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What Is Burnout and How To Avoid It?

Take a moment to yourself in this fast-paced and stressful life.

Do you feel exhausted and lethargic? Have a lot to do but can't find the motivation? Are you feeling stuck, helpless and disillusioned? If you just said yes to that, you might be going through a temporary burnout and this only means one thing, step away and take out some time for yourself.

Whether you're an individual ready to get married and take on the plunge or just someone who finds themselves caught up in the stress that life has to offer, feeling burnt out has almost become a part and parcel of life today. And one thing to help ease the feeling is following your passion, pursuing an activity you're passionate about or simply indulging in some self-care.

But what is burnout? To define it simply burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and long durations of extreme stress. And yes, let's admit it wedding planning can be exhausting and stressful on many levels. Not only is it an emotional rollercoaster, but also physically and mentally draining, and the key to avoiding burnout is taking time off. So if you're someone who is feeling stuck and lacks motivation, here are a few tips that will help you spring back to life.

Dealing with burnout involves the three R's - recognize, reverse and resilience. The starting point of dealing with burnout starts from recognizing the feelings, noticing the signs and becoming aware of them. Once you become aware of the signs, aim to reverse the effect by preventing more damage by managing the stress. This can either be done internally or by seeking external help. Finally, the most important is to build resilience to stress by taking care of your physical and emotional health.

However, the above three require time and effort, and if time isn't at your disposal right now, we've rounded up a list of a few things you can do to uplift your mood.

Turn to others

This is often considered a given but turning to your friends and family for support during these times often goes a long way. Open up to people around you and let this work as a way to ease some pressure. And if you feel like it, explore new friendships too.

Limit your screen time

Knowingly or unknowingly, the amount of time you spend on a screen can lead to fatigue. With being constantly connected to your work, and not limiting the content you see on social media, too much screen time can have an adverse effect.

Pursue your passion

Take this time to look within and self-reflect, find something that you're passionate about and pursue it. Rethink your priorities, indulge in a leisurely spa, a hobby or simply some time with your family.

Hit the gym

Sometimes all you need to do is sweat it out, so hit the gym, train hard. Exercise has been proven to be a mood uplifter and help reduce stress and anxiety.

Adopt a healthy diet

This may come as a surprise to many, but what you eat impacts your mood. Too much sugar, carbs or caffeine can lead to a quick crash in mood and energy. Adopt a healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables.


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