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How To Recover From Burnout When You Feel Unmotivated

We all get stressed and unmotivated, but at a certain point in life it can lead to numbing emotional and physical exhaustion. Burnout can set in due to stress or when our hard work fails to produce the desired results. This can lead to intense feelings of depression, despair and burnout.

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Do you feel as if you’ve lost your zest for life, darling?

Have you begun to lose interest in things you used to be passionate about?

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Is it hard to motivate yourself to just get things done? And does it feel as if everything in your realm of responsibilities feels like, well, complete drudgery? Let me be honest with you, darling. It sounds as if you’re in the early stages of feeling burnt out and unmotivated.

You keep asking yourself: where has my “get up and go” gone? These early stages have other effects on you, too. Isolation. And as if you are the only one who just can’t seem to get it together.

Frankly, you are not alone. Research is showing us that larger numbers of adults are dealing with high stress and burnout. I know it’s hard to admit to yourself – let alone anyone else – that you’re feeling burnt out and unmotivated.

Yet, when you’re honest with yourself about feeling burnt out and unmotivated, you’re in the position to deal with it.

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Knowledge is powerful. And what’s even more powerful is the decision that things have got to change. Because, darling, you deserve to love your life. Not feel burnt out by it.

Making this realization and then deciding that something has to change can help you deal with the “unmotivated’ part, too.


If you’re feeling burnt out and unmotivated, embrace these six tips to recover. And reclaim your life.

6 Tips To Recover From Burnout

1) Getting Better Organized Helps When You Feel Burnt Out and Unmotivated

Whether you are naturally organized or tend to be more haphazard in how you manage things, one of the tell-tale signs you are feeling burnt out and unmotivated is that your organization level begin to disintegrate beyond your norm.

Feeling burnt out and unmotivated often means that you get stuck with swirling thoughts – which I call brain clutter. And those thoughts make the feelings of overwhelming rise up. Dealing with that mental clutter is helpful, of course, yet it’s often harder to do when you’re in burn out. (Just being honest here).

So, the thing I’ve found immensely helpful is to take control of a physical space or your schedule. Or both. Tidy up your desk. Make your bedroom a haven. Look at your calendar and to do list, and create a reasonable plan for the coming week. With no more than three big items as priorities per day.

Getting better organized will help provide you a structure of support. And, honestly, darling, a lack of structure adds to the burnout and overwhelm.


2) You Must Choose to Unplug on a Regular Basis

The increasing sophistication of communication technology means you can work from anywhere in the world. I am so grateful for the ability to use the internet and social media to connect with folks. My phone and my laptop are important tools to manage my business and my life.

However, while this allows all of us a level of freedom to work anywhere? Constantly being connected, especially with work, lends to feeling burnt out and unmotivated. That’s because much of our work is sypheian in nature. Take this blog for example. As soon as I publish a blog for you, I need to write another one. You can get caught up in that cycle of never getting everything done.

While I don’t believe in the mythical unicorn called “balance”, I do know that in order to deal with burnout you must unplug on a regular basis. I recommend doing it at least once a week. Or, if that feels scary, begin by doing a half-day per week.

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Debra Smouse
Debra Smouse is a life coach and author who has been published in Time, Huffington Post, MSN, Psychology Today, and more. She knows that the path to loving your life begins with an uncluttered mind.  Snag a free workbook with life hacks on how to love YOUR life
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