How to Recover From Burnout

If you have ever experienced burnout you know how difficult it can be to get over - especially if you are still working. Here are a few ideas to help you work through the recovery process. The theme underlying all of these suggestions is that you must be good to yourself. No one else can or will do that for you.

At Home:

  • Eat properly - 6 small meals a day is ideal but be sure they are balanced and low calorie
  • Get plenty of sleep. Quality is better that quantity. If you need help sleeping see your doctor. You can't recover if you are exhausted.
  • Get plenty of exercise. It does not have to be hard exercise even walks are good for you (and the dog!).
  • Get out in the fresh air as much as possible.
  • Simplify everything you can.
  • Live under your means and get rid of financial worries.
  • Clear away clutter and you will open your mind to new ideas.
  • Don't be a perfectionist. You are not Martha Stewart so relax about the house and cooking.
  • Be sure chores are spread out evenly. Don't do it all yourself and don't try to do it all in one day.
  • Learn to meditate or do yoga.
  • Listen to soothing music instead of the television.
  • Take up art or reading for relaxation.
  • Listen to relaxation or visualization tapes.
  • Get massages to relax tension.
  • Journal to release emotion.
  • Take soothing baths and use exotic oils and fragrances.
  • Get help with the kids so you have some "me" time.
  • Laugh
  • Play
At Work:
  • Break your tasks into small pieces and have a mini celebration when you compete each one.
  • Don't do everything 100%. Learn when 80% is good enough.
  • Take breaks often.
  • Get up and move around.
  • Eat lunch - not at your desk.
  • Go outside and walk in the fresh air.
  • Guard your "self" time. Do not have an open door policy.
  • Plan specific times to return phone calls and emails.
  • Leave your work at work. Do not take it home with you.
  • Try to eat 6 small balanced meals a day.
  • Avoid sweets and chips.
  • Do exercises at your desk to release tension.
  • Take regular vacations.
  • Take a day a week of for a while to give yourself a long weekend to rest.
  • Decide what must change and make an action plan to accomplish it.
  • Don't try to do everything yourself. Learn to delegate and remember the 80/20 rule.
  • Engage your sense of humor.
If you can't get yourself back on track with these ideas get a coach who can help you. Be sure to do thorough screening so you get someone who is well credentialed and well trained. You want the best for yourself.

About the Author:

Lynn Banis PhD, MCC is known as America's High Performance Coach. She specializes in helping executives and entrepreneurs make the most of their opportunities and potential. Her years of working with small and large businesses has given her a depth of knowledge that is invaluable to her clients. You can reach her at http://www.discoverypointcoaching.com or lynn@discoverypointcoaching.com. Also check out Lynn's other businesses: Coach Academy Texas, a cutting edge coach training company; and Turnkey Coaching Solutions, a coaching program management and contract coach staffing company.

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