3 EASY Ways to Avoid Terrible Burnout

Ciao lovelies! Today we’re talking about burnout, specifically 5 ways to avoid it/cure it.

Do you ever get burnout when working on a project? Burnout means that you basically are so sick of working that you can’t work anymore, or that you run out of inspiration. Burnout is particularly dangerous to writers/artists, recalling the phrase “writer’s block.”

Burnout is entirely avoidable/fixable though, so OFT is here to help you cure or avoid it altogether!

METHOD 1- Nature

One way to fix burnout is to spend some quality time in nature. Nature is a great way to regain your inspiration and relax, which may help ease or relieve burnout. Being around water, specifically, is the best way to relieve burnout. There is even research being done on the concept that humans feel calmer around water because of the blue tones, and other reasons.  ( Source, marine biologist Wallace J. Nicholsquoted in Huffington Post ).

So, next time you feel burned out, spend some time near a lake or at the beach, you know, for science.
And, while working on a big project, make sure to take plenty of breaks to be in nature, and get plenty of Vitamin D, which can improve your mood and make you feel relaxed and ready to keep working. ( SOURCE 1 SOURCE 2 )

METHOD 2- Change of Workspace

It’s true- a change of space can affect your desire to work, and your inspiration levels. If you’re experiencing burnout, try changing how your workspace is decorated, or use a new work space altogether. Sometimes when I’m having trouble blogging, I switch from my normal workspace to a space in my local library or in a different location.
I usually find that changing workspace helps, even slightly, which can help me get back into a good mood/rhythm of work.

METHOD 3- Small task first.

If you’re experiencing burnout, or about to experience burnout, stop what you’re doing and do something else, that’s small.
For example, if you feel yourself getting burnout while writing a paper, stop writing and tidy your desk. Or put away your clothes, or make your bed.

Doing a small task first will induce that feeling of accomplishment that helps to kickstart your motivation back into gear. An object in motion stays in motion, and a person feeling successful is more willing to start and finish other tasks. You know, simple laws of nature and all that.

When I’m using my app called Booster Buddy (more info HERE), one of the things it tells me to do when I’m having initiation and motivation issues is to do a small task first. Sometimes all you need is a little push.


Now it’s your turn, what do YOU do to avoid the dreaded burnout? Tell us in the comments!

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Comments

  1. What great tips! I get burnt out every now and again and it's definitely so helpful to do something to refocus.

    For me, that's going on a run with my husky (I immediately feel refreshed + reinspired after that one). Changing a workspace is a great idea too! I honestly feel like leaving my bedroom helps me get so much more work done. Just the mental separation of workspace + bedroom helps.

    xoxo
    Krista
    http://reroutelifestyle.com

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