The year is coming to an end, and if you’ve been feeling chronically exhausted and irritable, or have been experiencing a lack of motivation, you might be feeling the effects of burnout. If you have any energy left, it’s important to balance out the things that have been dragging you down, rather than spending all of your time immersed in them—or worse, just tuning out with food and TV. If you’re having trouble finding the fun in life lately, here are four ways to fight burnout.
Move Your Body. Believe it or not, when you’re tired, movement might be just what you need to get some energy back. Sure, you could train for a marathon—but even getting into a simple exercise routine can make a difference. According to Adam Perlman, MD, integrative medicine expert, “research has shown that regular exercise is the most important thing you can do to optimize your quality of life today and maintain it in the future.” Take a walk, do some light, gentle yoga poses for a few minutes, or go for a jog.
Learn How To Ballroom Dance. It might sound odd, but dance is a great form of therapy—and social dance is great for new dancers. According to Stanford University dance instructor and social dance expert Richard Powers, social ballroom dance is supposed to be “friendly and kind and flexibly adaptive.” Whether you lean towards the waltz, tango, salsa, swing, or foxtrot, chances are there’s a place in your area to try it out.
Check Out Some “Shelf-Help.” According to recent research, reading literary fiction can help to increase feelings of empathy for others and yourself. Whether you head to the bookstore, open up your tablet to check out book apps and websites, or go to the library, expanding your reading list might be just what you need.
Join A Chorus. Finding a group to sing with might also do the trick, since group singing can help induce oxytocin, a love hormone that increases feelings of trust, bonding, and generosity. According to Daniel Levitin, psychology professor at McGill University, “when we sing with other people, it brings us outside of ourselves and activates a part of the frontal cortex that’s responsible for how you see yourself in the world.” Not a professional singer? It’s not a problem, since many community choruses don’t require auditions. Try going online to find local singing groups that are open to all—and with the holidays coming up, you might be able to find even more opportunities.
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