Self Care Tips for Emotional Burnout

I don’t know about you, but it sure feels to us like it's a never ending stream of bad news and challenging situations ATM, which each require a lot of emotional energy as they can be incredibly mentally exhausting and pretty consuming, especially on social media. We’ve pulled together some tips to help you navigate emotional burnout and provide you with some ways you can navigate these times to look after yourself and those around you. All opinions and feelings are valid and this is a safe space. 

  • Reduce screen time
  • Endless notifications, calls, emails and posts can wear you down quickly. Your phone or computer keeps your mind in a constant state of responsiveness. Taking a digital detox even for a few minutes will allow your mind to have a break. 

  • Review the accounts you follow
  • Take a look at the accounts you follow and how they make you feel, people's viewpoints will be different and it's important to work out what you can take on and what you can’t.

  • Ensure you are getting enough sleep
  • During times of added stress you may find it difficult to drift off, it might be effective for you to plan your bedtime roughly for the same time each night. Developing a sleep routine can help you relax and enable your brain and body to recharge. If you are going to bed later than you hope, try having a warm bath, practice self care rituals, write out what you are grateful for each day or knock off 10/20 minutes off the time you previously went to sleep.

  • Do things that make you feel like you are making a difference
  • When things feel overwhelming it is easy for you to feel like you can’t do anything however, just the littlest of things can make a difference. This could include putting something back into the community or donating your time or money to an organisation you support.

  • Spend time with your loved ones
  • Spend time with your friends and or family who you wish you saw more (if you can). Speaking face-to-face with someone is a great way to relieve stress.

  • Taking time everyday to do something that brings you personal joy
  • Go and do something purely for yourself, this could be going for a beautiful walk, visiting a free exhibition or reading a new book. Making that time for yourself is good for your mental health as it builds resilience as well as reducing stress and anxiety. 

    Date: 14 September 2022

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