5 Strategies for Beating Burnout and Managing Stress

Winter blues got you feeling burnt out? Spring is almost here and PTB has rounded up 5 tips to help get you through the home stretch. 

#1: Schedule Time for Yourself

The first– and most important– step: schedule some you-time. It’s not always possible to take a break (or a vacation for that matter), so make it a priority to set aside time for yourself. Carve out an hour or two, where and when you can, and use this time to disconnect and recharge. How you spend your time is up to you. Maybe it means reading that book you haven’t had time for, or drawing a relaxing bath. Scheduling time for yourself will help you feel more in control and more balanced when life feels overwhelming.  

#2: Get Physical

Burnout is often associated with brain fog, exhaustion, and poor sleep– symptoms that take a physical and mental toll on the body. Exercise is great way to combat some of these effects. You don’t have to become a gym rat overnight either. Even just taking a walk around the block can be beneficial. If your schedule is too packed for a full fitness routine, try incorporating stretches and exercises in your day-to-day. Need some inspiration?

Check out PTB’s list of 7 desk-friendly, do-anywhere stretches.  

#3: Get Social

It’s easy to feel isolated when life gets busy. Suddenly, you check your calendar and you realize it’s been too long since you last caught up with your friends. Making time for loved ones is especially important when life gets stressful. Humans weren’t designed to cope with stress solo. Don’t be afraid to lean on those closest to you.

#4: Explore Somewhere New

A change of scenery can do wonders, and you don’t even need to venture all that far. Even just a day trip to a new town can help you feel more refreshed. When you visit somewhere new, it gives you an opportunity to get outside– and get outside of your head. New places provide new perspectives, new ideas, and (hopefully) a much-needed break from the daily grind.

#5: Make a Plan

The best way to overcome uncertainty is preparation. Burnout can feel overwhelming and chaotic, it’s important to remember that not everything is in your control– and that’s a good thing. For the things you can control, make a plan of action. Outline the steps you need to take, make a schedule, and get organized. It might feel like a lot at once, so be sure to break down the steps into smaller tasks. Don’t be afraid to get granular if you need to.

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