Burnout can significantly affect your mind and body causing you to suffer from exhaustion, anxiety, and even lead to possible depression. If you don't make changes, burnout can lead to bigger problems to your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
In order to avoid burnout it's important to get into a habit of recognizing its warning signs so you can stop it before it begins. Even some simple life changes may make it more likely for you to prevent burnout all together.

Here are some tips you can try to keep burnout from happening:

1. Check Your Workload.
It's so easy to take on too much without realizing what you have already taken on. If you continue to run on overdrive without giving yourself a break, you're sure to eventually reach burnout. You have two choices when it comes to changing your workload:

• First, you can look at where you are spending your time in order to work more efficiently. You'll be able to get more done in less time.

• Second, you can reduce your workload. This may not be ideal, but do what matters most for the sake of your health and happiness. A client recently told me she used to be a compulsive cleaner. She re-evaluated how much she was cleaning and let go of her expectations for immediate stress relief.

2. Avoid Physical Exhaustion.
When you're in-tune with your body, you can sense when you're reaching a point of exhaustion. As soon as you start to feel this way it's time to stop and make a change. The important thing to remember is that you need to leave your sources of stress behind. If this means no access to a cell phone or computer, then do it. 

3. A Change Will Do You Good.
If you keep reaching a point where you think you'll burnout, then it's time to make a major life change. For example, you may have a job that is causing you to keep having burnout despite your best efforts to avoid it. Perhaps it's time to start looking for a more suitable job. Take a look at what is causing you the most stress and take a look at your options. You are worth it.

4. Take Breaks.
There is a reason why it's mandatory to offer breaks to employees. You need breaks to refresh your mind. Go for a 10-minute walk, meditate, or just get away from your source of tension for a few minutes. Even standing up at your desk and stretching makes a big difference.

5. Ask For Help. Sometimes you can feel so alone with problems that you can easily forget to ask for help, yet that just might be the help you need to relieve stress Talk to your partner, friend, counselor, or personal coach to vent your frustrations and seek advice.

6. Just Say No. There is a difference between someone who is open and accommodating and someone who says yes to everything. If you tell everyone yes, it's likely that someone will take advantage of you at some point or another. Learn that sometimes saying no is in your best interest. In the end, the most important tip is to listen to what your inner self is telling you. If you've taken on too much, make a list and figure out the most important things that need to get done.

Let Your Stress Go

If you ever start to panic, take a few breaths or go out for a walk to blow off some steam. Vent your emotions. Take time to journal or talk to a close friend. Pent up emotions are likely to lead to unwanted burnout. A fresh perspective makes all the difference in the world.

These are just a few tips to stop burnout and enjoy your life. Take action and implement these strategies today and you'll soon be learn how to prevent burnout before it starts.

For over 25 years in the health care profession, Lisa Birnesser has studied stress relief techniques and have helped hundreds of people reduce stress in their lives. Lisa specializes in stress management coaching by helping people do what matters most every day.

13 thoughts on “Prevent Burnout: How to Stop Burnout Before It Starts”

  1. The three most powerful words here for me: Just Say No.  I've created so many tough situations by being a people-pleaser. I'd say yes to a request for help (whether I really wanted to help or not), take on a ton of extra work, and then burn out my drive. Thank you Lisa…top to bottom: a great message!

  2. Some great advice here on how to stop getting so overwhelmed that we end up having a break down. All your suggestions here are so do-able although 'Saying no' is still something I have hard time doing. 
    I had some minor surgery last week and thought I would be over it in a day. I wasn't. In fact it took me best part of a week to recover. But I did learn that the world survived without me!

    1. Glad you are on the mend, Carolyn. It’s amazing how we think we will get right back into regular life after having health issues. Take care and thank you!

  3. Lisa, I really appreciate these steps because they will help prevent burnout before it starts. I think prevention is the best way to go…once a person is burned out, it can take so much longer to recover. So, I am making note of this!! Great post!

    1. It does take a long time to recover. It can be just devastating on all levels. Thanks, Sherie!

  4. It is so important to pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. I was suffering from burnout years ago and didn't pay attention, thinking I could just keep going no matter what. The result was a heart attack at age 40. I'm so glad you're sharing this knowledge Lisa, so that others will learn the lesson that I didn't until it was too late.

    1. It is so commonplace to constantly ignore what our bodies say to us. So much that we get disconnected from pain or tension. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and experience.

  5. What a great idea – to prevent burnout before it happens. It's often too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of everything that needs to get done, but I like your ideas, especially checking your workload, asking for help, and learning to say no. "Know and honor your limits," as I like to say! 🙂

  6. This is timely! I know these things and its some easy to forget about them when we are overwhelmed! Thanks Lisa 🙂

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