How To Avoid Burnout And Overwhelm

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I would like to share with you how to avoid burnout and overwhelm. Do you ever feel chronically stressed by life’s demands and overwhelmed by the endless list of tasks on your to-do list? If so, you’re not alone.

In today’s demanding and challenging work environments, burnout and overwhelm have become the norm. According to a 2015 Regus Group survey of 22,000 business people across 100 countries, 53% reported that they are closer to burnout than they were just five years ago.

The negative effects of burnout can spill over into all areas of life, if you allow them to. The good news is that you have the power to choose how you will respond to stressors in your life. It all starts with your mindset.

In the words of Maureen Killman, “Stress is not what happens to us. It is our response to what happens, and response is something that we can choose.” Are you ready to avoid burnout and overwhelm? Are you ready to take back control of your life?

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Our attitude towards stress dictates how we respond to tasks, people, and events in our lives. Research shows that if you choose to adopt a chronically anxious, negative attitude, it will repeatedly activate your stress response system.

In short, what you think will happen may really affect you on a physical level. In the words of Norman Peale, “We tend to get what we expect.”

Below are 5 ways to avoid burnout and overwhelm:

1. Focus On Your Purpose

One of the major reasons why so many people burnout is because they aren’t living in alignment with their purpose in life. If you don’t have a strong ‘why’, your energy will dwindle. You need to dig down deep and figure out what it is that motivates you to wake up every day and do what you do.

When you put your purpose into focus and commit to mastering it, you will feel more balanced and fulfilled. I have a purpose behind every action that I take. I found that to be a critical piece in my ability to avoid burnout and overwhelm.

When you do something that you love, you are inspired to do more of it because it makes you feel happy.

2. Take Care of Yourself

In today’s busy world, it’s easy for anyone to become overwhelmed now and then. In order to effectively master the daily stressors of life, it is imperative that you make it a priority to take care of yourself, whether that’s in the form of exercise, meditation, hanging out with friends, meditating, reading, etc.

Stressful triggers occur when our specific needs are neglected on a regular basis. This is where the power of a morning ritual comes into play.

When you take time every morning to honour and cultivate things that bring joy to your life, you will feel calmer and more in control of your emotions. As a result, you will feel unstoppable and better able to take on any challenge that stands in your way success.

3. Do One Thing At A Time

It may seem counterintuitive, but in the midst of stressful experiences, we can actually achieve more by slowing down. When you are constantly in a rush, it is easier to make mistakes, which causes increased levels of stress, resulting in burnout and overwhelm.

Conversely, when we are hyper-focused on one thing at a time, we have more clarity, and in turn are more productive. The next time that you feel overwhelmed, take a step back and remember that speed doesn’t always equate with success. Learn to enjoy the process and be more mindful.

4. Ask For Help

In our desire to ‘do it all’, we end up overwhelming ourselves in the process. Research shows that the number of people who say they have no one with whom they can discuss important matters has nearly tripled in the past two and a half decades.

If you want to avoid burnout and overwhelm, it’s important to reach out for help from others — whether that’s from a spouse, a friend, a mentor, or a colleague. Doing so will provide you with a fresh perspective, and an ear to listen to when life’s stressors become too much to bear on your own.

In the words of Les Brown, “Ask for help. Not because you are weak, but because you want to remain strong.”

5. Adopt A Growth Mindset

If you want to master stress, you need to learn how to become friends with it. In her latest book, The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It, Kelly McGonigal uses cutting-edge research on the correlation between resilience and mindset to challenge how we think about stress, and how we experience it.

The next time that you feel the physical sensations associated with burnout coming on, remind yourself that this is your body’s natural way of preparing for a challenge. You are more than capable of handling anything and everything.

I hope these insights on how to avoid burnout and overwhelm have inspired you to take back control of your life and rid yourself of burnout once and for all. What will you do today in order to avoid burnout?

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