Did you ever have one of those days? Well, I know you did, because we all do! Those days you feel sluggish, tired, out of focus. You know the day is going to be tough, because you just don’t have the energy to focus, or the desire to even try.

You are overwhelmed and burned out.

The key is to identify what burnout means for you, what triggers it, and most important, how to get out of it. Staying in burnout will affect you on many levels.

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Step #1 – Identify: What does burnout look like for you? Do you head right for the ice cream? Are you irritable and crabby? Do you say “yes” to everything because you aren’t up for a discussion of the alternative? Are you lethargic?

Step #2 – Discover: What are some of your triggers? Frustration with your job, personal life, goals? Skipping self care activities such as yoga, meditation, healthy eating, drinking water? Working long hours a few days in a row? Less sleep at night than normal? Boredom?

Step #3 – Imagine: What are some strategies to overcome burnout that work for you? Take a “turn around day” when you have a completely clear schedule and you work on catching up. Turn the phone off for 1 hour each evening. Schedule a day off to relax and pamper yourself. Get up 10 minutes earlier to meditate. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier to feel more rested. Share your concerns with a friend, co-worker or therapist.

Take time today to identify your burnout triggers so that the next time you’re feeling stressed, take a look at these action steps again and prevent the burnout!

Here’s another tip: ask for help! Sometimes a little outside guidance is exactly what you need to get out of the cycle of overwork / burnout. Apply for a Discovery Conversation and figure out how things could be easier.

(Important!! My complimentary discovery conversations aren’t for everyone! They are only for people that are eager to make a change, willing to invest in the solution, and ready to move out of their comfort zones. If this describes you, please click the link below!)

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