None of us can deny that every now and then, we experience this horrible feeling of being unable to do anything – we’re powerless. Our productivity and motivation hit the floor, and we’re simply burnt out.
A burnout usually happens when we’re overwhelmed by so many things that we have to do, and usually after a long period of stressing over them, we need a break.
Stress is a bad thing for us, as it not only hinders us from performing our obligations, but in fact, also hinders our physical and mental processes. In fact, it was found that stress even shrinks the brain. Yes, it is bad, and whenever we burn out, it is due to an overload of stress.
If you’re looking for ways to immediately recover from a burnout, you’ll be disappointed that there really isn’t one. Additionally, recovery time will depend on how much stress you were under prior to burnout and it will also depend on your body.
However, with this in mind, there are ways to reduce the time needed to recover from burnout, and additionally, reduce your overall stress so that you don’t burn out next time.
One way, as suggested by some of our readers, is by the action of writing down what’s making you so stressed out, and trying to discover the true cause.
It’s a great idea, and simply involves making a list on your notebook, possibly of the top 10 things that stress you out, and next to each one of them, 1 or 2 things that you can do to reduce that stress.
If you’re stressed out that you aren’t able to finish work on time, do some supplementary work at home. If you’re stressed out about constantly cleaning your apartment, hire a maid – or alternatively, get a girlfriend.
If you’ve got exams around the corner, start reading at least thirty minutes to an hour every day. It is the little things that stack up over time that really stress us out, and when we don’t do anything about them, they slowly build up to the point where we break down.
When you’re able to analyze what’s causing you stress, and take at least even a few steps to break them down, you’re on your way to a better life. I’ll leave you with this nice analogy:
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water.
Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.” It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night.
Remember to put the glass down!”