Burnout Solution 1: The walk

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

There are plenty of causes to burnout and you will have to give a lot of attention to all of them. But if there is anything that my experience has taught me, is that battling the symptoms can be just as effective as finding the causes. So for this first solution blog we will focus on the simplest yet – for me – most effective way to treat yourself successfully: the walk.

Going for a walk, even a very short one, does something super positive for your body. It immediately reduces burnout symptoms related to your stress hormones, simply by moving. Being outside is beneficial for you too, rain or shine. Plus, it is a forward motion that triggers your mind to think and feel forward.

I am aware that even going out is hard for some of you guys and girls reading this. The

advice I can give you here is to think of it, as the Japanese tend to do: Kaizen. The

practice of Kaizen is to always take very small steps towards a bigger goal. In the book

we call it ‘a thousand tiny steps’. This means that even taking a stroll around your house

is already an option!

I too found it very hard to go out. I took five to ten minute walks because I couldn’t do

much more before the stress caught up with me. Yet I kept going out. These days I walk for

hours on end. So give this a go, see if it suits you. We’ll be back for more solutions on these pages that will enable you to restart.

And take it easy. Love.