The second step is to identify the underlying reason for the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Have you been under unusual pressure lately? Is it likely to continue?
Has something shifted in your life that you’re not happy with?
Does your vision for the future still make sense?
Have your needs and desires changed over time?
The third step is to take prompt and decisive action.
You have to take a break from the stressful elements of your life and keep your mind off them – especially in your working environment.
No matter how much you feel you need to work, rest is non-negotiable.
Not just physical rest where you take a nap, but also by doing the things you enjoy.
You can rest by taking a walk, playing with your kids, having a picnic with your spouse, or participating in your choice of sport or physical activity (like cycling or going to gym).
If you do this whenever you feel any of the symptoms of burnout, you’ll stop the progression of it and reinvigorate your mindset.
Then, in the fourth and last step, you need to create room in your schedule for these activities for the future.
Don’t wait until the next time you feel burnt out. Release the pressure before it builds up by planning these fun and restorative activities into your week.
You shouldn’t leave them to chance. If you don’t plan for them, they will only happen when you’re already highly stressed.
The same way you plan for your work or exercise routine, you should plan your rest.