TIPS TO AVOID MENTAL BURNOUT DURING THE CORONAVIRUS

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22 Apr 2020

Hello beautiful friends!

As we enter into our fourth week of staying at home, combined with the sudden and drastic changes in our day-to-day life, you might be feeling a bit of burnout. It’s interesting because we went from feeling burned out with so many things on our to-do list, running around town for appointments, combined with meeting friends and trying to keep a social life. Cut to – we are now all at home and life has gone digital.

I don’t know about you – but I am feeling almost MORE busy than before. How is this even possible?!

You may have found yourself in a similar situation:

You’re checking social media. You’re answering emails. You’re having meetings. You’re responding to urgent requests. You’re on phone calls. You’re catering to the kids and other people. You’re checking our email and social media again.

If your day sounds like this, you’re not alone. We are spending 90% of our day in output and reaction mode. One of the challenges is that there’s no clear distinction from work to life, no change in week day to weekends. Add to that millions of people are now unemployed and trying to figure out ‘what’s next?’

Add to that the stress of going to the grocery store and waiting in lines, managing at-home schooling, zoom calls with friends, and the onslaught of free classes and courses that might leave you feel like you’re not doing enough.

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This go-go-go mentality is contributing to burnout at rapid rates.

We are facing decision fatigue, with the constant barrage of news to view, deciding where to spend our time, and saying ‘yes’ to nearly everything coming our way.

In a crisis like this, burnout can emerge because of something different

what experts call ‘decision fatigue’  BBC

I’ve personally found myself feeling stressed out from doing too much, as I’m equally caught in the transition of trying to produce more content (I mean, hey, I have time…lol), workout, lead online workout classes + health coaching, work on projects I’ve put to the side, be a good friend and daughter, learn new things, take the classes. Okay, it’s a lot.

That’s why I wanted to help you with tips on how to avoid mental burnout.

10 TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID MENTAL BURNOUT

 

  1. Learn how to say NO. We have a tendency to overcommit ourselves because we don’t like to let others down. It can become easy to say yes to everything thats going on. Yes, I’ll join that workout class from the unlimited IG Live classes happening. Yes, I’ll do that zoom face time with friends. Yes, I’ll start that project. Yes, I’ll do that course. Right now – learn to say NO. You will no hurt anyone, rather, it will help you to set boundaries and really start to prioritize yourself. You don’t need to do it all at once, or even at all. Be kind to yourself during this time.
  2. Meditate. This can come in all forms such as focusing on your breath for a few minutes to listening to a guided meditation as you fall asleep. The good news is there’s no right or wrong way to do it, yet committing to a daily practice can have profound effects on keeping you calm, managing anxiety and reducing any type of stress or burnout you might be facing. Check out my guided 10-minute meditation that you can do anytime (especially recommended during your 17 minute break; see below). I also recommend checking out my blog post on top meditations to reduce anxiety.
  3. Use the 52/17 rule. This strategy helps reduce distraction by having you work straight with no breaks (that means no checking emails, social media or getting a coffee) for 52 minutes. Once the timer goes off, you take a 17 minute break to catch up on your inbox, text messages or make some food. This productivity hack is used by some of the wealthiest people in the world who manage multiple companies, helping them to balance their time. The key here is that taking more scheduled breaks throughout the day helps you work smarter, not harder. I personally use it and it’s transformed my work day!
  4. Schedule “you time.” We tend to only schedule meetings, doctors appointments, business calls and other things that suck our time in our calendars. List out 3 things that bring you happiness that you can do each day and schedule them in your calendar the same as you do any other appointment. When you are notified of the ‘happiness event’ stop what you are doing and treat this as important as anything else you schedule. If you want to learn more about this drop me a comment below and I can share more.
  5. Start a gratitude journal. In your phone or a notebook, jot down 3-5 things that made your smile, that you are happy about, people you got to speak to, or self-care acts that you did. Each day you do this, you’ll start to find that you become more positive, are less stressed and find joy in the simple things. When you can’t control much of the outside world, you can control what you think. I’ve been doing this for years and truly, it has been one of the most transformational things I’ve done!
  6. Ask yourself, what will make today amazing? This is a simple exercise that can help you to see what you can do that will bring you more joy and happiness. Each morning as you wake up, write it down on a paper and put it next to your computer or on your fridge. As you look over this paper, what do you need to complete it and how will you feel after it? It’s a simple act of self-care to help you reduce burnout.
  7. Have a consistent sleep routine. Sleep is one of the most important things for your body and when you don’t get enough, it can cause fatigue the following day, cravings, and reduce your productivity. See my last post on tips to get better sleep. (Trust me, you’ll want to read it!)
  8. Do less. No, you don’t have to join every single free course that you’ve seen, nor do you need to have a zoom call with friends if you’re feeling tired. Now, more than ever, is a chance to really focus on what you need. Sit back, relax on the sofa and don’t stress out if you want to take a break from speaking to people. Focus on yourself and how you can nourish yourself. If you want to chill out on the couch for a day – DO IT.
  9. Stop trying to please everyone. As humans, we have the natural tendency to want to make sure everyone around us is feeling good, which makes us tend to give all we have. It’s okay to focus on yourself and what YOU need. As the saying goes, you have to put your mask on before anyone else’s in a plane, the same goes for life. The more you can show up for yourself the better you can the to those in your life, not the other way around.
  10. Focus on your physical health. It can become easy to have that second or third glass of wine each night (um, hello Nikki) and while this is okay for a short period of time, eating the right foods is essential right now. If you haven’t done my detox then I highly recommend it. The 5-Day Detox helps kickstart weight loss, reduces bloating and will help you to feel better immediately. Whether it’s food or fitness, commit to doing things that you know your body needs. This can be getting outside every day, starting a yoga practice, doing online workouts and eating foods that make you feel good. The saying is simple: ‘Eat good foods, feel good. Eat bad foods, feel bad.’ The key is non-judgement, rather just accept where you are and commit to making a change now.

 

I hope this post helped you with tips on how to avoid mental burnout. I realize that now is a strange time and just know that however you are feeling is completely normal. Be kind to yourself and focus on doing the best you can each and every day!

 

Sending you all love,

Nikki

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