6 Simple Things You Can Do To Stay Rested and Avoid Burn-out Jun 6, 2017 by Alex (Day Styles)
Fatigue and burnout seem to be a problem for everyone at some point. When your worries and obligations start to feel like too much, it's important to take time for yourself and get back to your center. Here are 6 everyday things to stay rested and avoid burn-out:
1. Drink a glass of water before bed
If food is like gasoline for your body, then water is the oil. Water makes up a large amount of your body. It makes sense that your body functions a lot better when there's more water to go around. Water keeps your skin younger-looking and healthy, it even helps food move through your digestive track. Water can do a lot of things to get you back to normal when you're feeling overwhelmed.
2. Turn your phone off at night
Nothing good happens at three o'clock in the morning. The most likely thing that comes from leaving your phone on by your bed is that you see a notification and lose sleep. The wrong message or email can keep you up for hours trying to help a friend with a problem or worrying about a new problem at work. Do yourself a favor and turn your phone off. Use an old-school alarm clock with a back up battery to make sure that you wake up for school or work on time. Turning off your phone helps you keep your sleeping time reserved for yourself. You're more likely to sleep restfully through the night without unwanted interruptions.
3. Do the dishes
No matter how tired or stressed you are, you should always do the dishes before you go to bed. That means you did one productive task, and you're on the right track for tomorrow. Let yourself feel on top of things when you wake up the next day to a clean counter. Doing the dishes is a simple way to feel like you've been productive.
4. Make a list
If you're feeling stressed, writing down your to-dos can help you make a plan for action. Then, start with a few small things. Checking them off the list can give you a sense of accomplishment. Then you feel like you don't have so many things to tackle at once. You can work your way to the more time-consuming tasks without having to worry about what else you have to do.
5. Forgive yourself
Sometimes, it's okay if things don't get done. If you can't cook dinner and the kids eat out one more time, they'll be okay. If you forget to bring your assignment to class and you have to hand it in late, chances are you're still going to pass the class. Give yourself permission to make mistakes. Allow yourself to have a different outcome than you might be hoping for.
6. Take a break
Set aside fifteen minutes each day for yourself. Choose an activity that you like to do during this time. Don't look at a screen, and don't worry about what else is going on in the world during this time. You can choose a simple activity to do during this time. You might enjoy putting lotion on your hands and face. Maybe you enjoy taking a shower or bath with scented crystals. You might enjoy a cup of herbal tea or changing into a pair of cozy socks. There are a lot of ways that you can take time for yourself that can help you rejuvenate and start fresh.