Avoid burning out by making sure to make time and space for yourself, and include naps or meditation in your routine.
YOU can rest when you’re dead.” This is a saying that really resonates with our modern culture, where we are pressured to work hard and then play hard. There is no way around it: If you don’t rest regularly, you’ll be dead a lot sooner. Are you on the road to burnout? There are people who are addicted to constant activities. They may be workaholics who are looking for the adrenaline high, and when missing it they become depressed and tired. There are people who are simply trapped in their work/life out-of-balance scenario, and then they feel no control over what they do, going from anger to nervousness to giving up.
Burnout, when sustained over time, can result in collapse, such as when someone has frequent emotional outbursts, a nervous breakdown, or just completely loses interest in every aspect of life, turning to alcohol, smoking or overeating to numb the pain.
Your best way to avoid burning out is prevention. You can start with the following five tips: 1. Revive and restore with naps.
When you take a nap during the day, you are in good company: Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Thomas Edison are all famous nap enthusiasts. What they knew was that a midday snooze could actually increase their effectiveness.
Research has found that some of the reviving benefits of naps include enhanced cognitive function, better reaction time, stress relief, and better overall health.
Just keep your nap 30 minutes or under; sleeping for any longer will get you into deeper stages of sleep, from which it is difficult to awaken.
If you only have five minutes to spare, just close your eyes and massage your temples. Even a brief rest can reduce stress and help you relax, giving you the energy boost you need to complete your day.
The quickest way to prevent burnout is to begin a 15-to 20-minute meditation practice every day. It doesn’t matter what kind of practice you do, as long as you do it every day. For instruction, you can take a class or listen to a guided CD, such as the Stress Release Meditation CD. 2. Schisandra soothes and rejuvenates.
A prized berry that has been used for thousands of years to revitalise the senses, schisandra contains vitamins and flavonoids that have antioxidant and immune-boosting properties.
It is considered an energy tonic that enhances both physical endurance and mental concentration, while at the same time it