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It’s great to be busy and feel like you’re accomplishing things. You can have energy when you’re busy, but when you fill your life with too many responsibilities, you’re more likely to feel overwhelmed, burnt out, and with too few energy reserves.

Sometimes, you like to keep busy as a way to distract yourself from problems you wish to avoid. It’s a sign of the times when you juggle family, work, and leisure time, but avoidance of problems by keeping yourself busy is not healthy in the long run. Problems do catch up with you.

The other kind of burnout is when it’s just a part of your lifestyle and particular habits have become ingrained in your mind. Life is about technology which means it’s hard to switch off and put our feet up. It’s hard to say ‘no’ to things when you’re at home because social media, emails, and mobile phones make you available after hours. This busy and overwhelming lifestyle comes at a significant health cost; our mental and physical well-being.

There are ways to change habits that make you rush all day without stopping to smell the roses. You need to simplify your life and create new habits.

Strategies to Manage Overload

  • Be like an athlete where you work or train hard but give yourself time to recover. You need a break before getting back to focus on the task at hand.
  • Work on one thing at a time – Multi-tasking can reduce the quality of a task because you’re not focused on the one thing. Your mind is distracted by other tasks. There are times you might not have a choice, but don’t make it a habit.
  • Give yourself time to be reflective and introspective. Doing this may give you the opportunity to problem-solve.
  • Be open to change and stay flexible.
  • Work at being a better listener.
  • Focus on what gives your meaning or purpose in life, and take action to accomplish that.
  • Be grateful for what you have rather than what you’d like to have.
  • Keep focusing on the question, “What’s important to me?”
  • Spend time in nature.
  • Have less clutter in your life.
Don’t take my word for it. Apply the strategies above and be aware of burnout and overwhelm. Your health is worth it.