We all know someone who has hit burnout before. Maybe it was you. American society values high work ethic and for that reason, almost 20% of adults report they have unmanageable stress and have problems unwinding on the weekends. Burnout is when we reach exhaustion due to prolonged stress. It’s imperative for our health that we take some time to recharge our batteries. After five or more decades of going non-stop it’s time to give those batteries a break. Here are some easy ways for seniors to unwind and recharge.
- Tech detox
The blue light in our technological advances is actually causing stress on our eyes. Can you say hello headaches? Try to minimize the amount of time on your phone, computer and television. Give your eyes a break. Plus, the constant stimulation isn’t healthy for us. The constant use of technology reduces our ability to focus. Start detoxing today. Your body will thank you.
- Go out with friends
Spending some unplugged time with friends can be a great cure for drained batteries.
- Get out in nature
We know it’s getting colder out but spending time outdoors is a great way to recharge. After spending time with artificial lights it’s nice to get some sunshine on your face. Connecting with nature is often listed as a great stress reliever so go for a walk, join an outdoor club team or just sit outside with a good book.
When we hit burnout, it’s because we’ve been internalizing a ton of stress. We’ve had our mind focused on ourselves and what we have going on. Take a step outside of yourself and put the focus on someone else. Visiting your local animal shelter or heading down to Philadelphia to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House will serve you well. When we’re in service to others, we naturally feel great.
I know, cleaning doesn’t sound like fun but I promise it makes a difference. Clean out your closet. Get rid of things you no longer need or fit. Cleaning up your space and keeping it tidy will actually reduce stress and you’ll feel great getting rid of the things that you no longer need.
- Take a mental health day
A few years ago, an employee took a mental health day and the employer commended them on knowing they needed one and it took over social media. It seemed like such a radical idea to acknowledge the need for a break. Sometimes we get nervous asking for a mental health day because of how we fear others will perceive it. Taking a mental health day not only benefits you but those around you. Don’t be afraid to ask for one.
It’s better to be proactive than reactive. Take care of yourself today and you’ll thank yourself later.