The time of the year when most people start to burnout from a long stressful year is finally here. So we have to be careful and know our own limits. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. The voice over industry can be fun and very stressful at the same time. With so many ways of undercutting voice over rates popping up every other day, it’s easy to see why hardworking voice artist could be both mentally and physical exhausted. If you feel overworked and undervalued; you are at risk for burnout. Now here is the big question, how can you function when it’s just not possible to call in sick and tired to life? I have a few ideas:
Those never-ending worries about your finances or job could be zapping your energy.
The fix: Schedule a doctor’s appointment and be specific when you talk to your health professional; it will help identify what’s causing your fatigue. Let them know if it’s muscle weakness, if it feels like sleepiness, general fatigue all day long, before or after meals or any other specific details that might help them diagnose the problem. This will help them determine the cause and remedy the situation so you can get back to soaring energy and high-quality sleep in no time.
Lack of Motivation
When you don’t feel enthusiastic about anything anymore or you no longer have that internal motivation for your work, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing burnout. Other ways this manifests? It may be harder to get going in the morning and more difficult to drag yourself into work every day.
The Fix: Regaining your motivation involves a combination of combatting the sources of its depletion and tricking yourself into taking the first step. Figure out something you really want to do. This may be on the boring side and mean you want to clean your apartment, or something more exciting like make a game. Whatever it may be, take a very tiny first step that only requires about five minutes of your time. On the next day, take a slightly smaller step. Work your way up by accomplishing just a little bit more each time. When you start to see your accomplishments and how little effort they take, you’ll have an easier time making progress.
There is no special diet that specifically treats exhaustion. However, developing and maintaining a healthy eating habit will increase your energy reserves, help you sleep better, and reduce your level of tiredness. Here are some important tips.
The Fix: Avoid refined sugars and other sweets. Drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water every day. Avoid caffeine and tobacco. Eat nutrient-dense foods. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Avoid alcohol. Eat to maintain a healthy weight. Always remember that you do not have to make these changes alone. If your exhaustion is simply overwhelming, call on family and friends to cook and bring over meals.
Stop checking your email before bedtime. Many of us are photosensitive, so the light from your TV will make your body think it is still daylight. Some foods are more conducive to a better night’s sleep than others. You already knew about warm milk, chamomile tea, but there’s more! Foods like bananas, potatoes, oatmeal and whole-wheat bread will induce eye droopiness.
The Fix: The first rule for better sleep is don’t watch TV in bed – don’t use your bed for anything other than sleep.
Did you know that your regular breathing pattern is very likely messing up your body and its functions? Learning a few simple principles for proper breathing could lead to you having more energy, improved health, less anxiety, less fear, better relationships and just a happier life in general.
The Fix: Take a ‘breathing break’ before you go to bed to aid a relaxed deep sleep. Find a comfortable space, sit down and spend five minutes concentrating on breathing deeply in and out. It is a great way to settle the mind and relax the body. Breathe through the nose. Breathe with the diaphragm. Breathe relaxed. Breathe rhytmically. Breathe silently.
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