Making a Plan to Prevent Mental Burnout in the New Year

  • Posted at Nov 27, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Making a Plan to Prevent Mental Burnout in the New Year

Mental burnout can happen to anyone. It’s a mental health crisis that is stimulated by being overworked and overstressed. But, while it’s something that can happen to anyone, it’s also something that should be addressed. That’s because it can lead to other mental health issues and also can be detrimental to people who may already be diagnosed with mental health issues. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to prevent mental burnout in order to protect your mental health.

Understanding More About What Mental Burnout Is

Mental burnout is a mental health state in which you feel that you simply can not do anymore. During a mental burnout, you may feel that it’s incredibly difficult to do any tasks and you may feel like you don’t have any motivation or even time to get anything accomplished. As time goes on, mental burnout may not get any better but actually worsens. Thus, leading to further issues including losing sleep, depressive symptoms, and more.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • exhaustion and fatigue
  • feeling unmotivated
  • inability to complete tasks
  • procrastination
  • trouble focusing
  • high levels of stress

Essentially, mental burnout is the result of experiencing high levels of stress for a long period of time. While it was first termed for use in professionals in the medical industry, it is now deemed something that people of all professions can experience. Mental burnout is not something that is diagnosable and isn’t listed in the DSM-5, but it is real and something that can negatively affect both mental and physical health.

How to Prevent Mental Burnout in the New Year

Fortunately, if you are prone to mental burnout, there are a few things that you can do to work to prevent it. Essentially, because it is the result of long-term stress, the most important thing you can do to work to prevent it is to manage stress. Some things that you can do to manage stress and prevent burnout may include:

Get More Exercise: Exercise is a great way to reduce stress as it can help to release endorphins that are responsible for managing moods including stress. So, one thing that you can do is get more exercise into your daily routine. Set up a schedule that includes exercises that you can do on a daily basis like walking, hiking, or riding your bike.

Get More Sleep: Sleep management is crucial to stress management. So, a great way to better manage stress and prevent mental burnout is to get more sleep. Some things you can do to get better sleep may include making your bedroom more comfortable, only getting into the bed when you’re ready to sleep, keeping away from screens before bed, and staying away from caffeine before bed.

Get Help When You Need It: If you find yourself struggling and no matter what you do, nothing seems to help, it may be time to reach out for professional help. Mental health professionals can give you the tools and resources needed to better understand how to manage stress in your own life. Resources like therapy and medications may be available to help you better eliminate stress to prevent burnout in the future.

Get Help for Managing Burnout From Yellowbrick

Yellowbrick helps emerging adults who are struggling with stress due to emerging into adulthood. If you are finding it difficult to manage stress and are living with mental burnout, our outpatient services can help. Find out more about the services available at our mental health treatment clinic on our website.

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