Mitigating burnout in a year of hectic is an acquired skill. Here, we suggest some tips for reducing the chances.
Words Yasmin Singh
The line between exhaustion and burnout is fine and often confused. Exhaustion is generally quite noticeable and usually mitigated with a solid night’s slumber. The difference being is, that when you’re exhausted, you can usually still be relatively productive and a grey cloud of cynicism doesn’t hang over your head.
Burnout, on the other hand, is when disengagement takes over, your ability to be effective slips and your tolerance for any minor inconvenience is about as flexible as border restrictions in Australia. Often, you probably haven’t even realised that it’s happened.
Things that cause burnout:
You might be burnt out by one or several of these things. Knowing which one or ones is a great place to start. Regardless, if it’s something or someone in your life that is draining you, at the end of the day, it’s still up to you to make the changes.
Things you can do to mitigate burn out:
It takes time and effort to recover from burnout; that’s why it’s critical to pull back from what’s causing it in the first place. Burnout can present itself through both mental and/or physical symptoms, and working on yourself is not easy, especially when things are already rough. But, if you are burnt out, you probably have the sinking suspicion that you can’t keep going like this. Start small and ask for help if it feels like it’s too much.
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