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  • Writer's pictureHeather Lee Angland

Want to take a bite out of burnout?

Quick actions to start handling exhaustion like a badass and start feeling energised.

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Dancing barefoot on a beach at sunrise.

Burnout is a buzzy word these days. And for good reason, a lot of us have been experiencing it in some form over the past couple of years.

So what?

You see an article or someone's post about burnout or exhaustion in your newsfeed and you might get one or some of the below thoughts going through your head.

  • So what?

  • Everyone's got it.

  • Not like there's anything I can do about it.

  • If I can just get through this next project / life event / etc, then I'll be fine after that.

  • I don't have time to deal with it.

  • This is just how life is now.

Any of that ring a bell?

Well, read on for some quick and simple actions you can take to help you feel a bit more energised and able to tackle the bigger things.

Always start small.

I cannot stress this enough! Do not try to make huge life or lifestyle changes all at once. It does not work and usually ends up in disappointment and frustration - neither of these are going to help you feel better.

If you are feeling exhausted, you can't change that overnight, but you CAN start taking some small actions each day to help edge you into the direction of feeling better. And once that ball starts rolling, you will get some momentum and energy to help you tackle it in a bigger way.

Take action.

Little things make big things happen.

Here are a list of actions to get you thinking. Pick one of these, or get inspired to think of something of your own.

The key here is to pick one thing to start doing each day this week. If that feels good, why not add a second one to try the second week?

  • Hydrate. Challenge yourself to drink 2L of water each day.

  • Magnesium. Add in 1 servings of nuts, seeds or leafy greens each day to increase your magnesium intake. Or you can also try a magnesium supplement.

  • Movement. Try an additional 20 minute walk outside each day (or any other type of movement you enjoy).

  • Caffeine. Try having only one coffee each day if you usually drink a lot, or if you can, try going without any caffeine.

  • Energy dump. At least once a day, ideally 3 times, get your heartrate up for 60 seconds by doing some breathwork, push-ups, star jumps, whatever you fancy.

  • Sleep. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier each night.

  • Screen time. Stop using your phone one hour before heading to bed each night.

  • Kindness. Do one kind thing for someone else each day.

  • Dance. Start each day with a 5 minute dance to one of your favourite songs.

  • Boundaries. Choose one thing each day that you will do and say no to anything that day that may prevent you from achieving it.

Then what?

You can do anything, but not everything.

The above is a list to inspire you to make some small changes to get you feeling a bit better. Once you set this in motion, you're going to want to go bigger.

If you are ready, depending on your situation, speak with your GP, a mental health professional, or if you are wanting help to gain clarity and have some accountability, get in touch with me for a free mini coaching session.

And if you would like to hear some funny stories about my own exhaustion I've experienced, have a listen to our most recent Glow Get It podcast episode here.

What are you going to try this week?

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