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6 Ways to Design a Lifestyle to Avoid Burnout

Life can sometimes feel like it’s on autopilot. You’re just here, trying to get through the day. It can feel like you have no control, and when things get too overwhelming, you simply burn out one day. Did you know that life doesn’t need to be that way? You can change your mindset to begin understanding the truth that it’s possible to design a lifestyle that you won’t have burnout from. Here are some of the most important factors to consider.

Rethink Your Housing

Long ago, the American dream involved something like owning a house with a 2-car garage, having a couple of kids, and retiring on a fat pension. Times have changed. It’s time to rethink what you want your life to look like. Do you love to travel but can’t make it happen on only three weeks of vacation time a year plus the cost of your mortgage? Maybe what needs to change is your housing. If you’re spending all your time away from home working, perhaps your home is more than you need. What about investigating the RV lifestyle or seeing what it would take to live in a smaller apartment? You could free up much-needed funds and spend less time cleaning up your home.

Pursue a Career in Something You’re Passionate About

Too many people picked careers that someone else wanted them to do. Or they chose something solely for the potential salary. While these aren’t necessarily the worst things in the world, they can keep people from being excited about what they do for a living. Let’s face it. You spend a lot of time at work. If you dread Mondays and can’t wait for Fridays, it’s time to make a change. Why not do something you love? Whether you look for a job or branch off to start a side hustle with your dreams in hand, you can earn money doing something that you love. You’d be amazed to hear that employee mental health suffers when people are doing their job just for the paycheck.

Learn to Prioritize Your Time

Do you feel bad saying no? This can cause some people so much anxiety. It’s important that you learn to prioritize your time. And that means learning to say no at work, at home, and sometimes even with your friends. Time is a precious gift that comes and goes too quickly. When people overwhelm themselves with too much to do, they get overworked and will be left combating burnout. It’s best to focus on doing the things that matter most at work and in your life and leave the rest to someone else.

Give Yourself Some Attention

When was the last time you got some self-care? When is it your time to read a book, go out with friends, or enjoy a Saturday morning doing what you love? You may be booked up with errands to run and chores to do, but it’s also important to give yourself some attention. If you’re one of those people who attend to everyone else’s needs first, you are at risk of a lifestyle burnout. It’s critical that you schedule time for yourself regularly.

Practice Spiritual Care

This is such a personal topic. You might enjoy going for walks in the forest or spending time in prayer multiple times a day. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, there are plenty of ways to practice spiritual care in your own life. Some people like to serve those who are less fortunate than them. Others will attend church services or other religious events regularly. If your tank feels empty and you know you’re going to burn out soon, why not recharge your spiritual bank?

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Say Goodbye to Toxic People

This one is tricky because sometimes, the most toxic people you know are related to you. It’s important to set healthy boundaries with people, including your family. They need to know if it’s appropriate to drop in all the time or when they treat you poorly. You need to communicate in some fashion that their words and behaviors are not okay. If they continue to cross those boundaries, it’s okay to reduce your time talking to them or visiting with them. Toxic relationships can easily be a drain and cause serious lifestyle burnout. 

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