10 tips to avoid burnout

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. You begin to lose interest and motivation in your work. Here are some simple practices which can help prevent burnout:

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  1. To-do lists: Make a list of your work and set priorities. Don’t try to cram too much into one day.
  2. Stop making excuses: Don’t keep thinking that other people are creating stress for you. Take responsibility for your actions that may have contributed to the problem.
  3. Learn to say no: Do not be afraid to cut back on commitments that are draining. Your other commitments will benefit from your improved attention. Delegate work that doesn’t require your inputs.
  4. Everyday ‘me’ time: You need some time to introspect, spend time with yourself and recharge your batteries. Take a relaxing bath at night or read your favourite book. You may also pursue a hobby which makes you feel good.
  5. Volunteer: Try volunteering in spare time. It will bring you fulfilment, alleviate stress and enhance positivity.
  6. Have a regular exercise routine: When you eat right, engage in regular physical activity, and get plenty of rest, you have the energy and resilience to deal with stress.
  7. Make family time: Friends and family keep us grounded and protected. Thus, regularly catch up with the people who truly care about you.
  8. Avoid energy thieves: Limit your contact with people who drain you or keep complaining. Clean your home as seeing a mess and clutter can drain you of energy.
  9. Choose a job that interests you: Pick a job that you enjoy doing and which brings you fulfilment. It should not seem like a burden.
  10. Be accountable: Get a friend who can help you keep track of your progress with honest feedback. Getting support and setting clear action steps will help alleviate stress.
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