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My Anti-Burnout Tips

What is Burnout? Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, well that’s what it says on Google anyway.…

What is Burnout?

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, well that’s what it says on Google anyway. I know what burnout feels like, I just didn’t know how to define it. I’ve experienced it a few times in the last few years, and it’s really quite an unpleasant place to find yourself.

  • Burnout as a result of work
  • Burnout as a result of multiple yard moves
  • Burnout as a result of people pleasing
  • Burnout as a result of being a horse owner
  • Burnout as a result of all of the above

Luckily for me now, I can notice when I’m getting to a point where I really don’t feel good. If you can recognise the signs, you can stop yourself from reaching that place that noone wants to reach.

Signs you might be on the verge of Burnout

  • You’re always tired
  • You might struggle to get out of bed each morning
  • Lack of motivation
  • No desire to do activities that normally make you happy
  • Avoiding social situations

The things above are just my thoughts of specifics that I have experienced. You may well have a list double this size, another list entirely of different signs that you’re on the verge of burning out. What I’ve learnt, is to recognise the signs and to do something about it. I no longer allow myself to get to a point where I’m exhausted physically and mentally.

How to prevent Burnout?

Say ‘NO’
If you don’t want to do something, don’t be afraid to say no, this is often easier said than done, I know! This covers your social life AND yard life. Don’t take on more than you can manage, it’ll only end in frustration.

Look after yourself 
Run yourself a hot bubble bath, have the glass of wine, paint your nails, treat yourself from time to time. Even the smallest thing can sometimes make us feel so much better. Get yourself a candle, some fairy lights, make your home a nice warm cosy place to be.

Take the pressure off
Winter with horses is a slog, there’s no doubt about it. Take away the pressures of ‘I must ride 4-5 times a week’ NO…. ride when you want to, not when you feel you have to. Don’t feel you have to live up to the expectation of super Susan on Instagram who is absolutely bossing winter with horses and is having weekly lessons, going to arena hires, competitions and preparing for the next event season.

Most of us are cursing each morning defrosting the car, getting wet to our socks because our wellies have holes in, and getting through multiple outfits each day where you’re soaked and covered in mud. This is normal! It’s shit, but normal. Try and enjoy whatever little moments you can in winter, no matter how small.

To conclude, burnout is best avoided. No one wants to feel like shit, to hit a point where you want to hide away and stay in bed all day away from the realities of adult life. Look after yourself, take a steadier pace with your horse, treat yourself from time to time, and enjoy being at home out of the rain and the mud!


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