Burnout- signs to look out for:
- Resistance to wanting to teach
- Feeling more irritable or impatient than usual
- Always feeling tired
- Lack of creativity or inspiration
- You feel somewhat scattered
- Experiencing frequent insomnia
- Feel like something is missing
- Change in eating habits
- Lack of desire to create or be innovative
Understand that rest does not just mean sleep. Be aware of active and passive rest.
- Passive rest is something we need after a tiring day and is essential in avoiding burnout. This could be a few minutes of gardening, looking at the birds, lying on your bed, sewing or relaxing with a loved one. When we are exhausted we tend to want to watch TV or eat comfort food, but these activities won’t nurture our body in the long run. Know that it’s ok to take the time to rest passively.
- Active rest is what we can to do for fun. It is the best way to re-energise. Engage in fun, enjoyable and stimulating activities. If your are in a restricted area then try a new online class. Try to reconnect with your inner child- sing, paint or do some gardening.
Strategies to overcome burnout:
- Ask yourself what you are busy with outside and inside of work?
- Ensure you are getting enough sleep and make sleep a priority.
- Practice self-care and ensure that each week you make time to go for a walk in nature, eat nourishing meals, meditate and read inspiring books.
- Understand that rest does not just mean sleep.
- Put your legs up the wall for ten minutes.
- Put your phone on aeroplane mode for a couple of hours.
- Learn to say no when needed and set boundaries.
Overall, if you try these and you are still tired and fatigued, it may be best to seek medical advice.