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What do you do when you're feeling burnt-out?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 26, 2010 at 10:01 PM

What sort of self-care do you employ, both paleo and non-paleo?

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on December 13, 2011
at 11:17 PM

sounds good to me too, anyone want to do it with me?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on December 13, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Meh, that's just defeatist. Face your problems face on and kick'em in the jimmy! Hard!

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:23 PM

I only just discovered Angry Birds on my Kindle while waiting at the doc's office. Total stress release, but those damn pigs...

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:57 PM

@DAVE: How long ago and was it in retrospect a good idea?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:27 PM

Ah, to sleep! Perchance to dream.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I've done just that.

Fa361df4b3f2d5aa13aa6a73dbf8d88b

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on April 05, 2011
at 04:37 AM

I wish angry birds was relaxing for me :s

Fa361df4b3f2d5aa13aa6a73dbf8d88b

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Sounds like a dream to me.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on October 28, 2010
at 05:57 PM

Throw in some epsom salts and count me in!

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D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

(821)

on October 28, 2010
at 03:40 PM

Quit job. Sell all possessions. Move to another town.

Fa361df4b3f2d5aa13aa6a73dbf8d88b

(152)

on April 05, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Sounds like a dream to me.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 13, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I've done just that.

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on December 13, 2011
at 08:57 PM

@DAVE: How long ago and was it in retrospect a good idea?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on December 13, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Meh, that's just defeatist. Face your problems face on and kick'em in the jimmy! Hard!

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on December 13, 2011
at 11:17 PM

sounds good to me too, anyone want to do it with me?

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on October 28, 2010
at 12:07 AM

Non-paleo - Two words: Angry Birds. Sends you into this zen-like trance of low-level concentration and relative tranquility (except when those smug piggies grin at your failed attempts...).

Caveat: Angry Birds is not great for reducing blue light and getting more sleep. Also avoid making stupid mistakes: don't play Angry Birds while walking or driving. :-D

Also, for a paleo approach, as others mentioned: long hot baths and a good night's sleep can fix just about anything. Except, you know, when you're the parent of young children, and such luxuries seem light years away. :-p

Fa361df4b3f2d5aa13aa6a73dbf8d88b

(152)

on April 05, 2011
at 04:37 AM

I wish angry birds was relaxing for me :s

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on December 13, 2011
at 09:23 PM

I only just discovered Angry Birds on my Kindle while waiting at the doc's office. Total stress release, but those damn pigs...

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 26, 2010
at 10:52 PM

warm bath is rare but makes all things OK. Laying low and watching a few good dvds is sometimes nice when the energy levels are low.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on October 28, 2010
at 05:57 PM

Throw in some epsom salts and count me in!

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2f653fa504adc81612619106e7d1f65e

on October 26, 2010
at 10:35 PM

Sleep is the cure-all for everything imho :-). Also some meditation, reading, CANDLES! Something about candles and a warm fire in the fireplace. Occasional glass of wine...a massage. Oh foot massages are the best.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 13, 2011
at 08:27 PM

Ah, to sleep! Perchance to dream.

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B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on October 26, 2010
at 10:47 PM

I stop training/lifting for a week and just go on walks instead. Go to bed early and get alot of sleep. Natural Calm and chamomile tea to relax. Spend time with good friends in light hearted situations. Meditation.

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on December 13, 2011
at 09:26 PM

"I feel burned out due to...."

Take a rest (break) from whatever follows "due to."

Sometimes, as easy as resting, sleeping, taking a bath or a walk.

Sometimes harder, like when what follows "due to" is "my whole freaking life."

It sometimes feels that way.

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on December 13, 2011
at 08:22 PM

A lot of social animals use grooming as a way to soothe others. You could have a loved-one give you a massage or brush your hair. Or you could self-groom by taking a bath, doing your hair, painting your nails, etc. I notice that when I take some time for myself to primp/preen, I have a general increase in feeling important/valued. I've also seen horses and dogs act in a similar way when groomed and "dolled up".

I also find hiking and camping to be rejuvenating.

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A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

on October 26, 2010
at 11:45 PM

Lessee.. Lately, not sitting - I'm trying to get away from too much sitting/slouching in my life. Or at least using a stability ball for better sitting posture and freedom of movement. Simple joint mobility routines. Relaxation breathing is good (filling the abdomen, 4 seconds breathing in, hold 3 seconds, 8 seconds breathing out, just focus on the breathing). Reading. Not really reading junk, stuff that's informative or helpful but also interesting and/or entertaining, like a good history book on a place or time you know very little about. A spoon scoop of almond butter to keep me level between meals. Magnesium supplement at night (better sleep for me). A couple of shots of good quality espresso. A glass of single malt scotch, yum. Calling up someone I haven't talked to in a while to check in and catch up.

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D05e94d3fa7fbf32eb56445ad932f654

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on October 26, 2010
at 10:20 PM

I have a big book of quotations, which can be a fun, thought-provoking read, especially when I'm under stress.

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Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on October 26, 2010
at 10:15 PM

Rest, basically. Flop down with a book or laptop, and/or nap/get to be early that night.

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Ccdf3fbcaec76e025ff94d03cc4daf9a

on December 13, 2011
at 10:23 PM

Yoga, of all kinds!

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C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

on December 13, 2011
at 08:59 PM

Drive to the beach and take a LONG walk in the coast range with my dogs. Works every time.

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699d8d5bb5d186c23c79aef4f7bf1145

on October 28, 2010
at 05:49 PM

Contrast showers. I don't know how I made it so long without these. Go as hot as you can stand and count to a hundred then as cold as you can stand and count to a hundred. Repeat several times. If you have access an ice bath and hot bath this is even better. Throw in lots of sleep, some extra fat, and some natural calm and you are good to go.

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958a4be92e42282c36d7b1bdc01d0cdf

on October 27, 2010
at 10:40 PM

Burnt out in general or while starting the paleo diet? If the latter, I started taking zinc and magnesium supplements and I rarely feel lethargic anymore.

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on October 26, 2010
at 11:01 PM

Going to the hot tubs! Hmm what else... massage, bellydance, watching a really good movie, doing a fun (usually tech-related) personal project.

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