Useful Ways To Prevent Burnout and Combat Overwhelm

Simply + Fiercely

Tell me—does any of the following sound familiar? You’re overwhelmed and exhausted, you daydream about running away to a deserted island, or you’re snapping at loved ones for no apparent reason.

If so, welcome to the burnout danger zone, my friend. It’s a grey area where, unfortunately, I think too many women spend a lot of time.

I was burnt out for much of my twenties. It’s what happens when you’re trying to do all the things—but if you catch it early enough, there are healthy ways to identify and avoid burnout.

If you’re starting to feel yourself slip, now is the time to intervene and find balance in your life again. Keep reading for practical ways to prevent burnout, as well as how to recognise when you need help.

The first step to avoiding burnout is admitting that we can’t do everything. Be intentional about what to walk away from before you have no choice, and your health and wellbeing suffer.

Choose your battles

If you’re not sure where to begin, think back to your childhood and teen years. Most of us had creative outlets like playing music, writing bad poetry, or visual art to express ourselves.

Take up a creative hobby

It’s OK to ask for help—from family, friends, co-workers or even professionals. You don’t have to carry the heavy burden of modern life alone.

Get the support you need

I’m still committed to my best work for some things, but other times, good enough is good enough. This means that sometimes I can’t be bothered to fold my laundry and I rarely achieve inbox zero.

Make peace with “good enough”

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