10 Tips to Fight Burnout

10 Tips to Fight Burnout

Hello again!

This time I created a new video about how to tackle burnout.

Most of us have experienced burnout. It’s the last few weeks before school final exams or a humongous work deadline is approaching… and instead of feeling pumped to take on the challenge like you usually do, you’re suddenly dragging your feet. You don’t feel inspired like you used to. No matter how much you sleep/rest, there’s no relief. All you feel is a sense of dread.

Burnout is so REAL. Life can feel overwhelming and the last thing you want to do is execute self-care on yourself. These are my ten tips on how I push through the fatigue, lethargy, the lack-of motivation so I can rejuvenate my body, mind, and soul. They’re nothing mindblowing; it’s all stuff you’ve probably read online or heard from others. But sometimes, it’s good to have a nice reminder. 😉

On a side note, this video took three tries to film, haha. *hotmess*

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TIPS MENTIONED IN VIDEO:

  1. Hydration: When in doubt, just chug some water down. When I’m going throughout my day, I kid you not, I literally forget to drink water. And what a hindrance dehydration can be! You can’t focus, you’re constantly tired, and you feel even less productive.
  2. Get some good sleep: When I don’t get enough rest, I start wishing I was six feet under and never have to get up another day in my life.
    However when I do rest enough, I feel like I can handle the entire world; my coping mechanism feels strong and I feel I can handle any challenges thrown my way.
  3. Hang out with good friends who GIVE BACK positive energy to you: If you’re an introvert like me, you probably find it very difficult to make time to hang out with others. But it’s important to surround yourself with people you really LIKE and whose company you really ENJOY. Acquaintances at school or work don’t necessarily count as friends. Hang out with those who elevate you and give back positive energy.
  4. Hot bath with Epsom salt: Need I say more? This is just the bomb dot com.
  5. Write it down/Journal: Especially when we’re stressed and burnt out, there are so many thoughts and obligations swimming through our heads that just existing feels overwhelming. Vomit your thoughts onto paper whether it’s doodling aimlessly, writing a long journal entry, listing all your thoughts, drawing graphs, etc. It helps to clear the brain department so you have clarity on what your next goals are.
  6. Practice your favorite hobby – go back to the things you love!: When we’re burnt out, we’re in survival mode and forget all the small activities that bring us so much joy.
    Take a break and practice your favorite hobby. Yes, life involves working hard. On the other hand, also remember that there’s nothing wrong with having fun; in fact, it’s necessary to reward ourselves so we live out happy lives.
  7. Remember: This Too Shall Pass: When I was a teenager, my emotions were a hot mess. I remember feeling sad and thinking this was how I was going to feel for the rest of my life (sidenote: not true, btw).
    Now that I’m an adult, I know that in life there are no plateaus – there are many valleys and peaks. Even during the difficult moments, remember that This Too Shall Pass. You got this. Everything is going to be okay, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
  8. Choose to respect yourself: This one is a BIG ONE for me because when I’m feeling unhappy, I immediately go into a victim state-of-mind. I do pinpoint out the problem (which is good), but instead of taking charge and trying to fix the problem I end up taking a backseat in my own life. I start waiting for others to approach me, validate me, recognize me, etc. And while I’m in my ‘Woe-Is-Me’ state of mind, I feel resentment and beat myself up mentally.
    This is so unhealthy. Choose to respect yourself. Decide to go the difficult route of affirming yourself, validating yourself, and fixing your own problems. Don’t wait for others to save you. Take responsibility for your own life.
  9. Exercise: Endorphins are good for you! The hardest part is just entering the gym; once you’re there, it’s all good stuff!
  10. Unplug: Be in the moment: Turn off the phone, computer, TV, etc. Go outside, be with nature, and be in the moment.

Hope this helps you guys out.

cheers,
alice.

2018 New Year Resolutions

2018 New Year Resolutions

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! May the next year bring only more success, light, love, happiness, $$$, and peace into your lives.

We’re officially in 2018. It’s a fresh new start, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling lots of hope. 2017 was a great year for me but I’m hoping for 2018 will bring out the best version of ME by further fortifying my strengths and bolstering my weaknesses.

Here are my 2018 new year resolutions. Mind you, it’s a long list. I’ve divided them into different categories:

A   S T R O N G E R   H E A R T   &   M I N D 

  • Less Focus On Others, More Focus On Me – It might be due to me growing up in an Asian family where the sense of familial duty (i.e. not bringing shame to your family, constantly being ambitious, looking good if not better than your neighbors, etc.) runs very strong. And it could also be that I’m human, just like everyone else.
    I find it difficult to not care what other people think about me. I won’t deny that I’m getting better at it, but I do notice I avoid events, situations, and/or decisions that might make me look ‘silly’ or ‘stupid’. It’s made me miss many amazing opportunities in my life.
    This year, I’m hoping to check in by asking myself, “If other people and failures weren’t a factor, would you still want to go ahead with [insert whatever it is I want to pursue]?” If the answer is YES, then I know I need to stop living in my head and create ACTION.
  • Less Thinking. More ACTION – Ties in with the previous point mentioned above. It’s so easy to remain in inertia, constantly planning but never executing. To succeed, you need momentum; to create momentum, you have to force yourself to move. I’m hoping to create more proactive movement in 2018.
  • Less DoomsDay thinking. More HOPE – I admit it: I’m afraid of failure. Though we can learn the most from our failures, let’s face it – it fucking sucks. When it comes to taking a risk in personal relationships or business ventures, I always find myself obsessing over the consequences more than the rewards I could obtain. This year, I’m hoping to focus more on what I can gain.

A   F L O U R I S H I N G   B U S I N E S S 

  • 1% More Every Day – Some people I know have AMAZING work habits. They’re like marathon runners: they can work for hours and days at a time to reach their goals. They’re consistent with set morning/night routines and can perform daily tasks like a well oiled machine.
    I have decent work habits, but I’m definitely not a marathon runner. And while I would love to have the strong discipline like my marathon workaholic friends, I know the truth: I’m more a sprinter. I can get all the work done I need within a three hour span with intense concentration and gusto but after that, I need a break. Sometimes though, I can get so wrapped up in my work that I forget to take a break. Subsequently, I crash and burn for a couple of days. Kind of like a work binge. It’s not very pleasant.
    I’m hoping this year I can adopt a less binge-y work style. Instead of panicking and thinking all of this work has to be done NOW like a hare, I’ll be reaching for 1% more everyday like the tortoise. Slow and steady wins the ultimate life race, right?
  • Youtube – Gaining 500 subscribers on Youtube by December 2018.
  • Creating Content – Creating new content on all social media platforms (WP, FB, Insta, Youtube) every week.

H E A L T H Y   F I N A N C E S 

  • Living Within My Means – Pretty self explanatory. Spending LESS than what I make. Not getting caught up by all the glitz and glamour because at the end of day, it’s just things.

N O U R I S H I N G   H E A L T H

  • A Better Diet – Especially when I’m fatigued and stressed from work, I eat very poorly. It’s so easy to eat the sodium-filled instant ramens and sweet chocolates to fuel my energy than to actually cook a decent meal. For 2018, I’ll be adopting a healthier diet by meal prepping during the weekends.
  • Eating Out Less – Eating out can be really expensive, but it can also be very unhealthy. After I finish a meal at a restaurant, my mouth immediately feels parched and dry – they’ve used MSG in their foods. One definite pro of cooking for yourself is that you know what you’re putting into your body.

 

Okay guys, that’s pretty much it for my 2018 New Year Resolutions. What are your resolutions for this year? Any new changes you want to make? Please share them in the comments down below.

Cheers,
Alice

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Key to happiness? Gratitude.

Key to happiness? Gratitude.

Hey guys! For those of you who celebrate Turkey Day – HAPPY BELATED THANKSGIVING! Let’s all take this as a reminder to be thankful 365 days out of the year, not just a couple days. 😉

My life is definitely not perfect, but compared to a couple of years ago, I’m doing a lot better. Back then, I wasn’t straying from the path getting distracted hardcore partying, drinking, etc.; instead, I was on the opposite end of the life spectrum. I was trying way too hard to be perfect with EVERYTHING.

So here I was on this self-destructive journey where I would try to work really hard in short bursts of motivation and energy. Little did I know that life isn’t a race, it’s truly a marathon. After a couple of months I would burn out, crash, and have to reset. It became a repeating pattern. I felt like I couldn’t even stop to smell the roses, look up at the sky, or take a deep breath in; it always felt like I was running against the clock.

I am now trying to break that bad habit by keeping a journal. It has pushed me to slow down in life and give me time to reflect on all the things I do have…instead of always focusing on what I don’t have.

Just three things that I’m grateful for. On bad days, I’m merely grateful that I have the knowledge that ‘this too shall pass’. On good days, I’m grateful for everything – that I’m alive, that I got to see the sun, drive around in my beautiful car, etc.

In addition, because I can have a defeatist attitude at times, I write down three things I accomplished that day. It can be the simplest of tasks, such as: I woke up early today! I washed the dishes. I went grocery shopping instead of eating out. Or it can be big things: I finally turned in that document I’ve been working on for weeks. I paid off all my debt. I forgave someone who really hurt me in my life.

Sometimes there’s no better cheerleader than yourself. It’s so healthy for our souls when we step back and are grateful; it’s also very healthy to give yourself a mental pat on the back.

Do you keep a gratitude journal? How do you battle your own blues in your life? 😉

Cheers,
Alice