3 Easy Ways to Recover from Burnout

I recently experienced burnout and wanted to share some things that helped me recover. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by long-term stress at work or home. It can lead to low productivity, poor health, absenteeism, and employee turnover.

3 ways to recover from burnout
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While it’s normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed during times of change in your career or personal life, if it goes on for too long you may be suffering from burnout. Here are three tips on what you can do to help recover from burnout:

  1. Take a mental health day.

If your burnout is so bad that you can’t even leave your house, take a mental health day. If it’s not so bad, but still makes it difficult for you to concentrate at work, take a mental health day. Take as many days off as you need if that feels right for you—and don’t feel guilty about taking them!

If staying at home all day sounds like torture and makes things worse rather than better (even though being around people who understand what burnout feels like sometimes helps), try going for a walk or seeing a movie instead.

2. Focus on whatever inspires you.

The next step is to focus on what inspires you. Focus on things that are important to you, things that inspire and energize you, doing things that make your heart sing. Do what brings joy into your life and do it with gusto! Go back to the old saying of “what gets measured gets done” – if something isn’t significant enough to be measured then there’s no reason to spend time on it.

And lastly, do something that makes your brain happy (and healthy). This one might sound obvious but it’s not always easy when we’re burnt out: pick up a new skill or learn something new; take up a hobby; try an entirely different line of work/career path altogether!

3. Cultivate a daily self-care practice that nourishes your mind, body, and soul.

Self-care is a practice that can be cultivated on any budget, but it’s essential to your well-being. It’s the opposite of self-neglect and self-abuse—it’s taking care of yourself instead of neglecting your needs or abusing yourself physically or emotionally. Self-care is an important part of being healthy, both mentally and physically:

  • Maintain a balanced diet
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Spend time with friends or family

Burnout is like a cold – you can’t avoid it forever. It’s something you will probably experience eventually, but there are things you can do to bounce back from burnout faster and keep it from causing long-term damage to your career.

Burnout is like a cold: it’s something most people will eventually experience. It’s not something to be embarrassed about or ashamed of — it’s just part of life and it happens to everyone, at some point.

But unlike getting a cold, burnout doesn’t have to last forever! In fact, if you prepare yourself for burnout before it happens (and even when you’re in the midst of it), then your recovery time will be much shorter than someone who hasn’t taken steps ahead of time to avoid stressors that can lead to burnout.

When I started my first job out of college after working as an intern for six months full-time during the summer between school years, I struggled with feeling overwhelmed by all of the things required of me every day at work—even though I loved my job! My struggle with burnout sent me into a downward spiral, but going on vacation during Christmas break—my favorite time of year—was just what I needed to get back my energy and enthusiasm for life.


There are no quick fixes for burnout. It’s important to remember that this is a process and there are many things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms and prevent them from returning. We hope these three tips have given you some ideas on how to recover from burnout so that when it does strike again (and it will), you’ll be prepared!