In this article, you are going to learn my five emergency steps to administer self care for burnout:
- Get Support
Tell someone how you are feeling immediately so that you can get support to meet your basic needs. Ideally, this will be a friend or family member, or a coach or mentor that has your best interests at heart.
This is fundamental. If you don’t have insomnia, then get yourself straight off to bed at the earliest opportunity. As early as 6-7pm if you can, or even for a nap during the day. If you have kids, this is where step one can come in handy so that your support can watch them while you get rest, ideally at their house so that you aren’t woken by any frivolities!
If you are burnout and exhausted, there’s a good chance that you are also dehydrated. This is because when we are busy, one of the first things we forget to do is drink water properly. If you do feel like you are dehydrated, try adding a little salt or rehydration tablets if needed, and perhaps a splash of fruit juice for energy. Make up 2-3 litres and get it drunk. This step is important because dehydration really impacts our executive functioning.
Get some really nourishing food into you – chicken soup, fruit and vegetables, smoothies.
5. Support Your Body
A nice massage, a bubble bath with oils or yoga – something that supports your physical body and helps you to unwind.
These steps will help you to get to the point where you have enough executive functioning to be able to face what comes next.
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