Life has a funny way of surprising us when we least expect it.
Just when you think you have everything under control, out of nowhere something comes flying out of left field straight towards your face like an erratic 90 mph fastball.
It could be a job loss, breakup, injury, or something unexpected like a global pandemic that completely upends your life plans.
Whatever the curveball is, getting hit by one can really knock you for a loop and leave you feeling overwhelmed, defeated, and like you’re on the floor struggling to get back up.
But while life may sometimes feel intent on keeping you down, you always have the power within to pick yourself back up, dust yourself off, and come back swinging even stronger.
We will share 16 strategies you can use the next time an unexpected curveball comes your way to help you bounce back, adapt, and even turn potential setbacks into future opportunities.
#1. Find New Hobbies
When you are burnt out and stuck in a rut, changing things up can have a tremendous impact.
Seek out a new hobby to try and see the difference it makes in your life.
#2. Figure Out Your Mission
Extrinsic motivation only goes so far, and you might reach a point where you feel so burnt out that you forget what you were working towards.
Now’s the time to circle back and figure out your mission.
Why are you doing what you’re doing, and is it worth it?
Remembering your “why” can help you feel reinvigorated and ready to achieve your goal again.
#3. Make It a Priority to Get More Movement Into Your Day
If you are currently engaged in sedentary work, staying energized throughout the day is tough.
Make it a priority to get more movement into your day.
This can mean squeezing in exercise in the morning, doing some light exercise later in the evening, or even setting a timer every so often and doing some light stretching or cardio to get your blood pumping.
#4. Reach Out to Those in a Similar Position
Do you know other professionals or mentors who know exactly what you’re going through because they’re either dealing with it or have dealt with it in the past?
If so, reach out to them.
Having someone on your side who has been in a similar position or is in the same situation can be a great support system to help you get to the finish line.
Whether to vent or get advice, these connections will be invaluable to your journey.
#5. Take Some Time for Yourself
Not everyone can take time off.
But if you are, you have to.
Burnout doesn’t get better if you don’t address it by taking a break.
Take as much time off as you can to rest and recover.
If you lack this time, see if you can fit more breaks into your day for minor rest and recovery.
#6. Truly Evaluate the State of Your Work
What are you doing, and how much are you getting done?
Sometimes, people will burn themselves out by being inefficient or working on things that don’t matter.
See where you can improve the process to reduce burnout and increase your chances of success.
#7. Seek Out Professional Help If You’re Struggling
Burnout can be serious, resulting in low energy, low mood, and no motivation or excitement.
It might be a precursor to something more severe, like anxiety or depression.
If you’re struggling, seek professional help to alleviate these symptoms and get back on track.
#8. Look to Cut or Automate As Much As Possible
More often than not, there are ways to deal with burnout.
One of the best ways is to cut items out of your schedule.
If there are non-essential tasks that you’re filling your days up with, you can relieve some of the pressure you’re experiencing by removing them entirely.
Another helpful tip is to automate as much work as possible.
There are many tools out there that can help you manage your work with ease.
#9. Conduct an Analysis to Figure Out Why You’re Burnt Out
Burnout can look different for everyone, even though the leading causes behind it tend to be the same (overworked, unmotivated, etc.).
Take some time to figure out the root causes as to why you’re burnt out. This is the first step in helping you create a plan of action so that you can rally yourself back to success!
#10. Spend Time with Friends and Family
When you are down, surrounding yourself with friends and family can be a life saver.
Not only will they help you in your time of need, but they will also offer humor and an outlet to vent.
#11. Pick Up an Inspiring or Helpful Book for Support
A good book can be a helpful tool during times of burnout.
This is especially true if the book is inspiring for those in your position or a book that offers advice to help you get through these difficult times.
Just make sure that you get something that’s either relevant or actionable, as too many books these days can end up giving you non-advice instead, which will waste all of your currently precious time.
#12. Get Better at Goal Setting and Time Management
Building off the previous point, you might not use your time wisely or set realistic goals.
Always set SMART goals, focusing on goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound.
Then, track your time and improve your schedule to get more done in less time while prioritizing what is most crucial.
#13. Remember That You’re Not Alone
Even though you might feel completely isolated, numerous people have been in your position before.
If it helps, see if you can find other stories of people just like you online who have been burnt out and have managed to make it through to achieve their goals.
It might help you reframe your struggles now and put them into perspective.
#14. Prioritize Your Personal Health and Wellness
Burnout worsens if you aren’t tending to your health.
Ensure you’re engaging in good health habits like getting enough sleep, eating right, drinking plenty of water, and finding ways to de-stress and decompress after long days.
#15. Take Steps To Prevent It From Happening Again
The first move to make is to identify and address the factors that led to this hardship in order to prevent it from happening again.
Look at what caused you harm and consider making changes or avoiding similar situations in the future.
These steps can help you guard against similar issues in the future, so start taking them today.
#16. Believe In Yourself
When facing hardship, remember that you have the power to take control of your life and make things better.
Believe in yourself and your abilities, and find strength from within.
Remind yourself that you can do it, no matter how hard the journey may be. With dedication and resilience, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
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Too many of up prioritize everything else and when it comes time to pamper ourselves, we don’t have the energy.
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Nothing in life always works out perfectly.
Many times we hit rough patches where everything goes wrong. Learn how to handle these situations and come out better on the other side.
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With busy lives, it can be easy for us to lose control. The best thing we can do is relax our minds.
But how do you do this? Follow these steps and see improvement immediately.
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Jon Dulin is the passionate leader of Unfinished Success, a personal development website that inspires people to take control of their own lives and reach their full potential. His commitment to helping others achieve greatness shines through in everything he does. He’s an unstoppable force with lots of wisdom, creativity, and enthusiasm – all focused on helping others build a better future. Jon enjoys writing articles about productivity, goal setting, self-development, and mindset. He also uses quotes and affirmations to help motivate and inspire himself. You can learn more about him on his About page.