You may be a parenting super hero but you don’t want to burn out both at home or at work.

Dads and mums who have demanding careers risk burnout. Heck, you don’t even have to be juggling both a child and a job to become burned out!

Having researched what makes you tough against the stress was easy. What’s not it how you fit it into your lifestyle. The fact of the matter is whatever it is you’re doing, these are some of the steps you need to do to avoid burnout. It’s worse for your body and mind than you may think, so keep this guide in mind.

Exercise!

No, the aim isn’t to exercise so that you can become the smooth, tough, fine marble column that “Hyperman” is supposed to be. You’re still not going to be a superhuman. What exercise will do, however, is beat stress. There are few things more effective than going for a run and lifting some iron. Not only does it boost confidence, but it releases a bunch of serotonin. Read more about serotonin over at www.psychologytoday.com/boosting-your-serotonin-activity.

Don’t neglect your hobby

A lot of us have a hobby we love to pursue – it’s something that helps shape our personality, as well as something that helps us relieve stress. Unfortunately, parents with careers often find themselves neglecting their hobbies. This is a mistake. Whatever your hobby is – playing guitar, playing video games, watching movies, putting ships in bottles, whatever – make sure you dedicate even a little time to it a couple of times a week.

Get social

Many parents these days find themselves spending time with three categories people: their children, their partners, and their workmates (at work). Remember when you used to have a bit more of a social life? So many people end up neglecting their friends over time. Don’t let this happen to you. Both of you should arrange to hang out with friends every so often. Consider hiring a babysitter and going out for the evening with some friends you’d like to catch up with. Visit www.sitters.co.uk/hire-a-babysitter.aspx for some useful info.

Rest

Sure, there are a bunch of people out there who like to think that rest is for the weak. You may even be one of them! But the fact is that none of us are strong enough to go without rest. A lack of rest is going to see you becoming burned out very quickly. In fact, strategic rest can actually help you be a lot more productive, as opposed to interrupting hard work, which is the way a lot of people seem to see it!

Review what you’re doing

The reason a lot of people end up getting burned out is because of a lack of satisfaction in what they’re doing. After all, hard work in a career that doesn’t make you very happy is simply going to exacerbate the problem. It’s hard enough really committing yourself and working hard doing something that you love! So perhaps it’s time to sit down and give some thorough thought to your goals. If you’re not doing what you want to do, then perhaps it’s time to make some moves. For more about goals, check out www.corporatedad.co.uk/work/10996/.

  • Great tips. I’ve been trying to do these myself too recently. So easy to spread yourself too thin.