Don't Get Burnt Out With These Five Tips

5 Ways To Feel Less Burnt Out And Get Motivated

Realize you're mentally and physically exhausted, take a timeout, and then go after it. But make sure to take that time to get your crap together. You need it.

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Ah, feeling burnt out. Burnt out can be defined as becoming stressed and exhausted mentally, physically, and emotionally causing one to be less motivated and drained. We've all been there. Life can hit us pretty hard sometimes, from balancing school, work, family, a social life, and our personal health. How can one get everything done in 24 hours without stressing about it?

We're constantly pushing ourselves to work hard and do whatever means necessary to get everything on our to-do list done. We follow a schedule, we're consistent with it, and we get by most days. We're used to grinding, it's our usual, right?

But there are days, weeks, or months where we feel so exhausted that we can't get by, feeling weak and unmotivated. A lot of us ignore it and keep on pushing through. But being burnt out sets us back from our goals and that schedule we're so good at following. Being burnt out really does hurt us in the end.

Finding ways to cope with getting burnt out can be tough, but here are five tips and tricks to incorporate into your everyday routine to kick that burnt out feeling in the butt.

You're allowed to feel exhausted and burnt out from life, but you're not allowed to keep pushing yourself past that.

1. Take time before bed to reflect on the day past and the day ahead.

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Instead of scrolling through Instagram or Facebook right before bed, put the phone away and reflect a little. I recommend getting a journal or planner and doing reflections via pen and paper. You should use this time to think about all that happened during the day, good and bad.

Then, map out your day ahead and focus on the details. What time you have to wake up, what's on the agenda, when you're going to the gym, what's on your to-do list, and what time you're going to bed. Plan it out, so that you can let go of anything that happened during that day and focus on the next. This will absolutely help you feel less overwhelmed.

2. Take time to eat without your phone.

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Your breakfast, lunch, and dinner should not be eaten while you work. Put that phone or laptop away and eat. Observe your environment, thoughts, and body. This one has been such a game changer for me over the past few months!

3. Find something to do once a day that makes you happy.

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This is something everyone should be incorporating in their life, burnt out or not. Each day, you should be doing one thing that makes you happy. It could be for 5 minutes or an hour, whatever you need that day. This could include going to a spin class, reading the news articles of the day, calling your mom, or taking your dog for a walk.

The possibilities are endless. And, no, the excuse "I'm too busy" doesn't work here. Take five minutes to focus on you.

4. Stay positive.

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Speaking positively to yourself can change your mindset immensely. For example, instead of saying "I'm so stressed because I have so much to do," say something like, "I have a lot to do, but I'm determined to get this done." A positive mindset leads to positive actions. Speak it into fruition.

5. Breathe.

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Notice when you're feeling burnt out and take a step BACK. I'm serious. Pushing through your exhaustion works sometimes, but do it too much and you may really hurt your mental game. Take a step back and breathe.

There are some awesome apps to help you with meditation and breathing techniques. I have a Fitbit, which has an amazing feature on it that helps with breathing. Taking a step away from your stressed state by just breathing really helps.

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Working With People Who Are Dying Teaches You So Much About How To Live

Spending time with hospice patients taught me about the art of dying.

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Death is a difficult subject.

It is addressed differently across cultures, lifestyles, and religions, and it can be difficult to find the right words to say when in the company of someone who is dying. I have spent a lot of time working with hospice patients, and I bore witness to the varying degrees of memory loss and cognitive decline that accompany aging and disease.

The patients I worked with had diverse stories and interests, and although we might have had some trouble understanding each other, we found ways to communicate that transcended any typical conversation.

I especially learned a lot from patients severely affected by dementia.

They spoke in riddles, but their emotions were clearly communicated through their facial expressions and general demeanor, which told a story all on their own.

We would connect through smiles and short phrases, yes or no questions, but more often than not, their minds were in another place. Some patients would repeat the details of the same event, over and over, with varying levels of detail each time.

Others would revert to a child-like state, wondering about their parents, about school, and about family and friends they hadn't seen in a long time.

I often wondered why their minds chose to wander to a certain event or time period and leave them stranded there before the end of their life. Was an emotionally salient event reinforcing itself in their memories?

Was their subconscious trying to reconnect with people from their past? All I could do was agree and follow their lead because the last thing I wanted to do was break their pleasant memory.

I felt honored to be able to spend time with them, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was intruding on their final moments, moments that might be better spent with family and loved ones. I didn't know them in their life, so I wondered how they benefited from my presence in their death.

However, after learning that several of the patients I visited didn't have anyone to come to see them, I began to cherish every moment spent, whether it was in laughter or in tears. Several of the patients never remembered me. Each week, I was a new person, and each week they had a different variation of the same story that they needed to tell me.

In a way, it might have made it easier to start fresh every week rather than to grow attached to a person they would soon leave.

Usually, the stories were light-hearted.

They were reliving a memory or experiencing life again as if it were the first time, but as the end draws nearer, a drastic shift in mood and demeanor is evident.

A patient who was once friendly and jolly can quickly become quiet, reflective, and despondent. I've seen patients break down and cry, not because of their current situation, but because they were mourning old ones. These times taught me a lot about how to be just what that person needs towards the end of their life.

I didn't need to understand why they were upset or what they wanted to say.

The somber tone and tired eyes let me know that what they had to say was important and worth hearing. What mattered most is that someone who cared was there to hear it.

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My First College Gal Pal Road Trip Was Amazing

Every girl should have one good girls trip.

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In some way or another, everybody has a list of things they want to do in their lives before it's all over. After all, we're human. There's adventure to be had in every life. One thing I have always wanted to do before I grew too old and grey was go on a road trip with my gal pals to the beach. A couple weeks ago, I achieved this memorable milestone, and it allowed me to open up to new surroundings and experiences.

On this trip, I went with two of my friends from college, Kait and Lindsey, to visit my roommate Elizabeth in Virginia Beach. This was pretty big for Lindsey and I because neither of us had been to Virginia Beach before. Thankfully Elizabeth and Kait knew their way around the city, so we never got lost on our way to and fro.

Like most vacations, my favorite parts probably took place at the beach. I'm always at utter peace stomping through mushy sand or leaning down to splash the salty water that tries to knock my short self over. We took pictures and did something us college girls rarely have time to do especially in school: Relax.

The four of us did not live up to the crazed stereotype of girl trips in movies. Although I finally got a chance to sing along to Taylor Swift in a car ride with my friends, so that's always a plus. We played "Top Golf" one day, and by some miracle, I actually won the second game by a fair amount after much humiliation in the first one. We visited some of Elizabeth's family, and I finally got to meet her giant dog Apollo (I call him 'Wolf Dog'). Everyday was another chance to ask with enthusiasm: "So what are we doing today?"

Our trip wasn't like the movies where we all cried or confessed our deepest darkest secrets. Everything the four of us shared was laughter and this calm feeling of being at home, in the chaotic peace of each other's company. We understand each other a little better due to finally seeing what we're like outside of Longwood University. After this, all I can say is that we're most definitely planning the next one!

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