The end of year means Christmas is around the corner, long summer nights and scorching days by the pool, but with the silly season fast approaching, there’s something else in the air…
Can you feel it?
Don’t lie to me I know you can.
That sluggishness that’s slowly filling the air, the stench of the end- of- year burnout lurking around every corner, everyone’s tired, less efficient, crankier, more easily provoked.
With less than a month until the whole country takes a much-needed siesta, here are some tips and tricks to make it through the next few weeks!
Don’t underestimate the power of sleep.
Adults should get between 6 to 8 hours of solid sleep per night, any less than that and people become more irritable and lack concentration (Sleep Health Foundation). You want to make sure you’re getting enough sleep so you’re waking up refreshed and don’t tire out so easily during the workday.
Remember, you don’t want to end up being FORCED to take a much needed break. The universe has a funny way of slowing you down if you don’t listen…
Know that it’s okay to say NO!
People, family, friends, co-workers, everyone can sometimes demand far too much from you. Trust me, you’ll only end up feeling anger and resentment towards these people. The only way you can stop this is by learning to put your foot down and say “NO!”. You’ve got to do what’s best for you and what’s best for your mental health. Remember, you’re not chocolate – you can’t please everyone.
“When we say, “yes” to everything and do not set boundaries with people, we often feel stressed, overwhelmed, and burned out. Most of us want to be well liked and to please other people.”
(Jennifer Rollin, Eating Disorder Therapist in Rockville, Maryland, Self-Compassion Enthusiast).
Asking for help is acceptable and sometimes necessary.
For some of us it can be difficult to reach out and ask others for help, especially when we’re used to helping others, but there is strength in knowing your weaknesses. When you realise you’re not capable of doing everything on your own, you ask for help and you realise that people are willing to pitch in and in the end you’re able to accomplish much more.
“The strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it.”
(Rona Barrett, columnist and businesswoman.)
Maintain a balanced lifestyle.
It seems super simple, but actually, when you’re feeling burnt out some of the simplest things become the hardest. How often have you arrived home from work and the last thing you want to do is cook a meal? Or you don’t sleep so well and you’re suddenly craving anything sugary you can get your hands on? How about when your alarm goes off at 6am, do you really want to get up and practise your early morning yoga and meditation? It can be hard to stick to your regular routine when you’re feeling worn out, but it’s so important.
Alas, the annual end-of-year burnout is universal, we all feel it, we all experience it but like all things in life, we all handle it differently. Remember to be a little more compassionate at this time of year; you never really know what other people are dealing with, and how they’re feeling.