7 Ways To Overcome Burnout

7 Ways To Overcome Burnout


Burnout differs from stress and is not improved with a simple self-care plan. It takes some understanding of your situation and some diligent effort into making some personal changes as this condition can lean towards depression

 Very often individuals who are suffering from burnout show up at their doctor’s office, tested of underlying medical conditions, prescribed anti-depressants and referred out to a mental health professional. 

 The issue here is that while medication may improve your mood, it does not change your circumstances. 

 Burnout is an extreme state of mental exhaustion caused by stress. Stress is the emotional strain experienced in demanding circumstances. 


Burnout is caused by constant exposure to stress. It can be eliminated and prevented by learning how to set better boundaries in your environment and prioritizing your needs. 


    Common Signs of Burnout

(The Burnout Checklist is available for download here.)


Energy Depletion - Very little energy to do most things


Somatic Symptoms - Colds, headaches, stomach upset and back pain


Disconnection -  No interest in connecting with family, friends or colleagues 


Procrastination - Avoidance or difficulty completing tasks 


Feelings of Failure - Not feeling as if efforts are enough, appreciated or worth the effort

Discontent and Despair - Defeated, stuck or helpless

 Now, Here Are 7 Steps For Managing Your Burnout

Commit To What Makes You Feel Good 

Be particularly mindful of the people you’re are hanging around. Surround yourself with positivity and this includes PEOPLE. Take notice of conversations and limit shop talk outside of work.

Guard Your Energy  

People and even technology can be an energy drain. This time could be focused on YOU - doing something rewarding with your precious time (ie. massage, walk, preparing a beautiful meal, enjoying a movie, a candle-lit bath.) 

Practice The Art of Meditation and Deep Breathing

Remember, any form of meditation involves deep breathing. Start simple. As you sip your water throughout the day, couple it with deep breathes. Relaxation is like building a muscle - the more you practice the stronger you will become. 

Re-Evaluate Priorities

Ask yourself “what are the key areas of my life that are most important to me?” This step is immensely valuable as individuals struggling with burnout tend to place a lot of their focus on their work and/or the needs of others and neglect what is most important to them.

Avoid Excessive Alcohol 

While alcohol is initially relaxing, as it wears off you can become anxious and it will affect your sleep. Our bodies begin to withdraw from the alcohol within a few hours of intake. 

Develop a Healthy Sleep Regimen

Your room should be dark, quiet and cool. And no devices

Schedule Time for Food, Water, and Movement

Make sure your machine is running at its peak state. Be good to your body. This does not mean developing a new exercise regimen or taking on some extreme diet. Be respectful of your bodily temple. Our bodies naturally tells us what it needs. 

Desi Wenzel is a Self Care Consultant and Mindset Coach helping overwhelmed, overworked superwomen find their joy, peace of mind, and passion for life and her business through Digital Courses, Coaching and Retreats.

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