Try These Types of Rest to Fight Burnout

Relaxed man breathing fresh air with the sea at the background.There’s a lot of pressure on you. Whether it’s your job, family, or other commitments yanking you here and there, it can be easy to feel burned out.

For some reason, the North American culture celebrates the idea of working long hours, hustling, and saying “yes” to everything, no matter what. But do people really feel good about it?


Feeling burned out is a state of mental, physical, and/or emotional exhaustion that’s caused by constant stress. It can creep up, and you may not notice until it’s too late. Next thing you know, you can’t think or focus, are exhausted, or even physically ill.

Getting rest is essential to fighting burnout. Here are some different ways to rest and recharge to help you feel good.

Physical Rest: Give your body a break. Sleep, take a nap, or spend some time on the sofa. You can also do some active rest, like massage, yoga, meditation, or stretching.
Mental Rest: Give your brain some time to breathe. Write ideas in a journal, make a to-do list, or just step away completely from what you’re doing and go for a walk or watch a movie.

Social Rest: If you’re an introvert, schedule some alone time every day. If you’re an extrovert, be sure to spend time with people who give you energy and don’t necessarily want anything from you.

Sensory Rest: Considering your phone is always in your pocket with email, notifications, and everything else, spending time unplugged can also help you avoid burnout. Schedule blocks of time where you won’t interact with technology and stimulate your sense with something real.

Emotional Rest: Sometimes, you need to talk to someone about how you really feel without judgment. A trusted friend, therapist, or spiritual leader may be able to help you relieve this weight so you can recharge.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.