Burnout — a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion — leaves people feeling hopeless. Here are tips from therapists on staying healthy:
Lean on others. One symptom of burnout is thinking that no one else can do a job but you. Trust that work or chores will get done even if you don’t do it all.
Learn to say no. Instead of feeling guilty, realize that you’ll be better able to say yes to things that are important to you.
Reduce your load. Look at your everyday tasks and figure out what you could drop. A co-worker, child, spouse or neighborhood teenager may be able to pick up some work.
Take a daily technology break. Turn off everything, including your cell phone, laptop and pager, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.
Set a schedule. Map out your weekdays with the goal of having a chunk of the weekend to rest and have fun. You’ll be less likely to procrastinate.
Take vacations. Being a workaholic isn’t something to be proud of.
Reward yourself. Remember why you work and what you like about your job or home life. Spend time with a loved one or buy something you want and can afford.
Nurture your spirit. Do something just for yourself, whether it’s listening to music, exercising, getting a massage, reading or writing in a journal.
Don’t isolate yourself. Share problems with family and friends.