Monday Motivation: 5 ways to beat the mid-year burnout

We’re only half-way through the year and many people might already be feeling a little tired, unmotivated, anxious and stressed. The World Health Organisation has recognised occupational burnout as one of the reasons for people contacting health services. While it is not classified as a medical condition, WHO upgraded it to a syndrome that is linked to long-term, unresolved, work-related stress.

According to the current WHO classification (ICD-11), burnout can arise from unsuccessful management of chronic work-related stress, resulting in an occupational syndrome characterised by such symptoms as:

  • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  • Increased mental distance from one’s job;
  • Feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job;
  • Reduced professional efficacy.

Keeping a balance between work, social life, school and other facets of living can be challenging for many people, especially in a world where we are constantly connected through our mobile devices and social media accounts. The pressure can be immense, which makes waking up each day much more difficult. Here are simple things to remember when it comes to staying motivated:

1. Maintain a healthy diet

Every January people have all sorts of New Year’s resolutions that are often difficult to uphold. By the time you reach the middle of the year, old habits begin to surface and you lose motivation to continue with a set diet. Try prep some of the meals for the week over the weekend. Cook large meals and freeze them, choose a cheat day, have your daily snack and stick to a relatively good balance of protein, vegetables and carbohydrates. Remember to drink plenty of water every day.

2. Remain as active as possible

Exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good drug in our bodies. Whether you take daily walks or runs, go to the gym, dance, play sports or practise yoga, remaining active will help you keep your stress levels under control.

3. Prioritise taking a break

Whether its small breaks during work hours or that overdue holiday, make sure that you listen to your body when it’s time to take a break. Do not work or do anything in that break and focus on relaxation and recharging.

4. Do something you enjoy every day

Watch your favourite TV show, listen to music, get a massage, spend time with someone who makes you laugh and eat your favourite dish. Doing something that brings you joy each day will do wonders for your health and overall mood.

5. Get enough sleep

The only way our brains and bodies are able to recharge daily is through sleeping. If you do not get your average of eight hours of sleep, it will contribute to your lack of energy and exhaustion.

Source: Capricorn Review