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Burnout – what can I do?

Oasis has worked with people and organisations since our group of practitioners first gathered in the late 80s, and throughout that time we’ve been focused on bringing a relational approach rather than a transactional one. Perhaps that’s why so many people have felt able to talk to us about difficult feelings and what they’re struggling with.

Burnout and the feelings and thoughts that often indicate burnout, can feel deeply shameful and with a sense of loneliness. Admitting to others that we are not all that we want to appear can be very hard, and perhaps even harder to acknowledge to ourselves that we are not who we think we are.

Over the years we have been privileged to hear people to describe not only how they are, but what has helped them. In this blog we share some of the activities that have made a difference.

Reflection: Take time to reflect on your experiences, identifying stressors and exploring potential solutions to address them.

Appreciative Diary and Writing: Keep a journal highlighting positive aspects of your day, fostering gratitude and shifting focus from stressors. Just put a pen or pencil to paper, fingers to a keyboard and write about where you are, what you are thinking, feeling, not feeling, not thinking – just put it out.

Reading it out: Read or listen to books, articles, podcasts – so often it helps to read about, or hear, what you are experiencing and take hints, possibilities and ideas from others (just as you are doing here!). Sometimes the right phrase or insight makes all the difference. The act of expressing where you are and what your world feels like can be very potent – it doesn’t need to be writing – try drawing, use colours or not, try plasticine or anything that helps express what is on the inside – on the outside.

Seeking help: Share your feelings with someone you trust or even with yourself; just talking can provide clarity and relief. Don’t hesitate to seek support from friends, family, or professionals; sharing burdens can alleviate stress.

Movement: Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine to release endorphins and reduce stress. Just a 15 minute walk can be a step in a different direction.

Extending kindness: Practice kindness toward yourself and others, creating a positive environment that counters burnout.

Reframing to a personal journey: View challenges as part of your unique journey, emphasising growth and learning.

Accessing Therapy: Professional guidance can provide valuable coping strategies and support tailored to your needs.

A core ‘no’: Learn to decline commitments when necessary, prioritising self-care and setting boundaries.

Saying ‘yes’: Embrace opportunities aligned with your passions, bringing fulfilment and breaking the monotony of burnout.

Meditation: Incorporate mindfulness practices into your routine, promoting relaxation and a calm mental state.

Remember, you are not alone. It is not shameful to need help or not be strong. It is ok to ask for help.