It seems like there is no shortage of things to be stressed out about these days: responsibilities and deadlines at work, the rising cost of living, falling sick or taking care of a sick family member, and what seems like a never-ending onslaught of negative information from the news can all be significant sources of stress for any individual. And, if this stress is left unchecked, it can lead to burnout, a serious stress condition that can lead to serious mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion.
Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to totally avoid these sources of stress – they are a part of life at this point, after all. However, the good news is that there are some things you can do to help reduce your stress levels and avoid burnout, allowing you to lead a happier, healthier life.
Here are some tips on reducing stress and burnout.
Get More Exercise
It may not always the most convenient option, especially if you work long hours, but exercise is one of the most effective ways of reducing feelings of stress and burnout. You don’t even have to engage in a full throttle workout to receive these benefits – research shows that something as simple as a short walk can improve both mental and physical health.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Research has linked stress with emotional eating, which often involves binging on high-fat, high sugar foods to try and provide some relief from negative feelings. Think about it – don’t comfort foods like cookies or chips sound especially appetizing when you’re feeling tense?
While these kinds of foods may make you feel better in the short term, they may end up leading to more stress in the long run. After binging on high-sugar foods, you may find that you eventually experience a sugar crash, which is often associated with increased feelings of anxiety. Therefore, it’s important to watch your sugar intake and focus on eating a more healthy, balanced diet if you really want to reduce those stressful feelings that can lead to burnout.
Engage in Meditation
This one can be incorporated into just about any lifestyle, as it can be done anywhere and doesn’t require any kind of special equipment. Research shows that meditation may indeed be effective in reducing stress levels, and fortunately it’s rather easy to work into your everyday routine.
Simply set aside a time each day to stop what you’re doing, find a quiet place, and meditate, even if it’s just for a few minutes. It may not seem like you’re doing much, but a good meditation session can really do wonders for your stress levels.
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