Here’s the hard truth: we are SUPER prone to burnout as women.
Why? Because we are always putting other people’s needs ahead of our own.
It doesn’t have to be this way, though. We don’t have to de-prioritize ourselves in order to take care of other people; in fact, the opposite is true.
Here are three tips to help you avoid it and take back your life:
1. Make time for yourself
In the midst of a hectic schedule, it’s important to make time for yourself. Whether it’s taking a yoga class, getting a massage, or simply taking a few moments to meditate or pray, find what works for you and make it a priority. When you take care of yourself, you’re better equipped to handle whatever comes your way.
Some tips for prioritizing time for yourself are:
– Get enough sleep. Most people need around eight hours of sleep per night, but some people may need more or less depending on their individual body.
– Eat healthy foods. Eating nutritious foods helps your body to function at its best.
– Take breaks during the day. When you work non-stop, you’re more likely to burn out. Taking a few minutes each hour to step away from your work can help you to stay focused and energized.
– Disconnect from electronics periodically. Too much screen time can lead to burnout and anxiety, so take periodic breaks from your gadgets to allow your mind and body to rest.
2. Set boundaries
In order to avoid burnout, it’s important to set boundaries with your work and personal life. It means learning how to say “no” to people.
Here are some tips on setting boundaries in your professional and personal life:
– Establish boundaries with your time. When people try to schedule things for you during times that are already booked with other activities, it can be difficult to say “no.” However, it’s important to remember that you need time for yourself in order to avoid burnout. If you don’t want to commit to something, let the person know and give them a valid reason why. You don’t have to feel guilty about setting boundaries; it’s essential for your health and well-being.
– Say “no” more often. When someone asks you to do something, be honest and say that you’re not available. Saying “no” can be difficult – especially for women, because we often feel guilt if we don’t put others before ourselves – but you have to remember its essential for preserving your energy for the things that truly matter.
– Get clear on your limits. If someone crosses a boundary, let them know in a respectful way. It can be difficult to speak up for yourself, but it’s important to do so in order to maintain your well-being. If someone in your life repeatedly disrespects your boundaries, then you need to limit the amount of time you dedicate to that relationship, or end the relationship entirely, depending on the circumstance. Yes, we KNOW that’s hard, but it’s also necessary.
3. Establish a support system.
Having a supportive network is key to avoiding burnout. When you have people who understand what you’re going through and are there to help, it makes taking a break much easier.
Some tips on establishing a support system are:
– Talk to your friends and family about your struggles. Having a tribe of people that truly support you, whether it be friends, family, or coworkers, can help lift the weight of heavy responsibilities of your shoulders.
– Start going to therapy. Repeat after us: there’s NOTHING WRONG with asking for help! If you’re struggling to manage your burnout or anxiety on your own, seek professional help. A therapist can assist you in developing strategies to deal with burnout and anxiety, and can provide much-needed support.
– Have a supportive coach in your corner. If you’re running your own business or working hard to achieve financial goals, it’s always helpful to have an unbiased, nonjudgemental coach in your corner to help you deal with the tough sh*t. We would love to be those coaches for you!