Too many plans, too little time- don’t let it get on top of you

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As lockdown restrictions start to lift and plans start to be made, it can be all-too easy to say yes to every offer that comes your way. Finally after a year, you can go to the pub with friends, see cousins, throw a BBQ with your family and catch up with uni mates. Fitting in all your new found plans can be exhausting, especially after a year of minimal social interaction.

Accidentally making too many plans and agreeing to every invite that comes your way can quickly result in a burnout, especially if you are juggling these with studying or work. Take a look at our top tips to help you enjoy your new found social life, whilst still maintaining your mental and physical health.

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Protecting your mental and physical health from burnout

What is burnout?

Burnout is caused by excessive stress over a prolonged period of time. It occurs when you have too much on your plate and you feel like you can’t keep up with demands It can be experienced a number of ways including physical illness, emotional instability or feelings of being overwhelmed.

top 5 ways to avoid burnout

  1. Learn to say no
  2. Make yourself a priority
  3. Choose quality over quantity
  4. Make sure your home is comfortable
  5. Plan further ahead

1. Learn to say no

Believe it or not, you don’t have to agree to every invite and plan that comes your way. If your friends are your true friends, they will understand that you need a little more time to yourself. Just because you are saying ‘no’ now, doesn’t mean that you can’t rearrange.

2. Make yourself a priority

If everyone made themselves a priority, the world would be a happier place. There is nothing selfish about putting yourself first. It mean that you are better company when you decide that you do want to socialise.

3. Choose quality over quantity

Instead of agreeing to every plan that comes your way, choose what you actually WANT to do and prioritise this. Once nice BBQ with your closest group can be more fun that 5 rushed pub trips in a week with old colleagues and friends you haven’t replied to in months.

4. Make sure your home is comfortable

Create a space that feels soothing and relaxing. This way, when you return from your post-lockdown plans, you can kick off your shoes and chill out. Do a big clean and try and stay on top of your washing or housework so that the pressure doesn’t get on top of you.

5. Plan further ahead

Believe it or not, you don’t need to meet up with EVERYONE from your social circle within a space of two weeks. It’s understandable to miss friends and family, however lockdown restrictions are continuing to lift, so you will have plenty of time to see them

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If you are just looking to wind or create a little ‘you’ time, then why not invest in some self-care products?

If you or anyone you care about is suffering from mental health issues, be sure to speak out. Find a list of contacts at The Prince’s Trust.

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