Checklists are always useful, for anything, and I thought that a checklist for how to get over burnout was a great idea. A little list to verify what to do and/or what not to do while you are trying to heal from or get through burnout is something that can come in very handy.
Based on some of my previous articles, on what I learned from the therapist that was assigned to me during my burnout, and some lessons I learned from my experience, I am going to compile two checklists here.
A “to do” and a “do not do” list
One list will give you recommendations that may help you walk the road to recovery. The second list will advise what would be best to avoid, in order to ensure that there are no bumps on the road or that you keep the speed bumps to a minimum.
Have you ever driven your car into a pothole? Ouch, painful, isn’t it? For both you and the car … So, dealing with stressors, conflicts, difficult neighbors, and what-have-you can be compared to such potholes – or nasty speed bumps. It’s best to avoid them if you want to get better.
We often have the best intentions and we are determined to stick to our principles and to what we have learned, but life tends to throw certain situations, difficult people, or other obstacles on our way which may or may not hinder us a little and make us forget our good intentions.
So, having a little checklist can be great help. It could be a mental checklist, or even a printed one. Yes, why not print this and keep it in a place where you can easily reach it, like your jeans pocket, your wallet, or whatever you like to use?
Let’s look at those lists.
Your To Do List
Feel free to print this list 🙂
Your Do Not Do List
Same here, feel free to print this list. Perhaps, after you print both, you could put a protective covering over it, to make it last for a long time, or at least for the time that you are going through burnout …
Today is the first time that I am sharing a short article on my blog, but I thought that these lists would be useful. Before I wrote this article, I asked myself, “what would I have liked to have when I went through burnout in 2016?” The answer was this, a checklist of what I should and should not do; recommendations for daily life. A list like that might have helped prevent some unpleasant situations I could have done without 😉
Having such a list is like carrying a constant reminder with you at all times. You can pull it out any time and look at it, especially when the mind is being provoked into a stressful or conflictive situation.
If someone tries to unsettle you or if there is a stressor, perhaps this list can help, who knows, right? I am not proclaiming myself as a burnout guru. I would never claim such a thing, but I have been through burnout and I know that it isn’t easy to get through it. So, I hope that what I learned during my journey may be of some help to you. 🙂