Lately I must admit I have been pushing myself a bit at work and in life. The other day to help myself I took an annual leave day with no plans. A whole day of rest for myself to help stave off the burn out, and you know what, it worked.
My job has been a bit crazy to say the least lately. Plus we’ve also had the fun of purchasing a house. This seems to finally be calming down, but I’ve been helping myself with a number of things to avoid the burn out. And today I’m going to share with you my Tips to Avoid Burn Out.
#1 Making Plans
Now this may seem like the opposite of helping a situation where you’re struggling with being busy. But we have a rule that I plan my free time (Dr W keeps a close eye that I’m not working myself to the ground, it’s habit I struggle to shake off). I like to block off time that I am not allowed to fill unless urgent, or if something spontaneous comes up. You know what, having plans all the time is tiring and does not allow for spontaneous fun – which is the best kind of fun!
#2 Keeping Active in the Pool
I’ve been regularly keeping active with hydrotherapy. Not only is it great with my arthritis, it’s helping keep me fit and giving me some wonderful time to myself. Spending an hour in the pool away from my phone and with no interruptions gives me time to think. And to keep my eyes from stinging with the chlorine I’ve been using these Vorgee* Swim goggles. These stop from steaming up (perfect for a hot hydrotherapy pool) and they fit really snuggly round my nose. Perfect for my new swimming habit.
#3 Eating Well
I’ve been trying to watch what I eat, and eating better has been helping me keep well. Making sure I get my full quota of veggies and protein helps not only with my health issues, but also the recovery from all the exercise I do! This is my Roast Vegetable and Pesto Pasta. A mid-week favourite that is nutritious and healthy. This is not to say that I don’t treat myself to sweat treats here and there, these also help in other ways on those crazy busy days.
#4 Sleeping Well
This is something I’ve always struggled with. I’ve been taking a lesson from Dr W who’s big on his early nights. It does seem to be helping, this getting more sleep lark, feeling rested gives me a much clearer mindset for the day ahead. I’ve also been taking time to rest as well. Because it’s a busy time at the moment, catching up on sleep with naps has been a bit of a highlight of empty weekends!
#5 Keeping Active Outside
I really have gotten back into running lately. I’ve struck up 100km already this year and my aim is to get 500km. I thought I had completely lost my mojo last year. I really struggled to motivate myself after summer, not helped by losing a friend who supported me in my running efforts. Running became a painful memory of a friendship lost for a while. But during our New Year’s trip to Scotland I found taking myself out for a run to get me back on it. I also found joining in with my local Parkrun really motivational. For longer runs I’ve been dragging Dr W out with me, sometimes you just need that moral support.
So what do you do to avoid burn out? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. *Contains PR samples, as ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.