This is the second of a two-part series that articulates ways that can help us avoid burnout.

In this chapter, we will take up five more factors that can help us avoid the feeling of being stuck and helpless.  Please read on to know them.

5. Ask for help.

If you are shy, self-reliant or a “do it myself” type of person, asking for help would be quite a challenge for you.  But you should know that more people than you think are willing to extend their help only if you ask.  Sometimes, it takes lots of courage to ask for help, but it is one of the easiest ways to get things done.

6. Use your sense of humor.

Many people call sense of humor as the sixth sense because it plays a big role in keeping us intact even in stressful situations.  Laughter has the power to reduce tension in difficult circumstances.  It can alleviate tension in your muscles and it can help to reduce stress.

If you can make people laugh, you will realize that people are happy to be with you at work or at play.

7. Make an escape list

An escape list is a list of the things that you plan to do to get away from a situation that’s difficult to manage.  It revolves certain actions like submitting a resignation letter, asking for a raise or submitting your resume to another company that needs your skills.

You don’t really need to follow your escape list.  You are writing it to see that you have plenty of options even in difficult situations.  It helps to make you understand that you are not stuck.

8. Spend time for yourself.

Give yourself more time by avoiding being on the rush all the time.

Develop a healthy self-discipline by sleeping early and waking up early so that you can have plenty of time without feeling pressured to rush out the door at the last minute and without eating breakfast.  This will help you to slow down a bit with some extra time to enjoy the sunshine and appreciate the better things in life.

9. Be accountable for your actions.  Stop making excuses.

By being accountable for your actions, you stop blaming others for things that went wrong in your life  Pointing an accusing finger on others when things don’t work out well won’t help you to get things right.

Excuses are not solutions.  They signify lack of accountability.
You should stop making excuses and take responsibility for your part of the problems instead.  The humility to accept mistakes and finding ways to change them are stepping stones to enlightenment which can help you to avoid burnout.