Avoiding burnout

As the weather starts to fine up, more social activities are on the horizon. This time of the year always seems to go quickly and there never seems to be enough time to get it all done. Here’s how you can avoid burnout.

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What is burnout?

Burnout is essentially when you spend too long overstimulated, resulting in physical and emotional exhaustion. It isn’t just limited to work – it can also occur due to personal situations. 

What are the signs?

Symptoms like restlessness, feeling stressed, trouble sleeping, mental exhaustion, increased illness, forgetfulness, trouble focussing or remembering things can all be part of burnout.

How can I avoid it?

Don’t feel obliged to attend every social situation

We know FOMO (the fear of missing out) is real, but it is OK to say no to social situations sometimes. Try and give yourself some down time over weekends to relax too – even if it’s just taking a bath or reading a book.

Take time to yourself

As the end of the year approaches, many of us feel restless. Taking a break can be good both mentally and physically to help us reset and refocus. Booking a holiday is always fantastic, but even just taking a quiet day off at home can make a big difference to your mental state.


Exercise is a great stress reliever as it releases endorphins. Taking a brisk 10 minute walk in your lunch break will do the trick, or even parking your car slightly further from work or the train station. 


Meditation can help you stress less, manage anxiety, lengthen attention span and may reduce age related memory loss. Some forms of meditation can improve depression and even create a more positive outlook on life. Research shows that maintaining an ongoing habit of meditation may help you maintain these benefits long term*. There are some great apps out there like Headspace that can teach you to mediate so you don’t have to leave your couch to do it. 

Stress less about money

Money worries shouldn’t be keeping you up at night. TelstraSuper Financial Planning can provide comprehensive advice on things like budgeting and helping you with your long-term plans. From starting a new job, planning a family to looking to retire, TelstraSuper Financial Planning Advisers are available to discuss a range of topics with you. Take control of your financial future today – book in to see an Adviser from TelstraSuper Financial Planning or alternatively call 1300 033 166.