Good mental health supports a sense of overall well-being. Having a healthy mindset is important mentally, physically, and emotionally. Life has many tribulations and how you deal with them can define your overall mental health and happiness. Stop the mental burnout and take time to create a healthy mind, body, and soul.
Maybe you’ve experienced burnout in your personal or professional life- or maybe both! With the increasing social media outlets, long work hours, and the rat race most of us are running it is no wonder we feel stressed and burned out. Mental burnout can cause exhaustion, depression, professional performance concerns, physical health conditions, social isolation, and so much more.
I’ve created a list of 8 things that may be stopping you from obtaining mental clarity and/or causing you mental burnout. These are things that I have personally experienced but there are many more that could be added to the list.
8 Things That Could Be Causing You Mental Burnout:
1. Procrastination – Do you feel like you don’t have the motivation to complete simple jobs? Do you put off doing your daily chores or have difficulty staying on task or completing projects? Your lack of motivation is likely stemming from your mental burnout but it can also be triggering the behavior. By putting off what you should do today until tomorrow you are creating a “to do” list that becomes unmanageable. It is a vicious cycle that increases stress, anxiety, and burnout.
2. Self-Confidence – Do you lack self-confidence? If you spend valuable time doubting yourself or emphasizing your insecurities you could be impacting your mental state. The way that you “self-talk” impacts how you portray yourself and how others perceive you. So, if you are constantly putting yourself down internally then you are sabotaging your mental well-being.
3. Fear of Judgement – If you are frequently worried about what others think or how they see you; you are manifesting unnecessary stress. Honestly what you think about yourself is more critical than what anyone else thinks or believes. Stop living in fear and start embracing who you are.
“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” – Plato
4. Social Media – In this day and age everyone seems to have a smartphone and constantly connected to one social media platform or another. Multiple studies have found a strong link between social media and depression, anxiety, and loneliness. Unplugging from technology and social media for at least an hour each day can vastly improve your relationships and overall mood. Take that time to reconnect with your friends and family or set aside that time for self-care!
5. Inability to Say “No” – So many times we are asked to do something that we don’t want to and instead of simply saying “no thank you,” we say “yes”! Why is that? It typically starts when we are young – we seek the approval of our parents, peers, and adults so we become people pleasers. Over time we develop the inability to say “no”. By never saying no you could be causing yourself to be stressed, anxious, burned out, or worse. Of course do the things that make you happy or are fun, but set boundaries for saying “no” to the things that you can’t or don’t want to do.
6. Fear of failure – Have you ever allowed the fear of failure to stop you from chasing your dreams or taking a new job? I think to some level we are all afraid to fail or have felt that way at least once in our lifetime. But having the ability to push past the fear is imperative to growing and thriving. If you are making a decision based on your fear of failure, look at the worst-case scenario and determine if it is really as bad as you believe it to be. By facing our fears and pushing past them we grow personally, professionally, and emotionally. One of my favorite quotes about failure is:
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
7. Looking too far ahead – Sometimes living in the moment and focusing on what you can do today is important. Constantly worrying about the future and planning every step can be overwhelming and stressful. Planning for the future is important. However, it is equally important to understand that sometimes life happens and you can’t control every aspect of it. If you believe that you have to establish your future plan and worry about not staying on track you could be setting yourself up for constant disappointment. It’s ok to dream big, set goals, and plan your future but also live in the moment and embrace the journey.
8. Overthinking – If you tend to overthink the simplest of decisions or put off making a decision at all you could be creating more stress on yourself. By overthinking you are essentially wasting valuable time; time that you could use to do something more important like self-care. There is a happy medium where we should think about a decision but we must also be confident enough to make a decision and then stand by it.
I am guilty of doing most of these things and in turn creating mental burnout in myself. Being aware that you are in this cycle is the first step to breaking out of it. Continue to evaluate how you are feeling, how you view yourself, and how you look at your future. Mental clarity and self-awareness are imperative in continuing to grow and thrive as a person. Embrace who you are and find time to celebrate being YOU!
How do you overcome life’s obstacles and ensure that you aren’t mentally burned out?