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Tips to Prevent Burnout and Prioritise Self-Care

Are you feeling overwhelmed by work, family, and other responsibilities?

It’s easy to forget about self-care, especially exercise, but it’s important to prioritise fitness to avoid burnout. 💪

What is burnout?

It’s a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that results from chronic stress. It can cause feelings of detachment, feeling a bit flat and negative, along with a reduced sense of accomplishment. Burnout can also lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and insomnia.

“Ok, that sounds awful and a bit familiar – how on earth do I prevent burnout?”

Prioritise self-care

Make sure to take time for yourself every day, whether it’s through exercise, meditation, or a relaxing activity you enjoy. Prioritising self-care can help you recharge and prevent burnout. More on exercise in a minute…

Set boundaries

It’s important to set boundaries with work and other responsibilities to avoid overworking yourself. Learn to say no to tasks or commitments that aren’t essential or that you don’t have time for.

Practise stress management

Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as deep breathing, yoga, a walk outside, or talking to a friend. This can help reduce the impact of stress on your mental and physical health. Don’t underestimate the power of a walk outside, fresh air and a few deep breaths. By golly, it helps me!

Han snugged up on the couch with a cuppa

Take breaks

I know this can be a tricky one, but gosh it’s important! Make sure to take breaks throughout the day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This can help you recharge and stay focused.

Seek support

Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, or a mental health professional for support if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Having a support system can help you manage stress and prevent burnout. An oldie but a goodie – a problem shared is a problem halved!

When you’re flat out, it can be really hard to prioritise exercise. But it is a fantastic tool to

reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve your mood and cognitive function, and give you more energy. Plus, it helps to reduce stress and anxiety, which can help prevent burnout. By prioritising fitness, you’re investing in your overall well-being and setting yourself up for long-term success.

Here are my favourite tips to help you make exercise a priority:

  • Find an activity you enjoy 🏋️‍♀️

  • Make it social 🤝

  • Start small 🐣

  • Schedule it in 📆

Don’t feel like you have to jump into a rigorous exercise routine right away. Start small by incorporating short workouts into your day, like a 10-minute walk during your lunch break. Treat exercise like any other appointment and schedule it into your calendar. This will help you stay accountable and ensure that you make time for it. 🗓️

And also remember, self-care goes beyond exercise. Take time to rest and recharge, practice stress-reducing activities like meditation or a spa treatment, and seek support from friends or a mental health professional if needed. 💆‍♀️

Prioritising yourself is key to avoiding burnout. Don’t feel guilty for investing in your well-being.

Find an activity you enjoy, make it social, start small, and schedule it. Remember to take care of yourself. Your physical and mental health is worth the investment. 💖


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