We live in a society that holds self-autonomy and multitasking in the highest regard. Being independent and able to juggle multiple expectations at once is rewarded with recognition, income, and... even more responsibility.
At some point, the weight of that responsibility and our workload takes their toll on us and fatigue sets in. Left unchecked, burnout is certain to follow. While there are many ways to protect against burnout, one of the most effective is delegation.
One definition of delegation: The assignment of responsibility or authority to another person (normally from a manager to a subordinate) to carry out specific activities. It is one of the core concepts of management leadership. However, the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work. - Wikipedia
If you have a type-A personality that loves micro-managing, the thought of trusting someone else with your responsibilities may seem as exciting as pulling teeth, but it is a...
It's 3:00 pm and you could really use a nap... but that is not an option. What are you going to do?
None of these ideas are going to be a long-term best practice. In fact, over time, any of these three choices will lead to weight gain, fatigue, and eventually- burnout!
What can be done to avoid the afternoon slump?
There are decisions you can make all day long that will help reduce the fatigue and burnout caused by unnecessarily losing bits of your energy and productivity each day. Check these out:
Get to bed on time - Setting a bedtime and sticking to it reduces your fatigue and helps your body stay in its natural rhythm.
Get quality sleep - Going to bed on time is a start, but it's just as important to get a good night's sleep. Create a distraction-free, comfortable sleep environment. A quality mattress with comfortable sheets is essential, as is controlling the temperature. Also, avoiding...
It probably goes without saying that eating a nourishing diet is directly connected to our mental and physical well-being. What we put into our bodies is used as fuel to propel us through each day. The better the quality of our fuel, the better our stamina and overall ability to manage whatever comes at us.
Having said that, it is alarming that most people aren't able to utilise the full potential of their diet as a tool. For some, such as those living in food deserts, acquiring nourishing food requires extra planning and resources. For others, eating becomes a sensory escape from the stress of their lives - even to the point of the compulsive comfort-seeking seen in any number of other addictions.
When combating fatigue and recovering from burnout, your food choices are likely one of the easiest aspects of your life to take personal control over. Your diet choices don't belong to anyone else but you. You don't have to get permission to eat foods that nourish your body. You don't...
Has your fatigue and overwhelm gone from bad to worse? Have you gone past the point of being in jeopardy of burning out into feeling the full-fledged effects of burnout? It's time to get yourself back on track and find new and better ways to avoid future burnouts.
You can avoid burnout's overwhelm and associated feelings by learning the three D's that prevent burnout.
Here are those three D's to prevent burnout from becoming an issue again:
Design - Design and plan as much of your day, week, and month as possible. Having a framework for your time spent helps to avoid burnout. Even if you love flying by the seat of your pants, don't discount the benefits of a little structure. Making an emphasis on certain important elements of your life allows you to build in the freedom to be spontaneous. Prioritising those things that are non-negotiable and getting them out of the way or making sure that they will be handled means you won't have to stress out about...
When was the last time you took a vacation? It may seem obvious that taking a holiday can help reverse burnout, but only a small percentage of people actually disengage and disconnect from their daily sources of stress for a restful holiday. Most of us allow excuses and anxieties to prevent us from unplugging and taking a meaningful break.
What are the two biggest reasons people give for not taking a holiday?
On the surface, these seem like valid mitigating circumstances - but there are ways around both roadblocks if you are committed to find time to spend taking care of yourself.
1. Time - Many people believe they have no time to take a holiday: that their business will implode, their lives are fundamentally too hectic, or any number of other worries. No matter the reason, time needn't be a roadblock to taking a holiday. If you are blessed to work in an industry that accumulates paid holiday, you are much more likely to be able to use that time to take a...
First off, let's clarify that for our purposes "mental health" is referring to the ability to experience inner peace, clarity, and a sense of stability in our often-chaotic world. In this instance, to describe mental health is not to talk about the disorders of mood or mind, but the presence of mind that comes from feeling in control and energised about living in general.
That being said, our mental health is absolutely tied to our experience of burnout. If we are overwhelmed, overworked, and overextended, we are unable to walk with ourselves in confidence and peace - which affects our mental health. Fatigue and burnout increase the potential to experience issues like anxiety and depression - which are sometimes manifestations of the root cause of burnout.
Therefore, it is so important to prevent and recover from burnout as soon as you become aware it is happening. Preserving our mental health isn't a luxury, it is a necessity! Doing what we need to do to set ourselves up for...
Similar to setting a weekly rhythm, you can help prevent burnout by establishing habits and routines. Cultivating habits and routines that serve you well can make life a bit more effortless and stress levels lower.
A habit is a way of doing things that has become intrinsic and automatic. This means that accomplishing the activity is effortless and requires little to no mental energy to complete. Your habit of brushing your teeth is an example. You don't have to put much active thought into it, nor do you specifically mark the activity on your schedule to be certain you get it done daily. It just gets done.
A routine may take a bit of thought, but it is another repetitive activity that has become easy and effortless over time, freeing up more time for the things that require your mental focus and energy. Making your way through your local grocery shop is an example of a routine. You likely approach the shop aisles based on the items you need, and have memorised the general...
When preparing for takeoff, a flight attendant will guide passengers through the safety features of the plane. Important information is taught, such as where the exits are located, how to use the seat cushion as a floatation device, and what to expect should the cabin lose pressure. In the event of pressure loss, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling and be available for use. The attendant explains that adults must place the mask on themselves before helping their children. This is an excellent analogy for self-care. Self-care isn't about being selfish by keeping resources from others. Self-care is all about taking care of your important needs so that you have the capacity to care for others without hurting yourself.
Self-care is the act of taking care of yourself in whatever way necessary to meet your needs and make a restorative impact for yourself in any area of your life. That may sound like a tall order, but active self-care is vital for preventing fatigue and burnout....
You probably already know how hard it is to focus on something. Focus issues are often the result of different things like boredom, lack of interest or even fatigue. Concentration can often be attributed by how motivated and interested we are in the task.
There are ways to deal with focus issues.
Supplements can help you when you are having focus issues. Vitamins like the B complex group, Biotin or vitamin H and lecithin all help improve your memory.
Eating the right foods can help you better focus as well since you will be getting the supplements from the foods to help with brain health. Foods like lean meat, beans, oranges, peanut butter and oysters.
Consult with your doctor if you find you can’t focus on any one thing for any length of time. Lack of focus can be a symptom of several different conditions, including depression. Get a thorough checkup to rule out any physical causes of your lack of focus issues.
When working on projects on your computer and online, make sure...
Being able to fly by the seat of your pants is an attribute that spontaneous people love. Unfortunately, it is also a common cause of stress, chronic fatigue, and burnout. Working without a schedule can place unnecessary stress on entire families, which can easily be avoided without having to lose your love of spontaneity.
Every week has a rhythm. It is generally accepted that Monday is the first day of the week, and that the week ends on Sunday. Some calendars based in certain religious faiths claim Sunday to be the beginning of the week. No matter where you begin or end your week, there is a rhythm and cycle that the week follows.
Within that week lies the plans for activities and various expectations that fall on you and your family. Sorting through those activities and expectations and finding a designated day of the week for them can help reduce stress and burnout.
Let’s take a look:
Everyone expects certain activities to be on the to-do list. Items like work, school, and...