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Try to Avoid Burnout from Routine Stress

Updated on July 27, 2012

Talking about stress is important because it's part of every lifestyle and how people handle it is integral to total health and beauty.

Medical Webster defines burnout as a form or fatigue that occurs when you become exhausted from prolonged exposure to a stressful situation. By exercising discipline in the mind and practicing other-than-routine situations in a calm and orderly manner, such behavior is known as coping.

Your stress style may be hazardous to your health. If you're burning out, here are four sure ways to avoid burnout.

Stop, Ask and Think

Where can I cut back? Why am I doing too much? How can I put more fun in my life?

Adding excitement to life will snap you out of a rut faster. Every idea that gives the feeling of being recharged is an effective strategy. Get out there and get moving, ride a bike, take a long walk or walk your dog. If you prefer the indoors then do the garden, cook something decadent or clean your wardrobe.

Act. Be willing to take risk and make change,or at least some part of it, no matter how small. Socialize. Volunteer. Visit the elderly, help in your local community, or join the church choir. If these things are not for you then spend some time with friends and treat yourself with all the laughing you'll do. Have you tried getting involved with your kid's activities? Did you know that children have very special warmth that will relax and mesmerize you?

Small but positive ways help you feel empowered. Soon, the stress will lessen.

Conserve Life Energy


Conserving energy in the home provides a more natural and efficient ways of living that reduces stress. The effects of this in daily life show increased creativity and concentration. When the energy flow is strong, it’s hard to block mentally and give up.

Save life energy. Overeating or not eating, long hours in front of the tv or not sleeping, compulsive complaining, and rushing, are among the things that slowly rob or drain us of our energy reserves. Adapting good habits preserves energy and free ourselves of habits that waste it. Giving the mind some space for quiet time each day means that you try to let go of mental tension and worries.

This attitude relaxes and increases awareness in certain areas of the body, which is vital for the harmonic unity between body, mind and energy.

Redefine Goals

Focus on the really enriching, satisfying aspects of any task you have to undertake. Never be afraid to ask yourself, "What's in this for me?"

Trying to be objective will help you step back and look at your life situation as if it were someone else's. Listen to your body then assess your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest -- you need a clear picture of what you are working with and how you want things to be. Positive approach is always an effective way to deal with all situations.

Above all, be realistic. Don't expect too much of yourself, don't expect always to be right -- you will never be perfect. The important thing is you set attainable goals.

Get Help


Admit that you need assistance. Delegate as much work as possible. Doing it all yourself may seem simpler in the short run, but you're sure to exhaust yourself in the long run. When in a hard situation, try not holding all your feelings within, talk to family, friends or colleagues. Talking about it helps alleviate some of the tension you may be feeling.

Why not invite Mom and Dad to spend a day or the weekend with you? It's your chance for some quality time together. This for me is the best, the sweetest and our best gesture to make Mom and Dad happiest.

Learning to harness the power of positive thinking brings you power. If mental state can make you sick it can also make you well. Where it is healthy and positive, the real self bursts through like the sun and dominates the personality.


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      3 years ago

      Wow, that's a really clever way of thkiinng about it!

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Lastheart - I was inspired by your comment, thank you. Glad I have encouraged you. If I did something worthwhile, you too can even have more than that. I see yours as full of love and GOD. We're lucky! Thanks for the wishes. All the best to you and Froggy too. Thanks so much.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Tonipet, your words are wonderful, I wish sometimes I just could flow with these kind of encouragements. Blessings my friend.

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      So nice of you share that course Debra, many of us would love to know remedies and techniques for stress relief. That's if we truly care for our body and mind. Thanks so much for reading. It feels good to have helped. I'm definitely visiting that link. Keep up and all the best.

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      6 years ago

      What an informative hub ! I will come back regularly for your great tips ! I was always stress out all the time dealing my kids, work and a demanding husband that i eventually became burnt out. To overcome the burnt out syndrome i started to look for information on stress relief remedies and techniques. One of the best techniques i found about two months ago is Music and Sound Therapy from a website called Soothing Stress Relief Sounds Course and sign up to learn more. I ended up getting a copy of the course. I am have to say that this course is amazing!! I know now what steps i can take to relax each day so i don't get overwhelmed by stress. I would recommend this course to anyone who is suffering from stress !

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Rachel. That moment you felt better from the helpful read, it had boost you tons of positive energy. Pretty small things that we don't usually bother appreciating, but the biggest help our heart and mind would always thank us for. Your comment made me happy, thank you for sharing. Best of health and tons of smiles! :=)

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      Rachel Koski 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota

      Wow this was really good reading, and very helpful to me right now. Like others I'm sure, I know burnout all too well. Voted up and useful, AND it made me feel better :)

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      @Larry – I’m sorry. Truly our world is full of different concerns. I wish you have friends who will not give up on you especially when things go really hard. Nothing else is best than wishing you and your wife courage :=) Surely you’ll keep gaining all the love in spite of challenges. We’re here as friends. GOD listens, HE heals…HE finds a way. With HIM, tomorrow and the rest can be better. Best regards to you all Larry and more power!

      @kj_force –What you said taught me something new “I have always taught my patients to find their "happy place" and when you feel overwhelmed your imagination can take you there.” Indeed, beautiful things are beautiful; surely your G-children have seen that. I wish to learn yoga, but so far I find content with meditation. Thank you for the very inspiring comment. More power!

      @Mhatter99 – I love this hub, I made the king of limerick talk!… just kidding. Had you chosen to do nothing and go to sleep, you would have not realized how worth you are of such challenge. The “stress” you liked? was with the execs… having them lit cigarette and smoke around their tree was like “This tall? Stolen?... ah, I must only be dreaming.” :=) I want to think this is a limerick? Thank you for making my day, like always. I really appreciate your visit.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I liked the stress. I'm not saying it was healthy (but I didn't get ill for years). an example of just one of my days: I got a call in the middle of the night, someone had stolen the exec's 30 foot Christmas tree! I could have been average and did nothing. but I took the challenge and stress. At 7:30 a.m. the execs passed me smoking a cigarette in front of their tree.

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      6 years ago from Florida

      Tonipet..excellent hub on the evils of stress...the side effects of stress can be devastating and can lead to various health issues..I have always taught my patients to find their "happy place" and when you feel overwhelmed your imagination can take you there..I have taught this to my G-children and it has helped them immensely to overcome a bad situation..Yoga/Tai Chi/meditation is great did a great job with this hub.. informative..

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      Larry Wall 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for your kind words. My son has brain damage from a car wreck where he was a passenger. His age is 28 but he will always be 17. He also has other issues that probably will not get better. So some days are more challenging than others. This was one of those days. Tomorrow will be better. Thanks for listening.

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Oh Larry, your life is full of challenges and I can understand how everything in your system has to be exerted to fight for the sort of life plights. Not one of us here would have not done the same when on your shoe, what are we in this world for if but to save our days, to live, to eat and get life. You may have been all through those downs, but one thing made you a great person – you know how to love. Should you have thrown away that “word” long time ago, you would’ve have not bothered. I could only imagine the stress from figuring out how to manage the SS payments, how you have to make most of your wife's small retirement, and your 401K, with a sickly adult son. You’re a strong man Larry. You should know that.

      I’m so thankful you have realized the best way to help gather up your mind. Taking time for you when the world is in silence also puts quietness in your mind and heart. I feel joy that at least you can sit and try to empty your mind. I think this is the best thing – “When I go to bed, is when, without any couscous action on my part, is when I start planning the next day.” I can say because you have allowed your body to pool the energy it needs for some sound thinking.

      I wish your son gets even a little better. There are alternative ways to healing which might help. Sometimes, the most little things we ignore come out to be the best solutions, it pays to try. My good wishes for you, your wife and your son. The three of you is enough to tell the world, you have a life. For your will and determination, cheers to that my friend. Thanks so much for sharing. If only you know how much you have lifted the hearts of some of us for such effort and perseverance. Thanks for being a blessing. Keep up and God bless you always!

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      Larry Wall 

      6 years ago


      This is a good hub with some good points for many people. Some people create stress when they should not be doing so. Other of us face stress through no fault of our own. I was fired, with no cause stated, after working 22 years. I am 61. Finding a job is unlikely. Figuring out how I will manage the Social Security Payments, my wife's small retirement payment and the utilization of my 401K in a way that will give me the longest return are stressful issues, especially with the economy. I cannot set those issues aside. To get unemployment, I have to make three contacts each week with potential employers and report that to the state every Sunday via an online form. I have an adult son, who has several health problems, and will probably be living at home the rest of my life. There are other issues and I am by nature high strung. I have been to a therapist, but the insurance I have now, after losing my job, will not pay for that.

      I deal with stress by taking time to myself late at night. I do not read a book or watch a movie. I just sit and try to empty my mind. When I go to bed, is when, without any couscous action on my part, is when I start planning the next day.


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