4 Ways To Tackle Burnout And Practice Self-Care


Whether you’ve been tirelessly working on a project at your nonprofit organization or entrenched in a harrowing job search, you may have put self-care on the bottom of your priority list. However, there are small yet significant ways to put yourself first. In this video, we outline a few ways to salvage your well-being when you’re teetering on the edge of burnout.

Ready to put these tips into practice? Here are a few resources to help you out:

Identify your passion project: When you’re scrounging for time, the last thing you might be looking for is something that uses up more of it. Remember though, that engaging in a hobby or taking on a passion project can help you escape your stress and remind you that you are more than your job title!

Set time to reflect: A few minutes of reflection will do it—ask yourself what challenges you encountered during the week and what changes you need to make to overcome them.

Step away from your desk: A 5-10 minute respite from your desk a couple of times each day can work wonders. You can use the time to meditate, show gratitude, or listen to a favorite song. Discover how to set boundaries. Leave work email for work hours, and be sure to use your vacation days!

Chime in: How do you deal with burnout?

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I became acquainted with Idealist in late 2000 while working in the career development office at a private liberal arts college in NYC. I used it almost daily to help students and alumni find meaningful careers. After a 12-year stint in higher education, I worked as a career coach for professionals in various industries (and still used Idealist). During one of those many searches, a listing really caught my eye- the one for the newly-created position, Careers Program Coordinator. So... I jumped at the opportunity. Since then, I took on the role of Manager of Career Content for Idealist Careers, creating career content for job seekers, leaders, and other nonprofit professionals. Understanding the roles that a positive outlook and holistic self-care play in career success, I've shared with our readers time-honored methods for improving confidence and productivity. Now, as Manager of College and Professional Development, my focus is on lifting the advice from Idealist Careers "off the page". Drawing from my experience in career development, I propel job seekers and career changers towards taking control of their searches with confidence and removing fear, uncertainty, and other blocks to success via in-person workshops and seminars, webinars, and conference programming. My great loves are cooking (preferably without a recipe, otherwise I doctor it up), dancing, live cultural performances, identifying the tasting notes in a good cup of coffee, exploring neighborhoods for hidden gems, and anything else that sparks the senses and allows me to experience all the beauty, dynamism, and intrigue that vivaciously living in a remarkable world offers.

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