Outthinking Obstacles Ep 04: Burnout

You can get on the other side of burnout very quickly by following a few simple techniques.


Takeaways:


  • Take a deep breath.

    Start by centering yourself and allowing yourself to take a nice, slow, diaphragmatic deep breath.

  • Get yourself off the grid.

    Book a massage or a facial. Treat yourself to an activity that is outside your normal routine.

  • Follow the fun.

    Allow yourself to let it go. Put yourself in an environment where you can play and laugh and not work.

Let’s say your preparing for a TEDx talk and you’ve been spending the last year of your life on this one moment in time. When the talk’s done, you have nothing left. You feel burnt out. What do you do? Start with just a breath.Kymberlee

We are working to outthink our obstacles. Next up is that feeling of burnout. You just have nothing left to give - you can't do one more thing. This may happen if you have just completed a huge talk you've been working on for months. Let's say it's a TEDx talk and you've been spending the last six months, eight months or year of your life on this one moment in time. And when the talk's done you just have nothing left. You feel burnt out.

What do you do? Start with just a breath. Start by centering yourself and allowing yourself to take a nice, slow, deep breath. A great resource for breath work is Dr. Belisa  Look her up. Amazing information.

Once you've tried working on your breathing, if you're still feeling that you just can't do another thing, take the next step. Plan some time for yourself to take yourself off the grid. And that time off the grid might be just getting a massage or getting a facial. It could be something very compact or it could be something longer. Maybe you take a trip, take a weekend somewhere. Or a whole week, or a several week trip to really rejuvenate.

If that doesn't work or if you're still feeling that, "I don't have it", try following the fun. This is an improv term that actually I used to name my entire year this year, to follow the fun, because I felt like in my work I'm just so serious and so drive and so focused on the grindstone. And I have to take a step back and just follow the fun once in awhile. This approach can work for burnout, too. If you let yourself just let it go, let yourself laugh. Be silly. Take an improv class or go to the theater or go see a comedy show. Let yourself not think internally, but just actually be in the environment and have some fun.

And if you try those different techniques, chances are you can get on the other side of burnout very quickly.

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