Winter’s here. Short days, clouds, rain, snow. The worst part: it’s a lot harder to get to some of our favorite trails to go hiking, and many of the best ones are covered with the white stuff.
Walking in nature has always been one of my favorite ways to release stress and prevent burnout, and being a self-employed freelance writer definitely is a job with uncertainty and a lot of hard work, so I’m always looking for good ways to improve my mental health.
And now my good friends Bill and Joann Truby have just released an excellent burnout test with advice for less stress. Here’s what Bill and Joann say about stress and burnout:
Stress is not burnout – but burnout comes from stress. When a person experiences a set of stressors, if those stressors are not processed in a healthy way the stress experienced is high and builds with each new stressful experience. If a person continues to experience stress and does not process it well, that person is on a path to burnout. Though “burnout” is often used in a work setting, it applies to anyone. Burnout is when a person cannot function adequately anymore; there is no more physical, emotional or nervous energy left.
Take the test, compute your score, and then take the recommended steps if your stress/burnout is too high.
I suggest going for more walks and spending more time in nature no matter what your score.