Work-Life Balance: How to avoid burnout

We all want more balance in our lives and we all get burnout. It’s one of those things that is unavoidable. Personally, I think it’s one of these things where you can’t avoid it, but more so lessen it.

I’m not going to sit here and lie to you by saying I have the perfect life. Like you, I wear a ton of hats. I am a cofounder, a marketer, a boyfriend, a brother, a friend, and so many more things.

I also have a lot of passions and a lot of things on my to do list. As I am taping this recording, I currently have about 15 things on my to-do list and these are things that I still have to accomplish by the end of today. 

I live a very high stress life, but I can say there is one thing I do do well, and that’s how I manage my stress.

I’d like to go over some of the essential things that I do to avoid stress and provide work life balance into my life. But first, we have to get to the core as to why you yourself feels burnout.

Anytime that I’ve ever felt burnout is because of my lack of organization and preparation for the week ahead of me.

It could be because of:

– No meals being planned for the week

– No knowing what to do during my work week

– Not allowing myself to have me time

– Not taking care of my mind

These among many other things are core factors, but what I think is even more prevalent to the cause of burnout is being too hard on yourself and beating yourself up.

Earlier on in my career, I absolutely did this. I told myself that I wasn’t worthy of a day off. I didn’t do the things I needed to, and now need to work extra long hours to make up for it. It’s this mindset of being myself own self up that has destroyed me in the past. Now, again, I’m not perfect and I still do do this, but it’s not at the same level.

So here are a few ways to provide more work life balance and hopefully lessen your burnout. Now, these are all things that I do myself and I hope you can apply them if you so choose to your own life

Work out

For me, working out has always been that saving grace. I love to sweat. I love to run. I workout a minimum of 5 days a week. I usually go pretty hard at the gym and change up my workouts often. I am currently using an app called FitBod which incredibly awesome. This isn’t an ad. I just like promoting well crafted services.

I primarily work out in the morning before my day starts. I did use to work out at night, but I found that it left me more tired and I then in turn slept in due to a lack of motivation to get up.

Morning workouts force me to work out before I head into work.

On the weekends, I usually do a form of cardio to make sure everything is functioning and working properly. 

I will be making a workout and diet episode soon, so stay tuned. But I do a lot of core exercises and specific weight training workouts to stay lean, build muscle, and help my full body.

Read

I must admit, I don’t do this often, but I usually do this at least once during the week, but primarily in the morning before the gym on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. I have a dedicated chair just for reading. That chair is another internal thing that I like having specific reasons for specific things.

Listen to music

Spotify is everything to me. I love love love music. Just listening to good music allows me to stay focused.

Morning routine

Right before bed, I usually drink a glass of water and wake up to another glass of water. I then do some light stretching before the gym, meditate, then hit the gym, eat my breakfast (which usually contains eggs, or oatmeal), shower, then to the office I go.

I take at least 1 full day off

Usually my days off are Saturday afternoons and early Sunday mornings. I usually take this time to explore the city and eat amazing foods. Usually try new bars, try different grapes that I am looking to explore.

I find peace in cooking and eating

I love cooking. I love shopping for food. I love learning about food. I have the diet of a 17th century body builder. Which is something I coined myself. 

I don’t eat meat often and when I do, it’s usually something that is prepared for me from a restaurant. I don’t cook meat in my house. When I do cook myself, it’s always vegetarian and at times vegan. This usually helps with clarity during the week and at weekends it’s a small cheat meal.

I get massages and do accupuncture

This is something that I just added into the mix. I used to get headaches from looking at a screen for too long. Then I did acupuncture and that pain is pretty much gone. Take care of your body at ALL costs. It feels great and you deserve it.

I play video games

I just bought my first PC. Currently building it out as we speak. I’ve been playing APEX for a few weeks now. Probably the best game ever. Or at the least, the most fun. I am also playing Kingdom Hearts 3. I’m also a huge fan of the classic games too, which I do play, but playing videos games is fun and I’ve always been a nerd for games.

What do you do to help you bring balance? I hope the things that I do, help you.