Strategies to Avoid Burnout

4 min readOct 24, 2020

If we don’t talk about it, it can easily be ignored

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, burnout is an “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.” So in simple words, burnout happens as a result of dealing with long periods of stress or frustration.

My hope is that these strategies will help you avoid burnout.

After you recognize it, accept it for now

Once you recognize that you are burnout, work on accepting that you have it. Because when we are in denial, we do thing as if we are okay and we sometimes pretend with other people that we are okay. Usually, those people who really know us would easily be able to see a difference between you feeling exhausted from a long day and you being burnout from long periods of stress or burnout.

Learn to receive as much help as you are able to

I’ve had small incidents where I drawn in both the ocean as well as the swimming pool. One time, it happened when I was learning how to swim while the other time, I already knew how to swim.

No matter how much we know about the signs of burnout and how it happens, it could still happen to us. The most important part is that when we burnout we accept any necessary help we need in order to get back to our normal routine and feeling well again.

In the above picture, when we drawn, we need to receive help to get out of the water. Similarly, when we are burnout, we need to accept the help of others in order to help us overcome it. If we don’t receive help from others, it can get worst because we need the encouragement and sometimes even the care of those who able to keep us company.

One upon a time in 2013, I had a job that expected me to show up at 5:30am. It took me a while to adjust to the new schedule because I was also going through mild depression. At some point, I even faced some burnout. I knew I was burnout because my co-workers noticed it. I also noticed I got exhausted easily and I…


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