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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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What you can do to avoid burnout this summer

Kate Bithell, mental health nurse at Private Rehab Clinic Delamere, discusses what you can do to avoid burnout this summer.

In this article, she explained why we get burnout during what is supposed to be a ‘relaxing season’, and how you can spot the signs.

Take time to pause and relax

Most importantly, to avoid getting burnt out during summer, make sure to take time out to pause and reset – and that does not mean just going on holiday.

Summer can be a great time to recharge and relax, as well as have fun with friends.

If you are the kind of person that likes to keep busy, then make sure to plan less strenuous activities around your busy days, such as laying in the sun with friends and family or going for walks.

Activities like this that make you feel good are great for the body and mind and can help you to get enough rest during the season.

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Do not be afraid to say no

While a lot of us want to make the most of summer, with its long evenings and warm temperatures, you want to make sure that you are not over-exerting yourself with plans, especially if your schedule at work is a bit more hectic.

Learning to say no and knowing what your boundaries are may be the key to avoiding burnout this summer.

If you have too much planned one week, or an activity that feels like it is going to be too draining, then taking a step back and saying no to things you do not want to do can help you make the most of your time and be present in the moments that are important to you.

Switch off from work while on holiday

If you have got a holiday booked this summer and want to use the time for relaxing and recharging, then it is vital that you switch off from work during this time.

While it can feel impossible at times, one of the easiest ways to do this is to either mute any work-related notifications on your phone or delete any apps like email, Slack or Teams altogether so that you are not tempted to check what is going on.

You might also want to set boundaries with staff and managers to not contact you unless it is an emergency, so you have the best possible chance of getting some much-needed rest.

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