Four strategies for avoiding burnout

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With such busy work schedules and home lives, it's little surprise the vast majority of us feel wiped out by the end of the week.

But if you are feeling constantly tired or pressured to "make up for lost time" following the Covid-19 lockdowns, it may be time to dial down the work worries and learn how to reset.

Mariel Whitmond, life coach & founder of Mindful Sonder (mindfulsonder.com), offers up her top tips for breezing our way through the next season in a stress-free and calm manner.

Question your 'why'

Start by asking yourself what is the "goal beneath my goals".

"Dig deeper to uncover why you want to achieve that thing," advised Mariel. "For example, you want to go on an amazing beach holiday, but when you dig deeper you are doing this more for show than personal desire. In reality, you find the thought of travel tiresome and you would really like to just do nothing. Or you want to lose weight, but in reality, you want to meet someone and you think losing weight will make you look more attractive. Be sure your goals stem from a PERSONAL yearning and not a sense of external obligation or validation."

Let life surprise you

Planning is a great way to manage anxiety and be productive, but without spontaneity, we can miss out on exciting, new opportunities.

"Planning helps to give us a clear direction, but we need to be flexible. Sometimes going with the flow and doing things spontaneously helps us to find unexpected moments of stress-free joy - let life surprise you!" she insisted.

Learn to say 'no'

Just because we are taking time off or relaxing, it doesn't mean we don't have responsibilities.

"Set good boundaries with your work, your phone, your friends, your family. Learn to say 'no' to the things you don't really want to do or that are draining. Make the most of the time you have and allow yourself to be fully present," the expert stated.

Refill your cup

Many of us have been battling burnout lately, so there's no time like the present to refuel and recharge.

"Watch the sunset. Lay out on the grass, close your eyes and tune into all of the sounds around you. Go for walks in nature. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good. Make time for the things you love. Nurture your body and mind. And do your best to live each day to its fullest potential," added Mariel.

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