Breaking Barriers to Burnout
Do you feel like you’re hitting a wall or you’ve reached your plateau in your fitness goals? Well, there are some ways for you to get your momentum back.
Here are some tips and strategies to help you stay motivated long-term.
- Remind yourself of the why.
What’s your ultimate goal? What’s your purpose in starting this journey and what made you want to start?
- Enlist a support team.
Look outside your immediate circle for some of the support and accountability such as a mental health practitioner, a counselor, a therapist, a psychiatrist, a nutrition coach, a dietitian, a massage therapist, or an acupuncturist.
Bring self-care, relaxation, and mindfulness to allow your body to reset, especially if you start on a hard training regimen. That way, you’re not setting yourself up for injury and you’re giving your muscles a break.
Also, think of friends or group meetups of people with like-minded goals, whether that’s a running group, a workout class, or support group around eating patterns or eating behaviors, or depression or anxiety groups. Find people who are working towards the same mental and physical wellbeing.
- Little changes can lead to a big impact.
Create some short-term, more specific goals that when you add them up, it’s going to make a big change. Make a list of action steps that will be very impactful to the overall goal. Once you feel you’ve made a pretty complete list, then you can rank order them in terms of impact. Use that list to build your momentum.
- Look at time management and eliminate your time wasters.
Time is currency so you need to look at that pretty seriously. It’s amazing how much wasted nonproductive time there can be in a day. Evaluate which areas of your life are you wasting your time on and how can you optimize your time instead. Little chunks of time can add up. Even if you’re not wasting hours at a time, if you’re wasting 20-30 minutes a day on multiple different aspects of the day, that would already be a couple of hours adding up.
Time and energy are so intertwined. And if we can find more time to create more energy, then we can really push through some of those barriers better, versus trying to push through when we’re so fatigued, burned out, and so overstretched.
If you want to learn more about breaking barriers to burnout, check out https://workwithdrtiff.com/episode-011.