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Banish Burnout Blues

If you wake up feeling disillusioned and dread the day ahead because it is a crazy mix of work deadlines, family responsibilities and a mounting to-do list, chances are you may be bordering on burnout. What is burnout? It’s a state when you feel emotionally, mentally and physically drained out, one where you lose productivity and feel that all energy is being drained. Chances are, you have been busy dealing with excessive and prolonged stress without realising it. And eventually there comes a morning when you wake up feeling like you have nothing more to give.

The good news is burnout blues can be banished. A few small changes at your workplace and in life can bring back the energy and put you back on the same smooth pace you set out on. Here are a few ways to deal with a burnout:

* Now that you know you are stressed, express it. Confide in supervisors, colleagues and family about the issues you’re facing. Once they know what you are going through, they can understand and help you.

* Recognise and accept your strengths and weaknesses. Be clear about what you can change and what you can’t. If you can’t take out time to take your daughter for her dance classes right after you return, change the timings or make it a twice- or thrice-a week activity.

*  Blow off some steam by doing something fun with your co-workers. Ditto with family members. Go for a picnic. Invite someone over for dinner.

* Take a vacation and don’t think about work and that mountain of to-dos stuck on the refrigerator door. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a good vacationMeditate. Make an attempt to stay healthy. If the body responds positively, the mind will follow.

* Make time for “me-time”. Do things that nurture your spirit – read, listen to music, cook, write a journal, get a manicure-pedicure/massage – the options are endless.

* Take a break when your body tells you to. You could take a tea break or just a 15-minute nap, but you’ll so much better when you return to work.

Like the proverbial silver lining, a burnout can actually help shape you into a more focused, happier and better person. Once you recognise the problem, embrace it and make amends, you may find yourself waking up with a smile on your face.

Cheers to that!

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