Are you feeling used up by life’s stress, family problems and a demanding job you can’t turn off? To reduce burnout and regain control, keep in mind that taking lots of small steps to change things works best.
A pyschologist offers this advice to people on overload:
▪ Hire a small amount of help, even if your budget is tight. You might, for example, pay a teenager $15 to vacuum your house. Or, you might pay someone $150 to paint your bedroom.
▪ Keep a chart to dole out tasks to family members. Hold a family meeting every two weeks to define all work that needs to be done, and let the kids help name the chores. Divide as many tasks as you can into 10-minute segments (load the dishwasher, clean a bathtub) and let everyone sign up for two or three tasks each day. Yes, it’s OK to save up a few until the weekend if schedules are crazy. But make sure everyone has checked off all chores by Sunday night each week.
▪ Ask for help from extended family and friends. For example, if you’re dealing with an ill family member at home, try to enlist your siblings or your friends to bring over pizza on Friday nights, even if you have to pay for it. Having other people pitching in and just visiting can bring comfort and enjoyment.