4 Steps to Overcoming Burnout

We all get there eventually. The passion lulls, the motivation stumbles, the mind freezes, the inspiration dries up.  You find yourself floundering to keep up with your work load.

It can be difficult to figure out how to overcome these seemingly eternal events. There are tons of ideas out there. I’m sure that different things work for different people. I want to share with you what has worked for me. It’s a super simple method that I use every time. Are you ready?

here it is: STOP.

Got it. OK, one more time in case you missed it.

ready? STOP.

See? easy.

When I find myself getting burned out on a project, or experience mental fatigue, or just can’t take it anymore, I stop.

S– Step back from what you are trying to accomplish. this allows you a moment to assess what is causing the stress or burnout.

T– Take a break. We often miss the value in taking time to breathe. Go out and socialize, play a video game, take a walk. Do whatever it is that you consider fun. After a day of that I usually find that my mind is much more prepared to tackle the challenges of the day.

O– Open up to others. Interpersonal relationships are key to relieving any type of stress.  Seek out rich interpersonal interactions and continual personal and professional development. Find coaches and mentors who can help you identify and activate positive relationships and learning opportunities. Volunteering to advise others is another particularly effective way of breaking out of a negative cycle.

P– Perspective variation. Take a close look at how you’re looking at things. Is there a way to reshape your biggest stressor? Can you delegate? Maybe you just need a dose of optimism and positivity. Whatever the case, shifting your perspective is a major step toward resolving your burnout.

These four steps are not the only answer, but they have been very effective for me. There are quite a few resources available online that might help you overcome your burnout. look around the web and see what you come up with. Let me know what you come up with. (It might help me next time)

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