How do you avoid burning out during busy times?
We are all busier than ever before and stress is a major factor in modern life today. So how do we cope with our busy work schedules, family, friends, studies, chores, exercise, social events, responsibilities and all the rest without burning out?
Here are some tools that works well for me:
Learn To Say No To Any Request That Drain You
It is difficult for many women to say no in general. We are used to multitasking and wanting to help out, and what is one more request? But if a request or a task stresses you out, bugs you, drains you or keeps you from your real priorities, then say so. And say no. Even if you find it difficult. Sometimes we have to practice saying no. And it may take time before we feel comfortable doing so. But it will free you up mentally and physically and keep your stress away. So practice how to say No politely, and practice not to over apologize for doing so.
Focus On One Thing At A Time
Instead of multi tasking and switching back and forth between projects, focus on doing one thing at a time to your best capacity. You will feel better about how you manage each task and more in control.
Focusing on one single work project at a time is the best way to gain momentum work wise, and you will not feel that you are stretching over too much, which is stressful.
Do Something About Nagging Problems
If you are worrying about a difficult conversation you have to have, or about an annoying email, this can certainly stress you and distract you from important work tasks. Instead of brooding and worrying, handle nagging issues right away! This will give you a clearer mind, less stress and more energy to focus on your priorities.
Always Dedicate Time To Rest And Relaxation
During busy periods in our lives, it is also important to dedicate time to relaxing so you can keep the balance. So be good to yourself, go to bed early if possible or try to sleep in during the weekend. Go for walks in nature, give yourself a break from technology, spend time with the people who makes you happy, take long soaks in the tub, meditate, read good books etc. When you prioritize some meaningful down-time during the hectic periods, you will get a lot more done in the long run.
It Is Ok Not To Be Perfect
Striving to be perfect all the time is normal, but it is also very exhausting! And it can become a problem if it gets out of hand. Learn to see what needs to be perfect and what doesn’t. Especially women are much harder on ourselves as we want to do the job to perfection, appear perfect, have the perfect family, home etc. And of course everything must be perfectly clean and tidy and all our meals nutritiously healthy as well delicious! Sounds familiar? Do learn to prioritize instead. And learn to do the work well enough to make yourself and your boss satisfied, then let it go and move on.
Having a dreaded task hanging over our heads is the worst. Many times we will try to avoid even thinking about it, wishing it to go away by itself. Which it ofcourse never does. Instead it just hangs there, stressing us, making us lose sleep over it. It is not worth it! It is much better to set a time limit for the task and then make as much progress as possible to get it done with. You will feel much better for not procrastinating but handling the task as quickly and as well as you possibly can.
Laughing Does Wonders
When we are very busy or during the difficult times in our lives, everything tends to get so serious and not much laughing gets done. But humour will help us to destress as laughter releases endorphins, which makes us feel good. So frequent laughter during the day will keep us optimistic and elevated. Take a break or two during the day to have a laugh – even if you don’t feel like it! Watch funny videos on YouTube, read humorous tweets and articles or watch your favorite comedy. Call or text a friend who always makes you laugh. Let go of the seriousness, if just for awhile. And see how refreshed you feel after having a good belly laugh. You will most probably have renewed energy to move on to your next task and feel much better about it.
What makes you destress and feel better when very busy? Please share as we need all the tools we can get to keep stress away!