What is Burnout?
What Causes Burnout?
Signs and Symptoms of Burnout
- Chronic fatigue
- Increasing cynicism
- You feel hopeless, helpless, and defeated
- Reduced productivity
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Isolating or withdrawing from others
- Increased procrastination
- Muscle aches
- Digestive upset
- Changes in appetite
- Increased blood pressure
- Becoming easily irritated
- Turning to unhealthy habits to cope (drinking, smoking, food, etc.)
What’s a Mental Health Break?
The Benefits of A Mental Health Break
- Increasing your productivity
- Improving decision-making and creative skills
- Improving your physical health
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Helping with PTSD
How to Take Mental Health Breaks
- Reach out to loved ones. Sometimes, speaking with a partner, close friend, or loved one can help alleviate the burden on your mind. You can meet up for coffee or dinner and have a good conversation with one another.
- Exercise. Physical exercise, such as going for a walk, hitting the weights at the gym, or taking a yoga class, can do wonders for your physical and mental health. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that can increase feelings of pleasure and reduce pain.
- Spend time in nature. Fresh air is another great way to improve your overall mental health. Turn your phone off and go for a walk in the woods or go for a hike. Or, if you’re a water person, a trip to a nearby lake or ocean may suit you better.
- Meditate. Meditation can help to calm your mind, allowing you to focus on the moment. Other ways to improve mindfulness (and therefore your mental health) include deep breathing exercises and journaling.
- Take a vacation. If you need more time away, take a trip. Go somewhere you’ve never been and immerse yourself in your surroundings. Visit a new city, head to a cabin in the mountains, or rent a beach house. No matter where you go, your focus should be on relaxing and self-care.