How to Recover From Burnout: 8 Tips for Getting Back on Track

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, SELF CARE / Friday, August 31st, 2018

Okay, I wanna talk about Burnout.

Burnout is very real and can take a mega toll on your productivity, motivation, and overall happiness.

We have all been there. You have so much on your to do list that you don’t know where to start, so you don’t. You procrastinate instead because you feel overwhelmed, and it’s easier to binge watch some Netflix instead of actually doing anything productive.

Don’t worry, you are definitely not alone in feeling this way!

We are all so busy! It is hard to get caught up in life and always be go, go, go. How does anyone maintain a job, a relationship, friends, exercise, healthy eating, self-care, kids, etc. etc. Everyone has a full plate, made up of what is important to them. And sometimes, we simply take too much food and our plate is overflowing. When our plate gets too full, we start to push aside certain aspects of our life, like self-care, or time for yourself. They always seem to be the first to go right?

Well, when we get rid of that down time or time for ourselves, that is when burnout seems to appear.

I have been totally guilty of this, and it has been especially bad since becoming a mom. Every moment of baby-free time I have, I am blogging,or cleaning, or preparing dinner. But, sometimes I spend a whole hour getting nothing accomplished because I am trying to do a million things at once. I feel like I just don’t have enough hours in a day to be a good mom, a good partner, work on my business, work at my day job, eat well, have some me time, shower, exercise, have a clean house?! How do people do all of those things and not feel completely exhausted by the end of the day?

So what is usually the first thing to go? Exercise, eating well, down time, self-care. I can’t stop being a mom, I can’t neglect my partner, but for some reason I think it is okay to neglect myself? That doesn’t sounds right? And that is exactly the mindset that causes you to feel completely burnt out.

So today I want to talk about the steps I take to avoid or overcome burnout and let go of the idea that you have to do it all!


How to Recover From Burnout: 8 Simple Tips for Getting Back on Track

How to Recover from Burnout: 8 Tips for Getting Back on Track in Your Life

1 | Plan, Strategize, and Schedule

So so important for staying on track and avoiding overwhelm. Planning out your months and weeks are a great way to stay on track, and figuring out what you want to accomplish and what is a priority.

Creating long-term schedules to help you see the big picture and allow you to break down tasks, goals, etc. will really help you out and feel less overwhelmed.

Lastly, scheduling tasks will keep you accountable and consistent. Schedule a certain day per week to accomplish specific tasks (Sunday – Meal Plan or Prep , Wednesday – 1 hour of YOU time, Friday – Date night with your partner,  etc.)

A great way to get better at time management is by using a planner! Here are some great picks:

2 | Block Out Time For Specific Tasks

Similar to scheduling your time, time blocking for specific tasks is a great strategy. What I started doing to help stay focused on one task at a time, is blocking out chunks of time for each task. For example, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am on Monday’s I focus on writing blog content. From 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Sundays  I focus on cleaning one or two areas of my house.

I actually wrote a whole blog post about time blocking and why it is awesome. Click here to give it a read!

3 | Avoid the Technology Black Hole

You know what I am talking about, Pinterest, Facebook, Netflix, Online Shopping. The things that suck you in and then the next thing you know it’s been an hour.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes this is exactly the “me time” I need. But, if we are doing this multiple times a day and then stressing because we do not have enough time in our lives to accomplish everything, then we need to re-evaluate.

Take a day and actually pay attention to the amount of time you spend on your phone or watching TV. You will be AMAZED.

Now that you are aware, see if you can limit that time a bit and use that time in other, more valuable places.

4 | Take Breaks & Time for Yourself

Sometimes when you are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out the best thing is just take a break and relax. Even if your to-do list seems like it is never-ending. If you take time to recharge, you can come back to it refreshed and motivated, rather than trying to tackle your to-do list unmotivated and exhausted.

5 | Just Start

One of the biggest side effects of burn out for me is procrastination. When I feel burnt out the first thing I do is start making excuses to avoid tackling my to-do list. But, usually if I can just make myself start one easy task on my list, I fall right back into things and am able to be a bit more productive. Sometimes just making yourself start something is all it takes.

If I am really burnt out though, I let myself procrastinate a bit. If you start your task and you’re still not able to get into it and focus, then maybe try to relax and recharge, and then come back to it later and try again.

6 | Make a List of Accomplishments

Sometimes my burnout stems from feeling defeated or like I am not succeeding. That negative mindset can be hard to shake. It can be a downward spiral if you let yourself get caught up in self-doubt and negativity. When I feel this happening to me, a trick I use is to create a list of all the accomplishments or wins I have had so far.

For example, if I am feeling negative about my blogs overall success so far, I write down and review all my areas of blogging wins and accomplishments.

I was feeling very defeated recently because KendraBLOGS (my other blog)was  just is not bringing in the traffic stats that I would like it to be bringing in at this point. I am doing all of the things I am supposed to be doing, following the same steps that I followed to grow this blog to 20,000 + pageviews per month, but not seeing the same results. It is frustrating. BUT then I reviewed my stats. I realized that kendraBLOGS is not even 5 months old yet and has already gained almost 500 email subscribers and earned me over $700 in blog income despite not having a ton of traffic. PLUS I created a free course for aspiring bloggers and I am getting emails from the students telling me how much they appreciate the course, and that reminds me why I started that blog in the first place.  By reviewing my accomplishments, I was able to reset my mindset and remember that this won’t be an overnight success, but that I am also doing great and definitely on the right track.

7 | Remember the Big Picture + Your WHY

This one is important. Never lose sight of WHY you started or what your BIG picture is. When I feel uninspired or burnt out, one thing that lights a fire under my ass is remembering WHY I want something. I love blogging, it is one of my biggest passions, but there is more to it than that. I started blogging before my daughter was born and it was always more for enjoyment than anything else. But, once she came into my life I started to take it more seriously and focus on turning my passion into a profitable business. I realized I could stay home with her and still contribute financially if I was able to achieve that goal. I was able to turn my passion into a Side profit, but my BIG picture is to turn it into a full-time job. My WHY now centers around staying home with my daughter, having flexibility to be a mom and enjoy my family, but still having a fulfilling career that I love. When I am feeling defeated or burnt out, remembering my WHY usually snaps me back into hustle mode.

This can apply to all goals! Fitness goals, education goals, career goals, etc.

Always remember WHY you are working so hard to achieve whatever your goal is.

8 | Ask For Help

Sometimes we find it hard to ask for help, or at least I do! But honestly, sometimes it is simply that easy. I know there are things my partner can take of my plate, and he happily will, all I have to do is ask. But, I tend to hate asking for help, and feeling guilty I can’t do it all. It is silly and irrational, but it’s true. So ask for help or support where you can. The people in your life who love you will be happy to help. You are not a burden for asking, and you are not any less amazing for needing help.

So, there you have it! I hope these tips help you overcome burnout and get back on track. The biggest take away from this should be that you need to take care of yourself and make the time for self-care. Ask for help when you need it, take breaks, and work on good time management skills! incorporating these simple things in your life should assist with avoiding burnout!

Let me know your favorite ways to overcome or avoid burnout by leaving a comment below!



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16 Replies to “How to Recover From Burnout: 8 Tips for Getting Back on Track”

  1. Just came across this post on Pinterest and found it very helpful. I really liked that you addressed time blocking and taking time for yourself. I recently (last 2 months) started doing both and it has totally changed my wellbeing. We use Alexa to remind us of so many things- like for example, we have a Great Tea Break set up every day. When your mind is so full of other thoughts it is hard to focus on taking a little “me time” each day. This forces us to do that.

    Thank you!

  2. I start looking for information that help me to bring out my plan. It is so easy to walk away of what really, really matters
    Thank you for the great tips

    1. “You are not a burden for asking, and you are not any less amazing for needing help.“ your blog spoke to me and reminded me a lot of things. It’s really hard to have a pit stop in the midst of a lot of things going on but we have to. thanks for sharing this.

    2. I am blown away by this post. This is very informative and helpful. I was feeling to depressed and hopeless. Also the way you shared your life events made me feel connected to you.

  3. Okay, this is a pretty old article, but still… Great article with tons of solid advice! I enjoyed reading it and I think it’s always good to be reminded to slow down and keep an eye on your wellbeing 🙂

    There’s just one thing: I see a lot of bloggers (definitely not just you! It’s everywhere) using the word ‘burnout’ as a way of saying ‘very stressed/exhausted’ or something like it. That makes sense since you do literally feel burnt out when you’ve had a lot on your plate without taking some time for yourself… but burn-out is actually a very real thing. I don’t mean that in the sense that you did in your first paragraph (which was good though and I agree that overexhaustion is a very real thing!), but as a clinical disorder (albeit not included as an official DSM-diagnosis anymore), where we’ve definitely -not- all been. I’m currently dealing with such a clinical burn-out and it’s much more than feeling tired and stressed, and it takes a lot of time and effort (and definitely much more than just taking some time out) to recover from it.

    I’m not saying this because I feel personally victimized by people’s choice of words or whatever (I don’t), but because clinical burn-out is already not taken very seriously by a lot of people, or just not understood, and ‘inflating/deflating’ (I don’t know which, I never know the difference! Oops) the word really doesn’t help people to understand how serious a problem it is. For example, here in the Netherlands people often respond saying ‘just take some time out to recharge’ (or something), rather than to treat it as the disorder that it is, and there’s actually this whole thing going on with a lot of people thinking that burn-out is a trend or hype or whatever since there’s such an increase in the numbers. That -does- kind of hurt when you’re frequently sitting at home (for months!) crying because of lack of energy or not remembering how to do dishes, and really not doing that just to get attention. 😉

    In short, sorry to pick your blog out of all of those out there to bring attention to this issue, but I figured it was time, haha!

    1. Hi Willemijn,

      Thanks so much for pointing this out. As you mentioned, it is a lack of understanding on my part for sure, as I truly had no idea this was considered a clinical disorder. I am always open to learning so thank you for sharing that knowledge with me!

      However, I do feel “burn-out” defienetly resonates with people more often as the way I am referring to it in my post, and that is why this is my most popular post to date. Many people are feeling the way I describe in my post, and unfortunetly, the phrase that most people associate with that feeling is burn-out. It obviously is not to the extent that you talk about in your comment, and I truly don’t mean to dismiss your condition or down play it by any means. That is defiently not my intention with this post. I am sorry that you are dealing with that and that more people are not as understanding or even knowledgeable about the burn-out being a very real disorder.

      Are you a blogger? If so I think this would be a great topic to write a post about. I bet a lot of people would be able to relate to you and your story and also the feelings of frustration around lack of understanding of what Burn Out REALLY means.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience, and thanks for reading!


      1. Thanks for your response! I definitely agree that a lot more people will recognize the feelings you described here, and the words ‘burnt out’ do capture that feeling very well 🙂 Absolutely no hard feelings on my part; I’m just here to spread the knowledge, haha!
        I don’t have a blog (currently, that is… abandoned so many 🙈), but I have actually been thinking about flexing that writing muscle and writing about burn-out to increase understanding!

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