than you realise. For instance, my husband’s been under a tremendous pressure at work to finish a project and he looked so stressed every evening, thinking and worrying about the looming deadline. I felt so bad for him… Then one evening, while working on his project, he suddenly decided to stop and shut down his laptop. He then looked at me and said “…let’s just watch a film and relax”. We did exactly that and guess what? The dark cloud hovering over him seemed to have lifted. I don’t know what happened but I think that short one hour-break from work probably helped him to re-charge and prevent a work burnout.
4. SPEND SOME TIME WITH YOURSELF
There are people who think that ‘me time’ is over-rated but I think ‘me time’ is often the most important time of self-discovery and more. When you know that you are on the verge of tipping over, why don’t you just take a break and spend some quality time with no one but yourself? You can read, or listen to music or meditate or just do your own thing (unrelated to work or life’s obligations) as a way of relaxing. It always works for me. It might sound narcissistic but I do love spending time with myself from time to time 😉
5. TAKE A HOLIDAY OR HAVE A TRIP AWAY FROM IT ALL
Okay, I thought long and hard before adding this one to the list. I do recognise the fact that not everyone has the luxury of time or money to do this but truly, if you can afford both, then going away often helps. It does not even have to be a long holiday. A weekend trip to another city or village is good enough. When you are away from the environment that actually causes you the stress, you will somehow find that balance in life and regain the energy to deal with the work again when you return.