Avoiding post-summer burnout can be one of the most challenging things for many people. Whether you feel overwhelmed by work, school, or life events, post-summer burnout can creep up on you and make you feel like you’re falling behind.
Post-summer burnout sometimes stems from seasonal depression, which can come on with the changing seasons and make you feel sad, depressed, or lonely.
Consider using these methods to keep from getting seasonal depression and help you stay at the top of your game.
Enjoy Your Alone Time
Some people may not be comfortable being alone, but being alone can help you traverse your mind and thoughts. The mind can be a tricky place to be, but when you enjoy your alone time, you can walk away feeling refreshed and recharged without having to interact with others and feel the need to put on a face or mask.
Evaluate Your Wants and Needs
Take some time to think about what you want out of life and what you need out of life. These can be very tricky and uncomfortable things to think about and maneuver, but without knowing what you want and need, you can easily get lost in your head.
Think about what you need to be happy and healthy and pursue adopting those into your life.
Don’t Commit to Too Much
Overcommitting to events, people, and work obligations can make you depressed in no time. You need to have open space in your calendar to enjoy your life, even if it means sitting down for your favorite television show or watching a movie.
Sometimes, the best thing to do can be nothing at all!
Engage In Self-Care
Self-care can take many forms. For some people, self-care is a bath, a walk on the beach, or a day spent with their dog. Think about what you consider self-care and then make some time for that in your life. Whatever you need at the time you need it can be self-care, no matter what that is.
Start by listing what you enjoy the most and what activities are good for your mind, body, and soul. Engage in one of these activities daily to keep from sliding into a sad, depressed, or moody mindset.
Recognize the Signs
Recognize the signs of seasonal depression and other depressive disorders. Usually, these signs include isolating, not speaking to others, daydreaming constantly, and feeling left behind. Loneliness can cause people to feel depressive symptoms. Reach out to a professional or a friend to help you decide if you are suffering from seasonal depression, burnout, or something else.
Post-summer burnout is hard to battle and master, but with time, patience, and self-evaluation you can keep yourself working at peak efficiency. However, you will need plenty of breaks and time to commit to self-care.
Sometimes, you may need to spend an afternoon or two alone and away from the world to ensure you’re not getting overwhelmed and unhappy with the conditions of the changing seasons and life.
Remember to evaluate yourself and become aware of the signs of post-summer burnout so you can address the feeling before it begins to take root.