How to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout


“In your own life, it’s important to know how spectacular you are.” Steve Maraboli

It sounds completely unbelievable if you hear someone telling you that s/he has never experienced stress, if not burnout. Life is an amalgamation of both black and white shades where you go through stressful situations quite often. Here are a few symptoms that are related to being burnt out.


Emotional – Stress affects you emotionally by making you indifferent to your surroundings. You feel lethargic while socializing and connecting with people.

Cognitive – Affects the way you think. You tend to look for negative outcomes for everything that happens in your life.

Physical – A sense of tiredness engulfs and you remain restless throughout the day.

Spiritual – A misplaced sense of being where the purpose of life seems vague and unachievable.

Relational – Acting more aggressively or violently toward others.


In order to come out of your stressful situation and to prevent burnout, come back to normal life by following suggestions mentioned below.


1. Set Your Priorities and Limits

I understand it is really difficult to start at all. But honestly, you must give it a try by trying to recognize yourself. Seek to find out your priorities as to what goals and ambitions you have yet to achieve. By setting the goal, you get control over your decisions and strive hard to make them possible. At the same time, you have to be sensible enough to realize the limitations of your desires.


2. Be Rational

While setting the purpose of your life, you have to be rational. At times, we run after mirage by being too irrational in our expectations from people and life, in general. However, this will only intensify frustration whatsoever. But by being practical and reasonable in your wishes, you can achieve peace of mind and composure in life.


3. Connect With Productivity

One of the most important suggestions is that you should get back to your social circle that has always been relaxing for you or connect with people who are working for greater social benefits. Help them in order to help yourself. Various studies show that people tend to feel better when they initiate to help others. Moreover, you can always approach people from within your circle who can support you solve your personal issues.

“A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else.” Haruki Murakami

4. Bring Back Your Laughter

Therapists also suggest that you should laugh as much as you can to prevent your stress and burnout. Finding it difficult to laugh alone? Make a list of all those friends who have a great sense of humor. Hangout with them, innovate adventures and go for fun trips. At times, you do not really want to be with anyone when stressed out, you can always watch comedy movies and programs to feel fresh.


5. Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life

Last but not the least, you should attempt to find meaning in your life. Hunt for ideas and solutions that you can avail because without knowing your destination, you cannot reach anywhere. In a nutshell, you have to manage your stress and burnouts. Be vigilant from today because the sooner, the better.