If motivation is lacking and the thought of getting out of bed to meet that friend for coffee feels like you are exerting more energy than the training routine of an olympic triathlete you might be feeling burnt out.
First things first, you’re not alone in this feeling. In fact, Australia has one of the highest rates of burnout and if you’re currently feeling it, it’s important to find support where you can.
There’s no denying that feeling burnt out is a complex state of mind and although there is no one fix remedy, here are some small acts of self care that may refill your cup and help you feel more re-energised.
Sometimes we just need a little space to be alone, to clear our minds and indulge in the things we love. Pack a bag with your favourite snacks and book a night away at your fave beach or lush hideaway. For the ultimate way to recharge your body battery, pick a location that is in nature.
We love smartphones, but having access to so much information in the palm of our hands does come with a downside. Social media burnout is its own category of burnout, evoked by the exhaustion of keeping up with what’s on the ’gram (or your social media platform of choice). Whether you’re consuming content or posting too often, a 48 hour digital detox can take the weight of the digital world off your shoulders.
If disconnecting completely is too extreme, start with setting a time limit when using social media to avoid falling victim to the scroll.
Working out might be the last thing you feel like doing, but you will feel 100 times better after a good gym sesh. Release those endorphins and strengthen your body at the same time. Need a little more motivation to exercise? Bring a friend along for free and workout together.
Put down the phone and step away from the Uber Eats app. Getting that burger combo always seems like a good idea at the time, but your mental health will thank you for sticking to whole and healthy foods. Take some time out to get cooking with our healthy and delicious Banana and Ricotta Hotcakes recipe.
Burnout can impact people in so many different ways - if you or someone you know needs help call Lifeline on 13 11 14.