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What do you do when you’re burned out?!

Whether you are burned out at your job, your date life, or your workout routine, what do you do? You can’t stop going to work. You can’t lose your job. You can’t give up on finding a mate. You can’t stop working out, get fat, and hate yourself. How do we manage any of these activities when we just can’t deal anymore?

Work: Take a mental health day. I’ve done it at my job and even a day to myself really makes a difference. You don’t have to be mentally ill to take a mental health day. Anyone can take one. We all need our sanity.

Play: Often times when we start dating we can become overwhelmed, especially when you go online and have a bunch of hits from guys, or girls, and it becomes to be too much. Some of us get addicted to our webpages; changing our photos, our profiles, anything and everything to give us more options. That is going to burn you out so, take a break every once and awhile and see where the dust settle.

Gym: Working out is crucial for our physical and mental health, but, the same routine every time is going to blow up in your face. It’s important to change things up. I’ve been a runner for most of my life and took a Hatha Yoga class last Saturday and I’ll admit, it was embarrassing. I was shaking hard and could barely touch my toes while everyone did their cobras like nobodies business but, afterwards, it felt great. One class outside of my routine really went a long way.

I’ve learned that in my experience I push myself to the limit then explode. I’ll stop working out, I’ll take too much time off of work, and I’ll quit dating cold turkey. When you wait for burn out, it might be too late. Recognize when you are heading toward a burn out and do one thing to tweak your routine.

What do you do when you’re burned out?!

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough , Undressed, and I'm Not Playing.

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Loberg, E. (2015). What do you do when you’re burned out?!. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2020, from


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