Everyone experiences times when they feel like they have more on their plates than they can handle, especially moms! But stress and an overwhelming to-do list can quickly turn into full-on burnout. When that happens, it’s time to rethink how you deal with everything you’ve got going on. Here are some great recommendations to help you bounce back from burnout and get your life back under control.
1. Think About Your Reason
People often reach the point of feeling burnout if they’ve become out of touch with their reasons for doing something. You need to reconnect to your reason, your “why” in order to regain your motivation for something. Remembering your purpose for doing something can help reignite your inspiration which will help you feel a little less overwhelmed.
2. Track Your Progress
Seeing how far you’ve already come will help you feel motivated to push through. Create benchmark goals towards your larger goal so you can check them off as you go. This will help to motivate you when you look back and see your progress.
3. Learn to Say “No”
If you’re guilty of taking on more than you can handle just to please other people, this tip is for you! Maybe you underestimated the amount of time it would take. Or maybe you’re just a people pleaser and you aren’t comfortable turning down a request. You have to learn to put yourself and your own goals first. If someone asks for your help and you’re not sure you have the time, say “Let me think about it and get back to you”, this will keep you from instantly saying yes to every request that comes your way.
4. Forget about Perfection
When you’re overwhelmed with the number of things on your plate and you don’t know how you’ll ever get them all done, you have to be okay with doing each one less than perfect. This doesn’t mean you should get in the habit of creating things that you’re not proud of. But, when you have too much on your plate, you can relieve some stress by accepting something as “good enough”.
5. Develop Healthy Habits
While a busy schedule is often the reason for not getting enough sleep, skipping the gym, and eating junk food on-the-go, the truth is that maintaining healthy habits is important to bringing yourself back from burnout. Taking care of yourself, or not taking care of yourself, affects your body and how you feel. It’s all connected. Even if you don’t have time for a full workout, go for a quick walk. Strive to eat well and keep healthy snacks close by. Turn off the laptop and read a book before bed. Taking care of yourself will help you accomplish more and stay on top of your to-do list.
Burnout happens to all of us, usually when we least expect it, but taking care of yourself and managing your stress will help you get through it much quicker.