Refuelling Your Passion When Feeling Burned Out

By Wild Ginger

Refuelling Your Passion When Feeling Burned Out

June 22nd, 2021 at 8:44 am

Working from home has burned us out by blurring the boundaries between our work and personal life. We may be working from the comfort of our homes, saving time and money on dressing professionally, commuting and eating out, but many of us have found ourselves busier and more exhausted than ever. With work hours being stretched further, and adding to the stress of the pandemic, it can cause physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism towards one’s job, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment. According to WHO, these are the three main dimensions of occupational burnout.

 

What’s the difference between being exhausted and being burned out? 

When you’re burned out, you’re either mentally, physically and / or emotionally exhausted. This inescapable fatigue may be accompanied by a range of mental and physical health symptoms, such as a weakened immune system, concentration difficulty and irritability. Other common signs of burnout are a loss of passion, a pessimistic mindset, and detachment from work, relationships and / or oneself.

 

It’s hard to stay passionate when you’re burned out. Although passion is energy, that boost comes from enthusiasm or excitement, which can be difficult to achieve when you’re feeling unmotivated and uninspired. To refuel your physical energy, start by getting better sleep and setting rest goals, as well as nourishing your body with the food and physical activities that make you feel good. When it comes to your mental energy, here’s how you can recover from burnout and reignite your passion:

 

Figure Out Your Current Situation

Sit down and have an honest conversation with yourself. By acknowledging your present situation, you’ll be able to understand your feelings more clearly and address the problem of burnout better. Start tracking your mood to see what energises or drains you – this will help you identify the activities that you should limit and avoid.

 

Find Your Fuel

After tracking your mood, focus on the activities that energise you. It could be baking and decorating desserts, getting some fresh air by painting outdoors, or even playing thrilling video games – we all have our own ways of refuelling our energy, make sure it’s what works best for you. If you have been feeling depleted because of a lack of boundaries, start by setting healthy boundaries at work that will give you time to unplug and connect with your loved ones. Do whatever you need to do to replenish your energy and recover from burnout.

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