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Burnout Recovery: 5 strategies to help you reset

*Anything stated and any advice given is based on my experience and are my opinions only. I am not a qualified mental health professional.

Hi everyone and welcome back to Beat Those Thoughts!

Today’s post is all about bouncing back from burnout which is something I suffered from severely this year.

For around 6 months, I constantly felt drained, negative, overwhelmed, and suffered from muscle pain, energy loss, impaired concentration, patience issues, amongst many other things.  

It was the worst my mental health had been since coming off antidepressants two and a half years ago.

After a small break to Wales in September, I decided that no job was worth sacrificing my mental health for, and as soon as I got back, I quit my job and made some much-needed life changes.

Everyone is different, but if any of you reading this are suffering from burnout, I hope that at least one of these tips that worked for me, will work for you as well:

1. Acknowledge and accept that you’re burnt out

In my opinion, this is the most crucial step because until you accept it, how can you recover? It took me 6 months to accept I had burnout and boy do I wish I’d accepted it sooner.

If I had, I could’ve turned things around for myself far sooner! And it’s important to mention that if you are struggling severely, it might be worth exploring professional mental health options.

2. Set Boundaries

Many people, including myself, struggle with setting boundaries out of fear of being viewed as selfish, lazy, or uncaring.

The thought of saying ‘no’ can be terrifying but it’s one of the best things you can ever do for yourself and your mental health.

Before committing to anything, I strongly advise you to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have the time for this?
  • Do I have the energy?
  • Is this something I’m genuinely looking forward to or am I forcing myself to?
  • How much will be required of you, and do you agree with it?

These are questions that I ask myself and it has been a big game-changer. It’s okay to be selective of the commitments that you accept and do what is essential for your mental health.

3. Practice Self-Care

Unfortunately, many of us aren’t in a position where we can take loads of time off to recover and dedicate days to relaxation.

However, taking a small moment each day to practice self-care can be extremely beneficial in recovery. This could include:

  • Mindfulness practices such as meditation.
  • Physical activity such as Pilates or Yoga.
  • Having a cup of your favourite hot drink.
  • Having a relaxing bubble bath.
  • Reading your favourite book or watching a comforting film.

4. Confide in someone

One of the biggest things that have helped me, is confiding in my partner. We’re very open with one another anyway but telling him about my burnout made me very anxious. 

However, once I did, all I received was nothing but support and love. He encouraged me to do what was best for me and didn’t once make me feel guilty for feeling the way I did.

Find someone who you can really open up to and who listens to you. It’ll help more than you know.

5. Journal/Write

When you suffer from burnout, it can be so easy to forget about the things that make you happy or the things that you are grateful for.

Journaling for me has been a saving grace for a while now and is something I recommend whether you are burned out or not. It’s great at reminding you of the good things in your life, especially when you feel like there are none.

Also, if you’re someone who struggles with voicing how you feel, writing them down is always a brilliant option and helps to get rid of some of the tension that comes with burnout.

Final thoughts…

Everyone recovers from burnout at different rates so by no means will any of these ideas ‘fix’ your burnout straight away. However, they’re things that have helped me whilst I’ve been recovering and I hope will help you as well.

12 thoughts on “Burnout Recovery: 5 strategies to help you reset

    1. I totally agree (it took me 6 months to accept my burnout!) but exactly, once you’re able to make that step, it’s so helpful moving forward ☺️

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  1. Oof. I’ve been feeling incredibly burnt out lately, but unfortunately, I have no way to slow down right now. However, I’m doing what I can to find ways to practice self-care in between all the chaos!

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    1. Bless you! I hope it’s not too long until you’re able to slow down + rest soon! Well done to you for practicing self-care when you can, that’s an amazing step!

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  2. Fab tips! I’ve been feeling pretty low and unmotivated recently but I’m starting to get a bit more on track now. I always find journaling about my feelings really helps, as does speaking to people – although I have to admit I’m not very good at asking for help. Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear that journaling works well for you as well! I’m awful at asking for help too but I try to remember that when I do, it really does help x

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  3. Oo, it is so hard being caught between things and not being quite sure what to do despite knowing you need to do something! I love that you made the changes you needed to by quitting your job and started practicing self-care. I personally find writing very therapeutic. 🙂

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