After a holiday, several days away from the office, and a relaxing weekend, I am ready to get back into the swing of things! Honestly, I’ve missed my clients, writing for the blog, and making music! I was unplugged from the world for a few days, living with no internet and very little cell service so I was unable to do anything work related. I spent time with my family and friends, sharing laughs, making memories, and simply unwinding. I cannot put into words how refreshed and happy I feel. As I start to take on the new challenges of the week I wanted to share with you a few ways to avoid burnout and maintain that refreshed, ready-to-go feeling.
1. Take time for yourself! This is hard one for me because I like to do things for my business and for others but I know that in order to serve others, taking time for myself is super important. Find five minutes a day to do something nice for yourself. For me, that translates to playing my favorite song on the piano, painting my nails, cooking, or exercising. Do something non-work related that makes you feel good!
2. Unplug. Turn off the computer, phone, iPad, TV, and other distracting electronics. Having so much information flying at you constantly is not only overwhelming but also exhausting and distracting. Try to focus on being present with yourself and your family without the distraction of technology. Your emails and text messages will still be there when you turn the devices back on.
3. Get enough rest. People say it all the time and it couldn’t be more true. Getting enough sleep makes all the difference. Aim for 6-8 solid hours of sleep. Your body and brain will thank you!
4. Set goals and make lists. Keeping track of what you need and want to do with a list(s) can be a great organizational and motivational tool. The visual reminder helps me keep focused on what needs to be done instead of bouncing around from one task to the next. I also love the feeling of crossing something off my list at the end of the day!
5. Find a hobby. When I was first told to find a hobby I took offense. However, it has been one of the best things I have done. Having something I can do and learn about outside of my profession is both relaxing and rewarding. I found a crafty and creative hobby where I can create a product but in a stress-free setting and on my own time.
Mostly, find time to do things that help make you a well-balanced, happy individual. You must care for yourself in order to better serve those around you. “Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give” -Karl Lagerfeld