How to Prevent Career Burnout

Burnout. It can happen to the best -- sometimes even to the most driven -- of us.  People experience it when they’re faced with chronic stressed and physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion towards their career. What’s dangerous about it is that the warning symptoms of burnout are pretty insidious and you usually don’t fully realize that you have it until it completely sets in.

Fortunately, there are a number of preventive measures that you can implement in order to stop burnout from happening. Below are some of the most recommended ones:

1. Learn to relax - Burnout happens to those that continuously push themselves to a point where they don’t take breaks and only think about work all the time. And while this may seem productive at first, doing this on a regular basis has detrimental effects on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

That’s why it’s extremely important that you learn to slow down and relax. Set times each day and week that are dedicated to rest and relaxation. Use that time to unplug (no checking email!) and spend time with your loved ones.

2. Exercise - Stimulate your body by getting into at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. This will allow you to really get your energy level up and keep you healthy at the same time.

3. Eat healthy - Speaking of being healthy, make it a point to eat better food for your body. Put more fruits and veggies in your diet and avoid fatty, oily, and carb-rich foods as these can slow you down and lower your productivity.

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