Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 34

Thread: Burned Out

  1. #1

    :banana Burned Out

    Has anyone been "Burned Out" from work or something else? Right now, I'm there. I don't even have focus to go out an hike! For those who have been there and done that, what now?

  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    06-10-2005
    Location
    Bedford, MA
    Posts
    12,678

    Default

    Get moving. Seriously. Walk, jog, run, exercise, bicycle, treadmill. Doesn't matter what. Inactivity leads to depression. Activity can help deal with it, if not cure it.

  3. #3

    Default

    Have a nice big glass of water, put on some upbeat music, talk to another human in person. Grab a pad of paper and plan out some healthy meals for the week. Donate $10 to a local charity. Volunteer locally.

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-16-2011
    Location
    On the trail
    Posts
    3,789
    Images
    3

    Default

    I am very much there right now. Thankfully I have an 18 day hike in the middle of nowhere, no phones, no email just pure soul refreshing Mother Nature and exercise, the perfect remedy for absolute burnout.
    enemy of unnecessary but innovative trail invention gadgetry

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    12-28-2015
    Location
    Bad Ischl, Austria
    Age
    63
    Posts
    1,265

    Default

    Been there (well, almost there).
    Stopped working and went out walking, which turned into hiking which finally brought me back to life.

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    08-28-2007
    Location
    Georgia and Hawaii
    Posts
    18,008

    Default

    Go out to a waterfall, jump in. Better if it's cold.

    Walk in the rain. FEEL IT. I like listening to this by The Alarm as I'm doing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D6pPgwafq0 Better, much better, when you're with your SF listening to it making love in the woods while it's raining!

    Music - I like electronic dance club music or something inspirational.

    I like this Youtube vide by Chemical Brothers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epCPoQchswE

    I like watching and/or hearing this Orbital song at sunrise particularly when in Nature, on the beach, etc, - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGXgCuTCrj8

    I like walking to this by Fitz and the Tantrums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGBLlFMn9Xc

    This gets me on my feet by Gloria Estefan - Get On Your feet:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPOSGVUYgVQ Consider WHY this song came about. What was going on in Estefan's life, having to learn to walk again after the bus accident where they said she would never perform again and might not ever walk again. I always feel grateful and inspired when I hear this song.

    Buy a hungry person dinner. Take your shirt and watch off, clean shirt, and give it to him.

    Go down to the shopping mall or public square and hold up a Free Hugs sign. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Hugs_Campaign

    Go to a Comedy Club or get around people that like to laugh.

    Get 8 hrs deep uninterrupted sleep/take a power nap.

    Eat a healthy tasty nutritious meal.

    Do the ridiculous and outdated and something you've never done
    …Karaoke night down at Mel's Bar Make a happy fool of yourself.

    Watch It's a Wonderful Life

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkTLIO2zanM

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    08-28-2007
    Location
    Georgia and Hawaii
    Posts
    18,008

    Default

    This guy - Nicholas Vujicic - inspires me to be thankful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jhcxOhIMAQ

    Heather Anderson's TedX talk inspired me so much more for her courageous decisions to immerse herself in her passions that go beyond attaining FKT's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgDeh2XDNY4

    Reading Bill Erwins' Blind Courage inspires me. Bill relating he fell 1000's of times yet again and again and again getting up has always been an inspiration for me never allowing me to feel so burned out.

    NOTE what's happening here with all these suggestions. They surround being passionate, energized, laughing, and being grateful.

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    02-04-2013
    Location
    New Orleans
    Posts
    4,046

    Default

    Hiking has always cured burnout for me until my last hike. HST/JMT. Beautiful, as always, and went well but didn't provide the remedy it usually does. Maybe I should have kept hiking on to Tahoe. It really is a wonderful remedy for "real life" usually...

  9. #9

    Default

    Just get out on the trail if you are able to do so...once you get there your troubles will melt away. Sometimes the only way to recharge is to get away for awhile. Don't think about work when you aren't there...this is key.

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    02-04-2013
    Location
    New Orleans
    Posts
    4,046

    Default

    Everyone is different. I've discovered that if things are *too* screwed up in "real life" that I cannot enjoy backpacking no matter how beautiful the trail or how long I am out. Others report the opposite. For me things have to be basically good at home to enjoy getting out. That's just me. I've discovered that the hard way a couple of times.

  11. #11
    Registered User Maineiac64's Avatar
    Join Date
    08-09-2016
    Location
    Woodstock, GA
    Age
    56
    Posts
    599

    Default

    Everyone has ups and downs. I personally believe in thinking and documenting what and where you want to be at a future point, putting together a plan, and working it will help pull you along. Good luck.

  12. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    08-07-2016
    Location
    Monroe, New York
    Posts
    62

    Default

    Take a short hike just to get back to yourself.
    If you can't get out or you're not up for it, take a walk. Make sure you're hydrated, eating well, etc. Put on some good times. Call a friend. Hang in there. I've been where you are. You'll get through this.

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    08-07-2016
    Location
    Monroe, New York
    Posts
    62

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by becfoot View Post
    Put on some good times.
    Um, that should have said "good tunes." But hey, nothing wrong with watching a few episodes of Good Times! ::head-desk::

  14. #14
    Registered User
    Join Date
    08-20-2016
    Location
    Burlington, North Carolina
    Posts
    7

    Default

    A change of scenery is always good when you're feeling "burned out." Sometimes you have to force yourself to get out and do something. If your work is burning you out, then it's time for a few days off or a vacation.
    Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day!

  15. #15
    Wanna-be hiker trash
    Join Date
    03-05-2010
    Location
    Connecticut
    Age
    39
    Posts
    6,884
    Images
    78

    Default

    Alcohol...
    Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

  16. #16

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffee View Post
    Everyone is different. I've discovered that if things are *too* screwed up in "real life" that I cannot enjoy backpacking no matter how beautiful the trail or how long I am out. Others report the opposite. For me things have to be basically good at home to enjoy getting out. That's just me. I've discovered that the hard way a couple of times.
    +1 I tend to be similar. Unless things are working in work and/or home life, hiking even for a short time does little to change that and feels more like running away. The problem with running away from problems is they catch up to you pretty quickly whenever and where ever you stop. I have found the method that works best for me is to identify the problem(s) or circumstance(s) causing the burned out feeling. Once identified, hiking can help in making time to formulate a strategy in dealing with the problem or changing the circumstances.

  17. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-04-2016
    Location
    Wake Forest, NC
    Posts
    34

    Default

    Go fishing

  18. #18
    Furlough's Avatar
    Join Date
    03-17-2004
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Age
    59
    Posts
    885
    Images
    124

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Traveler View Post
    +1 I tend to be similar. Unless things are working in work and/or home life, hiking even for a short time does little to change that and feels more like running away. The problem with running away from problems is they catch up to you pretty quickly whenever and where ever you stop. I have found the method that works best for me is to identify the problem(s) or circumstance(s) causing the burned out feeling. Once identified, hiking can help in making time to formulate a strategy in dealing with the problem or changing the circumstances.
    It is all a matter of perspective - what some view as running away - others view as a time to re-center. I find that when things are not working or just flat out tough at work, a weekend away on a backpacking trip, or even just a long walk rejuvenates me, helps me focus on the issue at hand, and often times helps me to find an alternative way ahead. To me it is not running away - you cannot run away from reality, but you can take time away to help re-focus, re-center, and then deal with whatever the whatever is. The problem and circumstances and the various branches and sequels of the problem for me many times are easily defined. The solution set is not always that easy to come by, particularly when you are close to the problem. So, distance away with time to not have to be within the problem/issue in the moment, for me at least is quite helpful.
    "Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen." Louis L’Amour

  19. #19
    Registered User q-tip's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-04-2009
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Age
    64
    Posts
    1,035
    Images
    54

    Default

    This is complicated. I have been evaluating medical research on mental illness, fatigue and burnout for 27 years. Getting an accurate diagnosis is critical. A recent study found job burnout to be caused by a fundamental lack of energy coming back from work related activities. I have been there. Unfortunately burnout is a diagnosis that must come from a process of elimination; systemic cause (body) , depression (brain) , job incompatibility. . . . .

    The only fix for this is accurate diagnosis followed by empirically effective treatment.

  20. #20
    Registered User
    Join Date
    02-04-2013
    Location
    New Orleans
    Posts
    4,046

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Furlough View Post
    It is all a matter of perspective - what some view as running away - others view as a time to re-center. I find that when things are not working or just flat out tough at work, a weekend away on a backpacking trip, or even just a long walk rejuvenates me, helps me focus on the issue at hand, and often times helps me to find an alternative way ahead. To me it is not running away - you cannot run away from reality, but you can take time away to help re-focus, re-center, and then deal with whatever the whatever is. The problem and circumstances and the various branches and sequels of the problem for me many times are easily defined. The solution set is not always that easy to come by, particularly when you are close to the problem. So, distance away with time to not have to be within the problem/issue in the moment, for me at least is quite helpful.
    A lot of it depends on personality. When there are problems I tend to replay scenarios and situations in my mind in an endless loop unless actively engaged mentally on something else (like work). If I'm hiking solo, that circular endless loop can replay constantly while walking and especially when in camp. Hiking is physically tough but there are lots of free mental cycles to think about things. When I'm looking at a spreadsheet or writing, those mental cycles are occupied by other things. When life is going relatively well, enjoying the physical exertion of hiking is more possible as thoughts of life in general are positive, not an endless negative loop.

    OK, I'm off the couch now...

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •