8 Important Signs Of Burnout To Look Out For

Let’s look for some signs of burnout. Always tired? Stressed? Exhausted? If you’re experiencing several of these signs, then it’s possible that you might be experiencing burnout. If there’s someone you know that doesn’t look like they’re enjoying their work anymore, I’ve put together a list of 8 important signs of burnout to look out for.

You’re losing your sense of humor

For people who are high-functioning and have a positive outlook, burnout is often accompanied by a loss of humor. You might start feeling like everything is a drag, even the things that used to make you laugh. You find yourself rolling your eyes at people’s jokes, or just not laughing. This can be a sign that you’re getting burned out on life.

You’re avoiding people

It’s not always easy to tell when you’re burning out, but one of the biggest signs of burnout is that you start avoiding people.

You might find yourself pushing friends and family away or even just avoiding social situations altogether. You might feel like you don’t have anything in common with them anymore, or that they don’t understand what you’re going through.

But the truth is that when we’re burned out, it’s often because we feel so isolated—so alone—and it can be hard to know where to turn for support. That’s why it’s so important to reach out to someone who really cares about you and let them know how much their support means to you!

Indecisive

When you’re burnt out, you may find yourself struggling to make even the simplest decisions—you don’t feel like you have the energy or focus to make the choice, so you just put it off and hope something else comes up.

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You lower your standards

When you’re in a state of burnout, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important to you and what isn’t. You may start to let things slide that were once important—and even things that are important now but not as much as they used to be. It’s like the old saying: if you can’t do it well, then don’t do it at all.

It’s affecting your health

You’re exhausted, but it’s not just because you’re tired.

You’ve been feeling this way for a while now—like you’re just going through the motions at work and your home life is suffering as a result. You’re not getting enough sleep, you barely have time to eat healthy meals, and when you do manage to go on a run or take a yoga class? It feels like more of an obligation than something you actually want to do. These are signs of burnout.

And then there’s your health: that nagging cough that won’t go away; the headache that won’t go away; the stomachache that won’t go away; the back pain that comes out of nowhere and never goes away.

No matter how much sleep you get or what kind of food you eat, nothing seems to make any difference.

It’s time to take stock and make some changes—before it’s too late!

You’re experiencing mood swings

Mood swings can be an early warning of signs of burnout. If you’re experiencing mood swings, it might mean that you’re feeling more irritable than usual and are reacting more strongly to things that would normally be minor annoyances. Your mood swings could also be in response to the stress of work, which can happen when you’re not taking time to rest or care for yourself properly.

If this is happening to you, try to stay calm and keep your cool whenever possible. It’s also important to remind yourself that this is normal—it happens to everyone!

You feel helpless and hopeless

One of the most obvious signs of burnout is that you feel like you’re beyond help. But, if it’s any consolation, this feeling is very common among people who are experiencing burnout. If you find yourself feeling helpless and hopeless, know that these feelings are temporary and will pass.

You don’t enjoy the things you used to

This is a big one, and it can show up in a lot of different ways. Maybe you used to love going out with your friends and now you just want to stay in. Or maybe you used to be the first one on the dance floor at parties and now you’re hanging back, avoiding eye contact with everyone else. You might have noticed that your taste in music has changed or that you don’t have as much energy for exercise as you used to.

The point is if something about your life feels different and it’s not for the better, then it’s probably time to start asking yourself some questions about why that might be happening—and then try fixing it!

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What can you do if you’re experiencing signs of burnout?

It’s important to take the time to address your emotional well-being, both as a worker and as a person in general. When you do that—when you slow down and devote yourself to self-care—you’re creating a space for the rest of your life to flourish. You’re taking steps towards a meaningful existence, and you won’t regret those decisions.

8 Ways To Learn To Love Yourself

Learning how to love yourself can be a difficult task. Most people are taught from a young age that self-love is selfish. Sometimes we just need a little help and direction on how to love ourselves as much as we love others.

I’m on this journey right there with you!

Accept the fact that you are your own person

You can’t be anyone else, and you can’t force yourself to change who you are. But that’s actually a good thing—it means that if you want to learn to love yourself, it’s going to have to come from inside of you, not from any external source. That’s why it’s so important for us to learn how to accept ourselves as we are and appreciate our strengths and weaknesses.

Talk positively to yourself

You may not think it, but you’re your own biggest critic. You’re always telling yourself that you aren’t good enough or that you need to improve, but the truth is that you are amazing just as you are. So next time a negative thought pops into your head, tell yourself instead how great you are!

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Let go of the toxic people in your life and focus on being happy with just you, for you

There are millions of people in the world who are ready to love and accept you for exactly who you are, and there’s no reason to spend your time pining over someone else when there are so many more deserving people out there waiting for a chance to show you how much they care about you.

Take a compliment

When someone gives you a compliment, don’t brush it off or make excuses. Accept it, and be grateful for it! The more you accept compliments, the easier it will become to believe them yourself.

Stop comparing yourself to others

We all do it. It’s practically a human instinct. But it can be so damaging for your self-esteem and your relationships with other people when you’re always looking at them and wishing you were like them.

It’s important to remember that just because someone else is taller or shorter than you, or has a different hair color, or likes different music than you do, or thinks differently about things, that doesn’t make them better or worse than you! It just makes them different. And that’s okay!

They are a part of the world and they deserve love just as much as anyone else does. So next time you catch yourself feeling jealous of someone else, try reminding yourself of this fact instead: everyone deserves love; even if they’re not exactly like me!

Go Easy On Yourself

It’s hard to love yourself when you’re constantly beating yourself up, right? So work on being kinder to yourself. That doesn’t mean you don’t set high standards for yourself or that you reward yourself with something small like a piece of chocolate every time you do something good—it means that even when things go wrong, you can accept that as part of life and try again. And if something good happens, don’t let it go to your head—just appreciate it fully and then move on.

You are not the thoughts in your head

This is a very important fact to remember as you learn to love yourself. You are not the thoughts that run through your head, and you don’t have to be defined by them.

It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that we are our thoughts and feelings—especially if those thoughts and feelings have been negative for a long time. But it’s important to remember that these things can change, and soon enough, you’ll find yourself looking back on them with a laugh at how silly they seemed at the time!

Write down all the things you like about yourself

1. Start small.

Don’t try to write down every single thing you like about yourself. Just start with a few things that come to mind, and make sure they’re not just “I’m smart” or “I’m pretty.” Try to say something more specific, like “I’m good at making people laugh,” or “I’m really good at cooking.”

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2. Add details

Start with the basics, but then add more details to make it feel more real: “My favorite color is blue, and I love how it looks on me!” or “I have a dog named Lucky who is always happy to see me.”

3. Remember what makes you special

When you find yourself feeling down on yourself, remember all of the things that make you special—they’ll help keep you going!

Remember – learning to love yourself might not happen overnight

Loving yourself is an ongoing process, one that takes time, patience, and strength; however, this is a worthwhile goal that everyone should strive for. Trust me, I’m a work in progress myself!

Why I decided to start writing on Medium now

Writing on Medium was a dream I had years ago, thinking it was only for the very most professional polished writers. Now, that I’m a paying member, I can see that it is a community of passionate people writing about so many different topics. And you don’t have to be perfect. There are beginners (like me) all the way to established writers offering courses and guides to help you succeed. And all are welcome.

What’s great about writing on Medium?

I enjoy reading stories on Medium and I’ve been inspired with new ideas countless times over. So, one of the great things about it is the diverse perspectives and views offered on the platform. To be a good writer or creator, you have to be a consumer of knowledge as well. So, this is a great place to build community among like-minded people trying to make it just like you.

Also, the content you write belongs to you, so you can publish it however you’d like. For instance, the very article you’re reading is on my personal blog and on Medium. This gives me double the chance to reach a larger audience. Also, the reach on Medium is much greater than on my own site at the moment. Therefore, I can leverage the interest that people have to keep my own momentum going.

It’s free to sign up and post articles, so anyone can do it! This makes it easy for anyone who wants to start building up their online presence (and traffic) with minimal investment or effort required from them (not like some other popular platforms that require payment).

The challenges of writing on Medium

The most obvious challenge is that Medium is not your blog. It’s not your site, it’s not your domain, and it’s not even your audience. You don’t get to control the design and you don’t get to control the features.

Getting traffic from your work is difficult because there are so many other writers publishing on the platform. Getting featured can help, but even then you’ll need to be persistent with your posts in order to build up an audience that will follow you back when you publish new articles.

I’m sure there are other challenges and I will create some update progress posts as I spend more time on the platform.

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My June goals for writing on Medium

I’m going to write a series of articles on Medium. The goal is to establish myself as an authority in a specific niche. I will be writing about setting goals, productivity, and growing my personal brand and business. And who knows? Even other topics I’m learning about will be important to share such as search engine optimization, personal finance, and investing.

Medium is a great platform to build your brand because it’s a community where people are interested in reading about your topic. If you’re writing about something that people are passionate about, they will read your content and share it with their friends. This leads to more exposure for your work and more traffic to your website/blog afterwards. So what am I going to try and do during my first month of writing on Medium?

  1. Grow my following to 100 followers by June 30, 2022 to be eligible for monetization
  2. Post at least 2 articles per weekday for one month
  3. Consume 30 minutes of content per day from other writers to gain inspiration
  4. Connect with other writers and bloggers in social media groups

Medium is a great place to share and connect with readers, but it’s even better as a platform for building your own community that appreciates reading your content.

I look forward to writing on Medium and sharing my journey with everyone here!

10 Items to Spruce up Your Home Office: Amazing Amazon Finds

I’m always on the lookout for good Amazon finds.

It seems like the work from home options are here to stay long-term. Even before the pandemic, remote work was gaining popularity from both employers and employees. With streamlined communication and proper procedures, it can be a great way for companies to allow workers more flexibility in managing their time.

In this post, I wanted to share some of the products that I find to be helpful in my home office. These are in no particular order and I’m happy to share more if this list is helpful!

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10 Home Office Amazon Finds

  1. 1. Waterproof desk mat

2. Atomic Habits by James Clear

3. Electric cup warmer

4. Ergonomic mouse pad

5. Power strip with USB port

6. Mini vacuum for keyboard and crumbs

7. Motivational desk plants

8. Monitor message board and phone holder

9. Desk organizer for stationary

10. Alexa as a virtual assistant


Best Sellers in Office Products

Ways to Create a To-Do List: Methods to Get Stuff Done Right Away!

You need to create a to-do list

Do you often make it through the day just putting out fires as they occur, trying to keep up? Creating and sticking to a schedule can help with managing time effectively. One helpful tool is to create a to-do list of action items that you need to get done. Over the years, I’ve tried different methods of writing a to-do list, which have worked for various purposes depending on my goals at the time.

A to-do list serves an important purpose in life. It keeps us from losing track of everything we have to do and helps focus our day on the things that really matter. It turns out that creating a to-do list can seem intimidating for some of us. But with a little bit of know-how, it becomes easier to create a to-do list. You won’t have to spend extra money and will be able to spend more time on the important stuff.

Why is it important to create a to-do list?

Making lists and prioritizing tasks helps you become more likely to accomplish your goals and reach your dreams. It also provides a way to track your progress and keep you motivated to move forward. To-do lists are great for both personal and professional use. You can use a paper and pen notebook to track it all or there are lots of great digital apps to organize tasks by category.

I’ll share some of the methods I’ve used to create to-do lists with you here.

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THE EVERYTHING LIST

I like to call this list the everything list because it’s more or less a brain dump of all that has to be done. Sometimes I make columns for personal and work action items to keep them separate, but I just get it all down on paper (or digital). I’ve seen others refer to this method as the grocery list method because it’s just basically keeping a running tab of tasks as they pop into your brain.

Top Three to Five

For me, this method is helpful when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Instead of literally writing everything down that needs to get done, I write 3-5 MANAGEABLE items at a time. Then, when I’m able to cross them all off, I create a to-do list by writing 3-5 more items to accomplish. It’s comparable to time blocking a schedule. It’s focusing me to be intentional about what I want to accomplish within a certain timeframe.

Prioritized List

This method takes the everything method and then rearranges it based on your priorities. It’s easier to do this with a digital task management system because you can easily cut and paste the items and move them up and down on your list. One way to prioritize is to use the Eisenhower matrix. Some people even recommend a simple lettering system next to your tasks with A being the most important item to tackle first.

Big and Small

This type of to-do list breaks tasks into big and small tasks. You can think of them as time commitments. If it’s something like sending an email that will take 5 minutes to write, that could be considered a small task. If it’s completing an annual report, that might be a bigger task. Sometimes it’s more helpful to break up those big tasks into smaller ones and cross off those milestones as you reach them.

No matter how you organize your tasks and create a to-do list, the best thing to do is find what works for you. The physical act of crossing something off on paper to me feels so good that even though I manage my longer-term and ongoing tasks in a digital app, I still create a daily list of items that need to get done. I also try to keep it realistic so as not to get disappointed if I don’t get everything crossed off my list.

Happy to-do-ing!

5 Strategies to Manage Stress You Can Use Today

I don’t know about you, but I could use some strategies to manage stress.

No matter how much I try to avoid it, stress eventually creeps into some areas of my life. It particularly occurs around deadlines or times when multiple priorities are overlapping and there’s no way around it. I try to manage it in advance with good time management skills, yet I still need to find creative solutions to let the stress out when it does start to build up.

Here are five strategies to manage stress that I use when I’m feeling the stress pile on and I need to let go of some tension:

1. Exercise

This is probably the number one go-to stress reliever. Even doctors recommend exercise as a great stress reducer. I am a Zumba instructor so I have my regular classes, which helps with a consistent schedule. However, if I just need to clear my head, a walk or jog is perfect to let go of some of the worries and tension of the day. A couple of years ago, I was feeling fatigued and it turned out that my Vitamin D was low. Now I make it a priority to take the walk outside anytime it is a sunny day to replenish that energy.

2. Breathe Deeply

This is a practice that has truly helped me to manage my anxiety much better. Any time I feel the stress building up or drifting in, I take several deep breaths. It’s also helpful to utilize meditation practices through apps or YouTube channels.

3. See a Counselor or Therapist

I have been regularly seeking therapy for about 5 years. The amount of personal growth and self reflection that has resulted from this has been tremendous. I highly recommend therapy to everyone, no matter your life circumstance. It is extremely helpful to talk through your life circumstances with an unbiased person who has training and knowledge to help you see viewpoints that you may not realize on your own. For me personally, this is one of the best strategies to manage stress.

That alone has the power to reduce stress in your life. Many jobs offer what’s called EAP, or Employee Assistance Programs. If you’re not sure what it is, contact your HR department and ask if this is a benefit that is provided. If so, take advantage of the hotline and assistance to speak with someone about whatever it is that you are going through.

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4. Find Something You Enjoy

This could be a hobby or creative talent that you already have or something new that you are trying. Essentially, you want to fill some of your extra time with activities that make you happy or excited. Some people like to paint or draw or express themselves artistically. Perhaps you like to make candles. Whatever it is, make sure that you’re not caught in the work, work, work loop. Your self care and happiness are a priority and you should not feel guilty about making time for that.

5. Do Yoga Nidra

A friend of mine introduced me to Yoga Nidra years ago and I could not believe how immediate the results were in my reducing my stress levels. If you’re not sure what it is, check out this post here. After my first time, I was so relaxed, I truly felt the stress leaving my body. I had tried yoga before, but with little success.

I always found myself to be a go, go, go type of person and yoga was much too slow for me. I love my Zumba and dancing, but not Yoga. However, this is much more like a meditation and I could truly find myself relaxing throughout the process. If you haven’t checked it out, there are many YouTube videos you can follow along with that will take you through the process.

Whatever you have going on, you owe it to yourself to take a step back if you can. You don’t want to get to a point where you have no choice but to take a step back. Try to use these strategies to manage stress and comment on any others that you utilize to reduce stress!

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