Dylan RKin, RMT
It’s mind-blowing to think that this year is already coming to a close. (See ya later 2022!) But with the end of the year, comes an increase in things you need to do, increase in workload and shorter days. This can lead to you feeling overwhelmed and, well, burnt-out.
So how can we avoid this?
Remember to breathe. If you aren’t breathing right, your muscles are not going to be happy and you aren’t going to be happy. So take some time out of your day and just focus on your breathing.
Find something you enjoy doing that you also find relaxing. Maybe it’s baking or maybe it’s just sitting down and watching a TV show. Do it. You deserve to relax and not think about work.
When you’re at work, you can still take time for yourself! If you’re given a lunch break, take it, if you’re given any sort of break, TAKE IT. Even if it’s for 15 minutes. After every massage treatment, I have 15 minutes between each client, minus the minutes it takes to check-in with the client afterwards, write up notes, clean the room and set up the room. This leaves me with about 7 minutes. I take these 7 minutes and I’ll eat, drink, chat with co-workers or check my phone. Those 7 minutes are MINE and I look forward to them. So what I’m saying is, take whatever breaks you can for yourself!
Get some sleep and take your time waking up. That period when you go to sleep and when you wake up is yours. If you want to read before you get up, even if it’s for 5 minutes, do it. If you want to snuggle your dog or cat before you get up, I highly suggest you do that. If taking time for yourself in the morning means taking a relaxing shower and getting ready for the day. DO IT ! Whatever you do in the morning, as long as you feel well rested and relaxed while doing it, your body and mind will be so happy.
Next, set boundaries for your time. If you have a client messaging you asking to get in but they can’t find a spot, don’t feel obliged to figure this out for them. Unless you 100% feel fine taking on an extra shift, don’t do it. It’ll save your body and your mind.
Finally, do NOT feel guilty if you can’t fit someone into your schedule right away. Your schedule has most likely been up for the whole year, if they wanted to have booked in at that time, they would have planned and book in earlier.
Even if you do only one of these things on the list, you’ll feel better. The first step in getting over that burnt-out feeling is to recognize it’s happening, and then start taking time for yourself.
Let’s end this year on a high note everybody!
Take care and remember to relax,