I hate to admit it, but every once in a while I get burnt out. It’s only natural after long periods of being busy with work and fun. Fortunately I’ve figured out how to cure it when I do.
1. See friends and family
Spending quality time with friends and family is always fun and important. It gives me energy and allows me to take my mind off things.
2. Get a change of scenery
The city can be chaotic and overwhelming for some people after a while. Getting some fresh air someplace outside the city every once in a while is very relaxing and can change your frame of mind from the routine.
3. “Digital detox”
Zero cellphone or computer usage for at least 24 hours. Turn them off and completely check out from work and e-mails. I was surprised how great this is.
4. Catch up on sleep
(not much more to say about this one 🙂
After doing the above I’ll come back completely rejuvenated and stronger than before.
I also take preemptive actions to improve my energy levels and endurance and minimize burnout. For example taking shorter breaks periodically before I really need a longer one, exercising enough but not too much (future blog post to come on this), sleeping enough, eating well, planning my workload according to how I expect my energy levels to be, etc.