5 Things to Do to Avoid Burnout 40

5 Things to Do to Avoid Burnout

This is a guest post by Lauren, a working super mom of 3 crazy busy kids, who is living and loving every single moment of this adventure called life. She freelances for Must Do Visitor Guides.

Americans work hard. In fact, we work so hard most of us lose vacation days every year.

This work ethic would be admirable if it wasn’t creating stress and anxiety in America’s workers.

Working too hard for too long can wear us down. There is no way we can perform at our best when we are constantly exhausted. Taking an occasional mental health day gives us a chance to recharge and relax.

For some reason, Americans think they must work until they drop. Instead of taking earned time off, many of us postpone vacations or cancel plans altogether.

This makes no sense from a mental health perspective. Never getting away from work and changing our focus to more enjoyable activities can mentally wear us down until we feel overwhelmed.

Never taking time away from work often results in frustrations and increased stress. This finds its way into the workplace and eventually we feel like we’re about to reach our breaking point.

This is when a mental health day can reap huge benefits. Stepping away from our job responsibilities can help us relax and refocus.

While you shouldn’t need an excuse to take a mental health day, there are some valid reasons for taking a day away from the office.

Lower Your Stress Levels

Week after week of long hours without a break can bring us to the brink of collapse.

We are stressed and irritable and pretty soon people are commenting on our behavior. If you find yourself snapping at coworkers or your family, it’s time to take a break.

Our job is one of the primary causes of stress. A mental health day allows us to step back from the stress and take a breath. This is why mental health experts recommend taking a day away whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

If you are constantly feeling stressed or anxious at work, you have to decompress.

Stress leads to freakouts and breakouts and neither is a good look for anyone’s professional image.

Look at your work schedule and figure out the best day to plan your stress-free day of rest and relaxation.

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Everyone knows that fresh air and sunshine are part of a healthy diet. Even if it’s just a walk around the block or a quick lunch on a park bench, take the time to explore your neighborhood or take a hike.

A mental health day allows you to relax and take part in activities you enjoy, like lounging on the beach or by the pool.

Think like a tourist and visit a local attraction or spend some time in a museum or art gallery. You’ll find yourself relaxed and ready to take on the world.

Taking a break is like breathing in fresh air. It’s good for your brain.

Take the time away from work to decompress and focus on something that has nothing to do with your office responsibilities. You’ll be more creative and productive than ever before. Taking a much-needed break not only helps you, but also helps the company.

Experience Something New

Pull out that bucket list and do one of the things you’ve always wanted to do. Even if it’s something simple like trying that new Thai restaurant, use this time to do something you’ve wanted to do, but never found time for.

While most of us already have some downtime built into our work schedule, the weekend or that regular day off may not be enough. If you’re looking at the coming week and feeling extraordinarily stressed or anxious, it is time to take a day away and decompress.

Allowing yourself to step away from the pressures of work and experience something you enjoy will not only make you feel better. It will also make you a more productive employee.

Every so often we all need a day to unwind and relax.

Catch Up On Sleep

If you are feeling exhausted at work, you are probably not sleeping well either. Taking a mental health day allows you to sleep in and catch up on your rest.

Research shows us that when we don’t get enough sleep, we soon begin to experience several negative effects. In addition to being tired, we have trouble concentrating, suffer memory lapses, become irritable and can even become paranoid.

If we don’t do something to break the cycle, our sleepless nights will result in stressful days and the cycle will continue to worsen.

Taking a mental health day breaks this cycle and gives us some much-needed time to just veg out and shut your brain off. Whether that means you binge watch Netflix or you sleep the day away, it’s up to you.

Occupational health experts agree that the ideal workday begins around 9 AM. This allows employees to get a full night’s rest and come to work refreshed.

While this is a great idea, realistically, it probably won’t be happening anytime soon. Instead, take an occasional mental health day and get some rest.

Change Up Your Routine

While we shouldn’t have to come into the office when we’re stressed or tired, the truth is sometimes we just have to suck it up and do it.

Most of us have to work to pay our bills even when we’re feeling apathetic about our job. If you find yourself just not caring about your job, it’s time to get away and take a mental break.

You don’t need to commit to an entire day off to reset your mental game. Try leaving early or going in late.

Changing up your routine to fit in a selfish errand, like a quick manicure or early happy hour with friends, can really lift your mood and in turn your productivity.

Mental health days help produce happier, more relaxed employees.

If you are experiencing high stress levels or constant anxiety, then you need to give yourself permission to take a mental health day.

Remember: Life isn’t about working the hardest, longest, most ridiculous hours and never having any fun. It’s about finding that happy work/life balance.

So give yourself that mental health day you deserve!

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.