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When your brain’s running on low fuel (and what to do about it!)

Ever felt like you’re running on fumes, just a step away from becoming a real-life zombie? Welcome to the not-so-exclusive club of burnout victims! Now, before you raise an eyebrow and go, “Isn’t that just being tired?” – let’s clear things up a bit.

What on Earth is burnout, anyway?

Burnout isn’t your garden-variety exhaustion. It’s the emotional, physical, and mental fatigue from prolonged and excessive stress. Think of it as your brain’s way of saying, “I’ve had enough! Give me a vacation!”

Spotting burnout: The warning Signs

When you feel like you are always tired sleep Is elusive. It’s like you’ve joined the cast of “The Walking Dead”. No matter how much sleep you get, it’s never enough.

When you have also turned into a pessimist. Everything looks bleak. Your favorite ice cream? Meh. That movie you were excited about? Overrated.

When you have frequent forgetfulness. If you walk into a room and forget why, or miss meetings because “Oops, it slipped my mind,” then, we have a problem.

If you find yourself getting easily angered, or every tiny thing feels like a personal attack, it’s not just being touchy. Your mind’s telling you something. Tasks that once brought joy now feel like climbing Mount Everest in flip-flops.

If it looks like burnout and feels like burnout… it’s probably burnout!

Before you spiral into an existential crisis, let’s chat about how to tackle this head-on!

Self-care! Self-care is not just bubble baths and spa days (though those sound heavenly right now). Do yourself a favor and set clear limits. It’s okay to say no. It’s okay to close your laptop at 5. It’s okay to want “me time.”

Also, another form of self-care is giving yourself a good laugh. They weren’t joking when they said laughter is the best medicine. It releases endorphins and reduces stress. So, binge on your favorite comedy show or go to a stand-up gig!

Rediscover hobbies and passions. Paint, dance, sing, write, or heck, even try knitting! Have some movement as well. No, we’re not asking you to join the Olympics. A simple stroll, some yoga, or just dancing like nobody’s watching can do wonders.

Also, mind your diet. Your gut is your second brain, remember? Fuel up with nourishing foods. However, if you want that occasional cookie, go for it! You also need to give your mind a rest. The virtual world can be draining. Sometimes, unplug from it all. Believe it or not, those memes will still be there tomorrow.

There’s strength in admitting you’re not okay. Whether it’s a friend, therapist, or supportive group, open up. Remember, it’s a sign of strength, not weakness.

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