How to prevent burnout

Let's face it — burnout is real, especially right now in 2020. Not only are we still battling a pandemic, but many people are also feeling socially isolated and are worried about their health and financial security. And, if you're a parent, you're having to manage not only homeschooling your kids but also working from home. It's easy to become burnt out but hard to get out of that mindset.

Fear not, though. Celebrity psychologist, motivational speaker, life coach, and President of the NAACP (branch #1069), Dr. Cheyenne Bryant, is here to help. She shares her expert tips on how to prevent exhaustion, reduce stress, and avoid burnout:

1. Identify the signs of burnout

It's important to be able to identify the first signs of burnout to prevent burnout successfully. When people are unable to identify those crucial signs, they end up in a place where they have nothing left to give. That's the essence of burnout — being unable to recharge your mental batteries. While it's possible to pull yourself out of feeling burned out, it just takes longer. That's why it's faster and easier being able to pull yourself out of that headspace once you're able to identify burnout. Some signs of burnout include feeling emotionally and physically exhausted as well as disconnected from others. You may also experience difficulties concentrating.

2. Know when it's time to stop

Recognize when you need to take a break. No one wants to get to the point where they feel completely drained and exhausted. Why? Because attempting to recharge when you're feeling burned out is very challenging. But, if you can intervene and set some limits for yourself, that allows you to recharge your physical, mental, and emotional batteries. It's essential that you know the signs of when it's time to stop and take a break.

3. Create a want-to-do list

Everyone has lists of things they have to do, like cleaning the house, going grocery shopping, and picking up the kids from school. But what are some things that you want to do? When you create a want-to-do list, make sure it has nothing to do with your responsibilities. Every day, choose two or three things on your want-to-do list to incorporate into your day. When we do things that we love daily, we end up making habits that prevent burnout.

Remember that the goal is to stop burnout from happening in the first place rather than intervene once you already start to feel burned out.

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