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Overcome Burnout and Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

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We’ve all been there. Things are tough at work, and they are certain situations that need to improve at home. You’re stressed, you can’t sleep, and like many of us, we have realized there are not enough hours in the day.

It can be hard to stop the negative thought patterns that only serve to make you feel even worse.

When you meet with a certain level of success, working long hours without taking time to recharge will likely lead to burnout.

Burnout can leave you feeling tired and resentful. Recognizing the signs early to pace yourself and be effective at your job is essential.

Stress is a part of life, but it can sometimes get entirely out of hand. When life seems too hard to handle, it’s time to regain control. Luckily, there are many ways to accomplish this.

Successful people know how hard it is to keep up their self-care when they’re riding high on success, so they form habits that help them stay ahead of things. Budgeting time to take care of yourself helps keep you fresh.

Use these ideas to put mental and physical burnout behind you:

Clean up your diet. When you’re feeling burned out, it can help to eat a healthier diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables to energize your mind and body. Junk food creates more stress and load on your body. Cutting back on calories and providing quality nutrition can make a positive difference.

Get more sleep. Working harder or longer isn’t a solution for your burnout. Sometimes, the best option is to call it a night a couple of hours earlier than normal and get some extra rest. Allow yourself to sleep in on the weekends if you need to. Take naps. Rest helps.

Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is the last thing you need if you’re feeling frazzled. Caffeine stimulates your body and your mind. It can create more challenges than it solves.

Meditate. Meditation, listening to relaxing music, praying, or anything else that relaxes your mind can be beneficial. Avoid ruminating over the challenges in your life. Your brain only gets a break if you create one.

Give yourself a change of scenery. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when the scenery never changes. Being in the same couple of places day after day can limit your perspective and close your mind to the many possibilities open to you. Take a drive for the weekend in a city you have never been. Eat at a restaurant and take in the unfamiliar scenery.

Spend time with people you genuinely like. Spending time with someone that makes you smile and feel relaxed can be the best medicine. This is one of the best ways to recover from mental burnout.

Evaluate your life. Consider how you came to be in this situation. Do you need to make some changes at work, a different job, or a more satisfying relationship? Could it help you to speak to a professional? What needs to happen to prevent the same situation from happening again?

Avoid starting anything new. You already have enough on your plate. Avoid adding even more! Get a handle on your current situation first. Taking on more responsibilities will be challenging during this time.

Laugh. Laughing will always make you feel better. Who’s your funniest friend? What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen? How can you make yourself laugh? A night of laughter will give you a mental reset and put you in a better position to handle the challenges in your life.

Burnout can become a serious issue if it is allowed to go too far. Many mental and physical health issues are caused, or made worse, by stress.

It will benefit you to make managing your physical and mental health a priority. When you’re feeling burned out, take it seriously. Do what you need to do to feel like yourself again. Address your mind, body, and spirit.


About Damon K. Jones (238 Articles)
Damon K. Jones is an Activist, Author, and Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, a Black-owned and operated newspaper based in Westchester County, New York. Mr. Jones is a Holistic Health Practitioner, First Aid in Mental Health Practioner, Diet, and Nutrition Advisor, and Vegan, Vegetarian Nutrition Life Coach. Mr. Jones is a 31 year Law Enforcement Practioner, New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am), WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM), and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts, including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride. You can now hear Damon every Wednesday at 830 AM on WFAS 1230 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show.

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