How I Saved Myself From Burning Out

The signs you can look out for to avoid burning out

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Feeling The Burn

I wasn’t as interested in the work as I was before. I began to procrastinate a lot. I was tired all the time and had no motivation. While my performance didn’t really go down, it was getting emotionally and mentally draining. I was lucky enough or maybe I was self-aware to realize that what I was going through wasn’t normal. The signs and symptoms I was feeling seemed a lot similar to that of depression. However, I assumed it was just the pain from the breakup and brushed it off thinking it will go away with time. But even after two months, the signs were still there and that’s when I realized I was burning myself out.

Common Signs of Burning Out

Here are some common signs and symptoms of pre-burnout that you can look out for

  1. Reduced performance
  2. Mental detachment from work
  3. Physical tiredness
  4. Lack of motivation
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The Fix

What worked for me may not work for you but this is how I fixed it. I climbed a mountain! I knew I needed some fresh air and a change of environment. I am not an active person in general so climbing that mountain was quite the challenge for me. I almost gave up halfway but I wasn’t going to give up. While I was climbing it, not once did I think about work or stress about anything. I was completely in the present and enjoying every second of it. Once I reached the top of the mountain, for the first time in over 8 months, I felt at peace. It was the most beautiful sunrise of my life and the entire journey gave me a new perspective on life.

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