Burnout is a state of chronic physical and emotional exhaustion that is typically caused by prolonged periods of excessive stress and overwhelming demands. In short, burnout happens when ambitious people accept that being unhealthily busy is the drumbeat of their lives. You’ll know you’re burned out when you’re feeling exhausted, emotionally drained, out of control, and out of balance.
Even though there’s a perceived slow-down that arrives with the heat and humidity, summer burnout is real. Here are a few scorching tips to help you avoid that nasty burnout and make this season truly sensational!
First and foremost: It’s time to ditch the notion that summer is only meant for productivity limbo. Unleash your inner chill. Prioritize self care and indulge in guilt-free moments of blissful relaxation — you cannot continue to be in service of others if you don’t truly recharge yourself.
Boundaries. Just because the sun is shining doesn’t mean you have to say “yes” to every invitation, favor, or commitment that comes your way. Protect your energy and remember, it’s perfectly acceptable to prioritize your well-being. Sometimes, saying NO actually means saying YES to something more important to you (like laying in a hammock under the dappled sun).
Let’s get strategic about your summer escapades. Plan your activities, trips, and social engagements with care. Leave room for spontaneity, but also ensure you have enough downtime to recharge those glitter-bomb batteries. Remember: Balance is the secret ingredient to a summer that sizzles, not fizzles.
While we’re at it, let’s address the elephant in the room — work. Whether you’re lounging on a sandy beach or trapped in a cubicle under frosty air conditioning, work-related burnout can strike any time.
Take charge of your professional destiny. Communicate your boundaries clearly, delegate when possible, and manage your time. (This is especially important for you small business owners and solopreneurs.) Remember, your value isn’t measured in how many hours you work but in the quality of your contributions. So, work savvier and save some energy for that poolside cocktail hour.
Lastly, don’t forget the importance of embracing the playful spirit of summer. Surround yourself with people who bring you joy and make you feel good. Engage in activities that bring you pure delight — whether it’s devouring boardwalk soft serve, dancing barefoot in the rain, or belting out your favorite tunes at live band karaoke nights. Let the summer be a reminder that life is meant to be lived with passion, playfulness, and a touch of irreverence.
Let’s make a pact to kick burnout to the curb, infuse our days with joy, and bask in the radiant, SPF-ed glow of self care.
Wishing you a sensational, burnout-free summer!