My last blog talked about the warning signs of reaching burnout. The mental, emotional, and even physical fatigue that can creep up on you and make something that you once enjoyed, something that you dread doing and leaves you feeling drained by the end of the day. So how do you prevent burnout from happening, or even stop it once you realize that you have reached burnout in your current situation? Self-care is very important in combating burnout. Below are some helpful tips on how you can work on putting the brakes on burnout.
If you practice all of these tips and you are still feeling fatigued and burned out, then maybe it is time to re-evaluate your situation. If you tried to pay attention to the warning signs and tried to put the brakes on burnout with little or no avail, maybe it is time to make a bigger change. You must decide if what you are doing is worth the stress and fatigue, or if it is time to call it quits and move in another direction. Is what you are doing more important or your health and happiness more important? We often get hung up on the financial side of things, but if we are in poor health, the cost of doctor bills and a shorter life span may not be worth the stress and money. You must decide if that is where you are at and make the best decisions for yourself. There is no easy answer. There is no right or wrong. It is what you deem important and manageable. Take care of yourself, practice self-care, and make the most out of your life to meet your needs.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.