How can I prevent burnout?

By Camille Pierson
How to prevent Burnout

People think that being burnt out is just a matter of being physically exhausted but, unfortunately, those suffering from this problem usually find that physical rest doesn’t necessarily make them feel any better. Burnout is so much more than that.  If you’ve ever experienced it, you will know that it makes you feel worn right down to your bones and your brain feels like it’s full of static.  We mostly associate burnout with work but you can experience it in your home life too.  Because our purpose at The Float Spa is to enhance people’s wellbeing, we wanted to give you some information on identifying and tackling burnout.

What is Burnout?

Simply, mental and physical exhaustion over a long enough period of time creates burnout.  Continual stress can lead to burnout because it puts physical and emotional strain on us which can lead to the feeling that it is all too much for us to handle so we become disaffected, disengaged and lacking in motivation.  This can lead to poor performance at work, lack of enjoyment in things we normally enjoy, frustration and cynicism, difficulty in concentrating, bad habits like overeating or drinking too much alcohol and general poor health or suppressed immune system.  Eventually, it can make you feel like you just can’t carry on and can lead to extended time off work because the recovery time can be very slow.

Facing Up to Burnout

Once you find yourself experiencing burnout, you can tackle it before it gets to the point where it seriously impacts your life, thankfully.  The difficulty is recognising it and facing up to the fact that you need to act to stop it getting any worse.  A problem with this is our society seems to worship overwork and we can often be guilt-tripped into working harder than we feel comfortable with or feel inadequate for feeling overwhelmed when ‘everyone’ is working as hard or harder than us.  Trying not to compare yourself to others is easier said than done but it is always worth remembering that you are only seeing what other people want you to see and not what they are doing to cope with their workload or how they really feel about it.  If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms in the previous paragraph, accept that you may be burning out and take action.

Preventing Burnout

One of the major barriers to preventing burnout is that you have to stop being so relentlessly busy and take time out to focus on your own relaxation.  When you’re stressed like that though, it’s the last thing you want to do.  Getting organised and prioritising is a good place to start to reduce the stress that causes burnout because, by the time you get to the burnout stage, how much you have to actually physically do and how much you are worrying about it may be different.  Once you have identified exactly what needs doing and how you get the important things done, it’s vital to make time to relax in whatever ways suits you.  If you can find just half an hour a day to prioritise your own relaxation, you can greatly reduce your chance of burning out.

We have plenty of ways to relax at The Float Spa and booking in advance makes it easier to set time aside and stick to it.  Of course, we would love you to tackle burn out by having regular floats, infrared sauna sessions or massages or taking yoga classes but meditation, exercise, crafting, gardening, chatting with loved ones and many other activities work just as well.  If you would like to relax with us, call 01273 933 680.

About the Author:

Camille Pierson
Camille is the managing director of the Float Spa and a Trustee of the Brighton Yoga Foundation. She’s immensely proud of the community she’s built at the float spa and takes real pleasure from seeing yoga & floating transform people’s lives. She’s also a mother of two.

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