Introvert’s Guide to Dealing with Burnout
I honestly believe that women are born project managers. We manage work and families, projects in office and projects at home, employees at work and children and family members at home, project deadlines at work, travel dates, craft submissions, sports events, dance classes, quiz and debate participation dates, parties and family gatherings. All this is nothing short of managing a big project. But what happens when you are burned out?
Burnouts are bound to happen to all of us. And so, it's important to invest in things and people that help us either avoid or deal with burnouts.
Some people find it easy to unwind at the end of the day. Honestly, I feel quite jealous of such people. Meet up with friends, dinner outside at a favorite restaurant, Friday night parties and their batteries are charged. But if you are an introvert like me, you too probably find these things more stressful, or they just don't work for you.
Here are some of the ways an introvert like me deals with burnouts:
Books (preferably fiction):
I feel there is something therapeutically about reading. Starting a new book and getting lost in it takes you away from your day-to-day grind. I'm sure a lot of you feel this way. It's not the same as watching TV, or Netflix or YouTube.
It's one of the most effective ways that I feel I can unwind at the end of the day not to forget all the benefits reading has for me as a writer. But even if you are not a writer, reading books from different genres can expand your mind and your imagination. I feel it's one of the best ways you can gift yourself some "me time" that we all crave.
Call me crazy but getting a new haircut or some meni- pedi makes a world of difference to my mood. There is nothing that comes close to giving me a boost of confidence than a good hair day (well maybe a good pair of shoes). Just like we maintain our homes or invest in a training program at work I feel a little investment in ourselves is just as important. So, next time when you need a little ‘pick me up’ don't forget to try this out.
A furry buddy:
There is nothing like coming home to a pet who is excited to see you every time you walk in the house. Their unconditional love and lack of judgment, no matter how bad your day has been, works like magic.
I was not an animal person until we brought home our family dog. She changed my heart. And now that she is not with us anymore I crave for her hugs.
But what if you are one of those who is not able to take care of a four-legged baby full time?
An alternative is to volunteer at an NGO/shelter for animals or offer your pet-owning friend to walk their dog or take care of them if they need.
Get that body moving:
It's not hidden that exercise helps us feel better so it is no surprise that I would mention it here. Taking a walk/run or joining the gym or a spin class or any form of exercise that suits you is a good place to invest. I am not a big fan of exercising but I can feel the difference in my mood on a day I have not gone for my walk.
Attend a self-improvement workshop:
It's probably not easy for an introvert to express their emotions and feelings, it definitely is not easy for me. But we need the tools and skills to deal with our emotions. And a life coaching class/workshop is a good thing to invest.
My first such workshop changed me forever, and I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes.
So, there you have it, my top five ways for dealing with burnout for the introvert in you.
A while back I wrote an article on how to deal with anxiety and stress. It holds true in situations of burnout as well.