If constant stress has you feeling completely exhausted, helpless, and disillusioned, you may be on the road to burnout. Perhaps you are already there.
This year, Canada Life shared that a third of people in Canada are burnt out.
“Houston, we have a problem!” How can we help reverse these incredibly high numbers?
Let’s start with what burnout is.
Burnout is caused from excessive levels of prolonged stress and is a combination of these three components:
- Emotional exhaustion (feeling tired, drained, frustrated, and fatigued)
- Cynicism or detachment (caring less about coworkers or clients)
- A loss of satisfaction in one’s work or in their daily life.
So how can you regain your balance and feel more positive and hopeful again?
The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and other research, has shared that the way to help prevent and or manage burnout is through… RECOVERY.
What is Recovery?
Recovery is giving yourself a break from whatever the stressor might be.
Recovery is finding time or space for yourself where you don’t engage in things that are work-related or stressful. Recovery is about bringing physiological responses, such as cortisol (a key stress hormone), back down to baseline levels.
Recovery might sound counter intuitive when you have so much to do, especially with the holidays coming up. But we need to allow our minds to rest in order to allow us to function optimally.
Prioritize your recovery each day even if you only have a little time.
Quote of the Week:
“Being overwhelmed means that your life or work is overpowering you. Regain control by clarifying your intentions, setting realistic expectations, and focusing on your next step.” – Daphne Michaels
Enjoy your day and incase no one has told you this lately, you're amazing!
P.S Thousands of people are now using Mindful Doodling as a healthy break in their day. You can too! Join our upcoming '5-Day Doodle Breaks Challenge'. All you need is 10 minutes anytime in your day a piece of paper and a pen. Learn More HERE.