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Preventative Strategies: Staying One Step Ahead of Burnout

It's a common problem: You work hard and think it will lead to success, but instead you end up feeling burned out. If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. Many people have experienced burnout at some point in their lives. I have too! In fact, that's why I started this blog. But don't worry — it's possible to avoid burnout altogether if you know what causes it in the first place and how to prevent it from happening again in the future...

What is burnout?

Burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. It can occur when you feel overwhelmed by stress or circumstances that interfere with your ability to function.

If you’re experiencing burnout, it may be time for some self-care. If you find yourself feeling drained or exhausted more often than not, this could be a sign that your lifestyle needs an overhaul. Whether it’s work stress, relationship drama or other obstacles in your life—a change in routine may be just what the doctor ordered!

Burnout happens when you feel overwhelmed by stress or circumstances that interfere with your ability to function. If you’re experiencing burnout, it may be time for some self-care.

It can be caused by stress, but it’s also linked to a lack of sleep, poor diet and exercise. The symptoms of burnout include feeling exhausted, lacking energy or motivation, being easily irritated and experiencing feelings of hopelessness or depression.

How to avoid burnout

Try to avoid burnout by taking breaks and caring for your mental health. If you are working on something that feels like it's never going to end, talk to someone about it.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by stress, take a break from work and try taking an evening off. It is important not only to take care of your physical body but also your mental health.

Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it! You may feel embarrassed or ashamed at first but remember: no one is perfect! We all make mistakes sometimes so there's nothing wrong with asking for help when it comes time for tasks such as assignments or projects at work/school/university etcetera).

If possible make arrangements with other people before hand so they know when they can expect certain things done by. (I prefer setting deadlines which helps me stay focused). This way if they see something isn't finished yet they'll know why which keeps everyone accountable including yourself!

There are some ways to go about this. One way is to break down your tasks into smaller chunks so that they don't feel so overwhelming. For example, if you have a big project due in three weeks, break it down into smaller parts and assign deadlines for each part. This will help you stay focused on each small part of the project separately instead of feeling overwhelmed by the whole thing at once.

You can prevent burnout.

You can prevent burnout. The first step is recognizing the signs of burnout, which are similar to the symptoms of physical exhaustion from overworking. If you're feeling fatigued, overwhelmed, or depressed to the point that it's impacting your work performance and personal life in a negative way, it could be a sign that you're experiencing burnout.

The second step is taking breaks from work—it's important to give yourself time off so that you don't get stuck in a cycle of exhaustion and frustration. The best way to do this is by scheduling regular holidays (that can simply mean a night/weekend at home with no work/housework) where you completely unplug from your phone and computer (like this). You also need to take care of yourself outside of working hours—eat well-balanced meals; exercise regularly; meditate or practice other stress management techniques like yoga or even colouring; spend time with friends who make you feel happy when they're around; read books that inspire you!


Burnout is a serious problem that can affect anyone in any profession. But you don’t have to be a victim of burnout. By taking the steps outlined above, you can prevent the most common causes of burnout and keep your career/business—and yourself—healthy!

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