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Holistic Approaches to Prevent Burnout: A Busy Girl's Guide

Feb 02, 2024

In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, juggling career, family, and personal aspirations can sometimes feel like a never-ending marathon. For busy women navigating through these demands, the risk of burnout can be all too real. In this blog, we'll explore practical tips that can guide you on a holistic journey towards preventing burnout and nurturing your overall well-being.

INCLUDE MOMENTS OF SELF CARE

Begin by acknowledging the importance of self-care. Make sure to include intentional moments for yourself throughout your day. It could be a quiet cup of Moon Mylk, a short walk, or time to do your hobby. Mindfulness is also beneficial, whether it's meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindful walks, these practices can help alleviate stress and give you a sense of calm. Even if it is only a short amount of time (5-10 minutes) having these seemingly small moments can work wonders for revitalising your energy, and helping to prevent burnout.  

ESTABLISH WORK/LIFE BOUNDARIES

Learn to say 'no' when necessary and set boundaries that protect your time and energy. It's okay to prioritise your well-being and avoid overcommitting, especially if it involves extra work hours or overtime. Creating a balance between your home and work life is crucial, because overworking can easily lead to burnout before you have the chance to realise. 

DON'T SKIMP ON A HEALTHY DIET

A well-nourished body is better equipped to handle stress. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins in your diet. Consider supplements where necessary, to help fill the gaps of what you might be missing. On the days where you are low on options and considering skipping a meal, Naked Harvest's Busy Gal all-in-one shake can give you an energy top up with balanced macronutrients and added vitamins and minerals. 

PRIORITISE QUALITY SLEEP

Ensure you're getting adequate and restful sleep. Create a bedtime routine, increase your sleep time by going to bed earlier, swap screen time for a good book before bed, and make your sleep environment comfortable, cool and dark. Quality sleep ensures you wake feeling refreshed, and prevents burnout and the feeling of running on empty. 

SEEK EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Emotional support is a powerful tool to avoid burnout, as surrounding yourself with positive and meaningful relationships can help you de-stress and fill your cup. Seek meaningful connections with friends, family, an online community or a face-to-face support group. Sharing your challenges can help by knowing that you don't have to navigate this journey alone. If feelings of burnout persist, consider reaching out to a healthcare professional or psychologist who can provide personalised guidance and coping strategies suited to your individual needs.

STAY ACTIVE IN A WAY YOU ENJOY

Find joy in physical activity. Whether it's a dance class, yoga, or a brisk walk in nature, incorporating enjoyable exercises into your routine can boost your mood, increase energy levels, and reduce stress. If you are participating in an exercise routine, ensure you give yourself lots of time to recover, refuel with nutrition and avoid overdoing it, as over-exercising can also contribute to feelings of burnout and places extra stress on the body. 

Preventing burnout needs a holistic approach and takes some commitment to self care. By incorporating these practical tips, you're taking proactive steps to avoiding burnout and allowing your health to thrive alongside your career.

By Breeanna Betar

Breeanna is a degree qualified Clinical Nutritionist specialising in women’s health. In her private clinic, she works one on one with women to help them achieve their health goals. Bree possesses a profound understanding of women’s health needs and is committed to sharing her knowledge with the Naked Harvest community, and is proud to be involved in Naked Harvest’s mission of revolutionising the active supplement industry.