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40 Ways To Make Your Pumpkin Recipes Stand Out

40 Ways To Make Your Pumpkin Recipes Stand Out

Pumpkin is the dish that fits for all occasions. You can have pumpkin recipes as appetizers, main dish, desserts and also as beverages. Rich in vitamins, they have great nutritious value as well.

In this article, we present you with 40 awesome pumpkin recipes, which will surely make your day, if not the mealtime good.

1. Pumpkin spice roasted chickpeas

    This recipe contains chickpeas, maple syrup, coconut oil and nutmegs. It’s a great way to start your meal. It’s crunchy and really delicious. Cinnamon and ginger are also added to this dish, which provide it with a wonderful aroma. (Click here to view recipe.)

    2. Pumpkin spice granola

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      Pumpkin spice granola is a crunchy delicious granola and healthy one as well. This wonderful snack is flavored with pumpkin, spices, brown sugar and pumpkin seeds. You can treat yourself with this dish in all sorts of ways. You can have it right out of bowl, sprinkle it on yogurt or use it as topping over oatmeal. (Click here to view recipe.)

      3. Skinny pumpkin spice brownies

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        They have delicious pumpkin flavor and in spite of being delicious and sweet, are pretty low in calories. They don’t need oil and butter and have their own unique sweet-tooth satiating flavor and smoothness. They are not very hard to prepare as well, requiring very few ingredients. (Click here to view recipe.)

        4. Pumpkin and potato gratins with gruyere and sage

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          This particular recipe is perfect in all the cooler months. Potato gratins in themselves are great dish, containing lots of cream and cheese. Addition of pumpkin enriches the taste of the dish and makes it even better. (Click here to view recipe.)

          5. Nutella-covered pumpkin crepes

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            This dish is pretty simple and quick to make as well as delicious. Savory crepes are prepared by first preparing plain crepes and later stuffing them with additional ingredients. You can have various types of toppings and fillings in this dish. (Click here to view recipe.)

            6. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie overnight oats

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              Pumpkin chocolate-chip flavored cookie overnight oats are simple to prepare and don’t take much time to put together either. They are packed with protein, contain actual chocolate chips mixed in them and have great flavor of pumpkin. (Click here to view recipe.)

              7. Chocolate pumpkin Halloween cookies

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                This recipe is the perfect one for the occasion of Halloween. The cookies fit the occasion perfectly well with their black and orange color. They are wonderful to look at and delicious to eat as well. This wonderful treat doesn’t require many ingredients as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

                8. Pumpkin brioche bread with chocolate swirl

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                  This is a pretty simple recipe to make. It’s filled with slushy chocolate and the only difficult part is in letting it rise for 2 hours. This large buttery bread is gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat. However, you have to be careful in not over mixing the dough ingredients.(Click here to view recipe.)

                  9. Cheesy butternut gratin

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                    Cheesy butternut gratin requires one small peeled butternut squash. Loaded with heavy cream, it tastes incredible. Salt and pepper make the taste tantalizing. Cheddar cheese and pine nuts leave that appealing aftertaste, which make you want this dish more. (Click here to view recipe.)

                    10. Vegan pumpkin spice baked doughnuts

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                      These doughnuts are healthy and appetizing but you’re susceptible to obesity with them as you’re likely to go on consuming them one after another. They are soft, moist and lovely, and full of pumpkins, further enhanced with a maple pumpkin spice finish. (Click here to view recipe.)

                      11. Boozy pumpkin pie milkshake

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                        This one is an incredible pie, which you can drink. You don’t have to spend more than an hour to bake it but you can have a pie to treat yourself after all. Each sip of this ice-cold dessert has a creamy and spicy texture, which will do wonders for your palate. (Click here to view recipe.)

                        12. Baked pumpkin doughnut holes

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                          Technically, these are mini muffins but they taste like doughnut holes. Baked and not fried, they are soft and have fiery pumpkin flavor, which tastes really nice. They are pretty easy to make and perfect way to treat friends and relatives, and of course yourselves during the fall. (Click here to view recipe.)

                          13. Whole wheat pumpkin pecan pancakes

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                            These delicious pancakes are made with white whole wheat flour, pumpkin spice and puree and pecans. Perfect as a breakfast dish, particularly if you are feeling lazy, these are must have dish during pumpkin seasons. (Click here to view recipe.)

                            14. Pumpkin-shrimp bruschetta

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                              Pumpkin-shrimp bruschetta brings the grandeur of seafood with vegetables. Perfect as an appetizer, this dish contains smashed goat cheese, arugula, Italian vinaigrette salad dressing and Parmesan cheese. (Click here to view recipe.)

                              15. Pumpkin doughnut muffins

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                                Pumpkin doughnut muffins taste like cake doughnuts and have crusty outsides, formed by a coating of melted better. With tender insides of cake, coupled with sweet crunchy topping that melts in mouth, they are absolute delight. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                16. Baked pumpkin oatmeal cups

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                                  This pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe is one perfect and healthy recipe, containing chocolate chips and pumpkin pie spice. They are very easy to prepare and also quite easy to store. You should try these delicious treats, perfect for fall seasons. (Click here to view recipe.)

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                                  17. Pumpkin banana bread

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                                    Pumpkin banana breads are healthy breads and rather easy to make as well. They are very moist and look wonderful, when topped with pumpkin spiced cream cheese. They are basically the improvisation of banana nut bread recipe. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                    18. Pumpkin cannelloni with sage brown-butter sauce

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                                      This cannelloni recipe contains three different varieties of pumpkin, peeled ones, seeded ones and chopped ones. Containing grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and lasagna sheets, they are perfect recipe to please your kinsfolks. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                      19. Pumpkin scones

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                                        A major improvisation over actual scones, pumpkin scones taste terrific. They contain cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, providing them with fine smoothness and aroma. They also require unsalted butter, brown sugar and canned pumpkin puree.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                        20. Pull-apart cinnamon sugar pumpkin bread

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                                          You can prepare many great recipes, baking pumpkin. Pull-apart cinnamon sugar pumpkin breads are another on that list. The light yeasted dough gives one reminiscence of doughnut and it’s not that difficult to prepare as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                          21. Pumpkin no bake energy bites

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                                            This recipe can serve a lot of different purposes. They can be used as breakfasts, snacks and even desserts. They are rich in nutrients and very easy to make at homes. They are perfect way to enjoy fall seasons, full of pumpkins and fun.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                            22. Pumpkin tortellini

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                                              Pumpkin tortellini requires butternut squash filled pasta, mascarpone and heavy cream. This is a quite new recipe and full of nutrients. This recipe is a little difficult to prepare but is surely a delightful way to serve your appetite during dinner. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                              23. Sour cream pumpkin coffee cake

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                                                This wonderful coffeecake, with the layer of pumpkin and streusel glaze, may require a long list of ingredients. It requires whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree, ginger, cloves and nutmegs amongst other ingredients. But it’s not actually that difficult to make. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                24. Pumpkin roll

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                                                  For the cake part of pumpkin roll, you need pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree while for the filling, you need cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar. This is a great recipe for season of pumpkins and looks very elegant as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                  25. Pumpkin torte

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                                                    This layered cake is beautiful to look at and has a buttery filling with a mild pumpkin aroma and a little spice. The finish is excellent with nuts and caramel topping and it doesn’t take very long time to prepare either. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                    26. Pumpkin fried rice

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                                                      Pumpkin fried rice is certain to brighten up any dinner table. It looks cute and is perfect for festive occasions. It’s better to look for small sugar pumpkins that are sweet and great for cooking and baking purposes instead of regular flavorless pumpkins. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                      27. Pumpkin cheesecake shooters

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                                                        Pumpkin cheesecake shooters are perfect to treat your folks. They contain chocolate graham crackers, fat cream cheese and canned pumpkin. Containing only natural ingredients, they are a dish you should try on seasons of pumpkin. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                        28. Pumpkin cheesecake crescent rolls

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                                                          These are impeccable breakfast for frosty mornings. They are very easy to make and exceptionally delicious to eat. They look wonderful as well, especially if you brush them with butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                          29. Pumpkin French toast bake

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                                                            Traditional French toasts themselves are so good. But adding the goodness of pumpkin to that to make pumpkin French toast bake is an absolute delight. If you want the toast to soak up plenty of pumpkin, it would be better to make it the day before and bake it in the morning. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                            30. Pumpkin hazelnut flaugnarde

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                                                              This is a simple French custard like dessert, which is best when served warm. It is deliciously sweet, containing agave and toasted hazelnuts. A wonderful alternative to pumpkin pie, this is also a great way to end a Thanksgiving feast. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                              31. Cranberry pumpkin seed granola

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                                                                There are quite a few variations of dried fruits that work just fine for this recipe. However, green pumpkin seeds and red cranberries are used in the case of cranberry pumpkin seed granola. This is one wonderful treat to have during fall seasons. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                32. Caramel pumpkin Italian cream cake

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                                                                  This is a slight modification over conventional Italian cream cake recipe and a really good one. This uses pumpkin and contains slightly salted caramel filling. The cake is moist and a perfect way to treat your people during Thanksgiving.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                  33. Pumpkin Nutella snack cake

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                                                                    Pumpkin Nutella bread is one fabulous treat, perfect for use as snack. They are very easy to prepare and store. They can be stored for long periods of time as well. Although targeted primarily as snack, they are just fine for use as desserts as well. (Click here to view recipe.)

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                                                                    34. Pumpkin nut muffins

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                                                                      Fall is a perfect time for preparing muffins and pumpkin nut muffin is a great dish to spend your time and efforts for. They have abundance of pumpkin taste and are a great snack to have with a cup of tea or coffee. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                      35. Roasted pumpkin with shallots

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                                                                        This one is a pretty simple recipe to prepare and doesn’t look very appealing either. It’s not to say that it looks very bad. But in spite of appearing to be rather plain recipe, it’s perfect as a quick side dish. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                        36. Pumpkin quesadilla

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                                                                          Pumpkin quesadilla is a very light and delightful recipe. It doesn’t add up too many calories to your body. Yet, you won’t have the feeling of hunger for a very long time. It requires tortillas, pumpkin puree, shredded cheddar cheese and cumin and doesn’t take very long to prepare. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                          37. Roasted pumpkin and pomegranate salad with pumpkin seed oil vinaigrette

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                                                                            Requiring the preparing time of only 15 minutes and cooking time of 30 minutes, this is a recipe you should spend your time preparing. Preparing the vinaigrette part is slightly difficult but except for that, you won’t have much problems.(Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                            38. Pumpkin spice cream cheese

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                                                                              This is a great recipe for chilly weathers when the days are short. It brings the flavor of pumpkin cheesecake to your mornings. Giving you the feeling of having dessert for breakfast, this recipe doesn’t require too many ingredients to prepare either. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                              39. Pumpkin crescent rolls with honey butter

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                                                                                Pumpkin crescent rolls with honey butter won’t leave you empty for long periods. It needs canned pumpkin, ground cinnamon, whole wheat flour and butter to prepare. It’s a very good way to start your mornings. (Click here to view recipe.)

                                                                                40. Pumpkin walnut cheesecake

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                                                                                  A great dessert to have during Thanksgiving, this recipe is certainly delicious. The filling part requires cream cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon and ground cloves while topping is made of butter, brown sugar and walnuts. (Click here to view recipe.)

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                                                                                  Last Updated on October 12, 2020

                                                                                  How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

                                                                                  How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

                                                                                  Burnout at work is an issue that most people who suffer from it, suffer unknowingly.

                                                                                  Have you ever felt that you can’t start an assignment, have an immense urge to Netflix binge, or couldn’t get yourself to wake up on time even though you have a lot on your plate? The cause for these might be burnout.

                                                                                  According to Deloitte’s report, “many companies may not be doing enough to minimize burnout.” This is to say that the responsibility is not only on the employee. According to that report, nearly 70 percent of professionals feel their employers are not doing enough to prevent or alleviate burnout within their organization, and they definitely should.[1]

                                                                                  Too many companies don’t invest enough in creating a positive environment. One out of five (21%) said that their company does not offer any programs or initiatives to prevent or alleviate burnout. It is the culture, not the fancy well-being programs that would probably do the best work.

                                                                                  This is a significant problem for individuals and companies, and it’s also an issue on a macro level. A Stanford University research found that more than 120,000 deaths per year, and approximately 5%–8% of annual healthcare costs, are associated with the way U.S. companies manage their workforces.[2]

                                                                                  It is both the employee and the employer’s responsibility—and the latter can certainly take more responsibility.

                                                                                  In this article, I’ll guide you on how to know if you suffer from burnout and, more importantly, what you can do about it.

                                                                                  Who Are Prone to Burning Out?

                                                                                  For starters, it is a good thing to know that you’re in good company. According to a Gallup poll, 23% (of 7,500 surveyed) expressed burnout more often than not. Additionally, 44% felt it sometimes. Nearly 50% of social entrepreneurs who attended the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in 2018 reported having struggled with burnout and depression at some point.[3]

                                                                                  According to Statista (2017), 13% of adults reported having problems unwinding in the evenings and weekends. According to a Deloitte survey (consisting of 1,000 full-time U.S. employees), 77% of respondents said that they have experienced employee burnout at their current job.[4]

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                                                                                  Burnout is not only an issue of the spoiled first-world. Rather, it is a serious matter that must be taken care of appropriately. It affects so many people, and its impacts are just too significant to be ignored.

                                                                                  Some occupations are more prone to burnout, such as people who deeply care about their jobs more than others. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Passion-driven and caregiving roles such as doctors and nurses are some of the most susceptible to burnout.”

                                                                                  The consequences can have life or death ramifications as “suicide rates among caregivers are dramatically higher than that of the general public—40% higher for men and 130% higher for women”. It is also the case for teachers, non-profit workers, and leaders of all kinds.[5]

                                                                                  Deloitte’s survey also found that 91% say that they have an unmanageable amount of stress or frustration. Heck, 83% even say that it can negatively impact their relationships. Millennials are slightly more impacted by burnout (84% of Gen Y vs. 77% in other generations).

                                                                                  What Is Burnout Syndrome?

                                                                                  So, what is it, exactly? Burnout was officially included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and is an occupational phenomenon.

                                                                                  According to the World Health Organization, burnout includes three dimensions:[6]

                                                                                  1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
                                                                                  2. Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job;
                                                                                  3. Reduced professional efficacy.

                                                                                  The 5 Stages of Burnout

                                                                                  At this point, you must have a clue if you’re at risk of burnout. There are different methods for understanding where you are on the burnout syndrome scale, and one of the most common ones is the “five stages method.”

                                                                                  1. Honeymoon Phase

                                                                                  As you may remember If you’ve gotten married, there’s always the honeymoon phase. You’re so happy and feel almost invincible. You love your spouse and at this stage, you’re very excited about everything. It’s the same when it comes to taking on a new job or role or starting a new business.

                                                                                  At first, most of the time, you’re hyper-motivated. Although you might be able to notice signs of potential future burnout, in most cases, you might ignore them. You’re highly productive, super motivated, creative, and accept (and take) responsibility.

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                                                                                  The honeymoon phase is critical because if you plant the seeds of good mental health and coping strategies, you can stay at this phase for extended periods.

                                                                                  2. Onset of Stress

                                                                                  Let’s continue with the wedding metaphor. Now that you’re happily married for some time, you might start noticing certain issues with your spouse that you don’t like. You might have seen them before, but now they take up more space in your life.

                                                                                  You might be less optimistic and feel signs of stress or minor symptoms of physical or emotional fatigue at work. Your productivity reduces, and you think that your motivation is lower.

                                                                                  3. Chronic Stress

                                                                                  Let’s hope you don’t get there in your marriage, but unfortunately, some people get there. At this stage, your stress level is consistently high, and the other symptoms of stage 2 persist.

                                                                                  At this point, you start missing deadlines, your sleep quality is low, and you’re resentful and cynical. Your caffeine consumption might be higher, and you’re increasingly unsatisfied.

                                                                                  4. Burnout

                                                                                  This is the point where you can’t go on unless there is a significant change in your workspace environment. You have a strong desire to move to another place, and clinical intervention is sometimes required.

                                                                                  You feel neglected, your physical symptoms are increasing, and you get to a place where your stomach hurts daily. You might obsess over problems in your life or work and, generally speaking, you should treat yourself.

                                                                                  5. Habitual Burnout

                                                                                  This is the phase in which burnout is embedded in your life. You might experience chest pains or difficulty breathing, outbursts of anger or apathy, and physical symptoms of chronic fatigue.

                                                                                  The Causes of Burnout

                                                                                  So, now that we know how to identify our stage of burnout, we can move on to tackling its leading causes. According to the Gallup survey, the top burnout reasons are:[7]

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                                                                                  1. Getting unfair treatment at work – This is not always something that you can fully control. At the same time, you should remember that even if you’re not calling the shots, it doesn’t mean that you have to accept unfair treatment. The consequences mentioned above are just not worth it in most cases.
                                                                                  2. Workload – Another leading cause of stress according to dozens of interviews conducted before writing the article. According to Statista, in 2017, 39% of workers said a heavy workload was their leading cause of stress. We live in a busy work environment, and we will share some tips on how to manage that.
                                                                                  3. Not knowing your role – While not something you can fully control, you can, and probably should, take action to better define it with your boss.
                                                                                  4. Inadequate communication and support from your manager – Like the others above, you can’t fully control that, but as we’ll soon share, you can take action to be in better control.
                                                                                  5. Time pressure – As mentioned, motivated, passionate workers are more in danger of experiencing burnout. One of the reasons is that they’re pressuring themselves to do more, sometimes at the expense of their mental health. We’ll address how to work on that as well.

                                                                                  How to Overcome a Burnout

                                                                                  After going over the stages of burnout and the leading causes of becoming burned out, it might be a good time to let you know that there is a lot you can do to fight it head-on.

                                                                                  However, let’s start with what you should not do. Burnout cannot be fixed by going on a vacation. It should be a long-term solution, implemented daily.

                                                                                  According to Clockify (2019), these are the popular ways to avoid burnout:

                                                                                  1. Focus on your family life – 60% of adults said that stable family life is key to avoiding burnout. Maintaining meaningful relationships in your life is proven to reduce stress (instead of having many unmeaningful relationships).
                                                                                  2. Exercising comes in second, with 58% reporting that jogging, running, or doing any exercise significantly relieves stress. Even a relatively short walk might improve your body’s resilience to stress.
                                                                                  3. Seek professional advice – 55% say they would turn to a professional. There are online websites where you can speak with professionals at reduced costs.

                                                                                  Aside from the three most popular ways of avoiding burnout, you can also try the following:

                                                                                  1. Improve Time Management

                                                                                  Try understanding how you can use your time better and leave more time for relaxation. That’s easy to say (or write) but more challenging to implement. It would help if you started by prioritizing yourself. Understanding the connection between your values and your everyday tasks is a tremendous help. You can use proven methods to improve the relationship between your vision and goals to your daily life tasks’ lists. Check out the Horizons of Focus or V2MOM methods to get started.

                                                                                  2. Use the P.L.E.A.S.E. Method

                                                                                  The P.L.E.A.S.E. is a combination of things you should do to be at your best physically. It means Physical Illness (P.L.) prevention, Eat healthy (E), Avoid mood-altering drugs (A), Sleep well (S), and Exercise (E).

                                                                                  3. Prioritize

                                                                                  You don’t have to say yes to everything that comes across your way at work (or in other aspects of life). You’d be surprised how easy it can become once you start saying no. Some might even describe it as exhilarating.

                                                                                  4. Let Your Brain rest

                                                                                  Culturally, most of us are already wired to think that hard work is essential, and while that’s true in most cases, we sometimes forget that our brain needs to rest for it to recharge. Seven hours of sleep are essential (depending on your age). Meditation might be helpful, too.

                                                                                  5. Pay Attention to Positive Events

                                                                                  According to Therapistaid.com, we tend to focus on the bad things in our lives. However, by focusing on positive things, we can change our mindset. One way to practice this daily is by writing three good things about your life every morning or evening. It’s been scientifically proven that doing so for a few months can help rewire your brain.

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                                                                                  6. Take Some “You” Time

                                                                                  A Netflix binge is not always good for you, but it might be in some cases. The better the leisure time is, the better you’ll feel in the long term. It’s usually better to read a book or start a new hobby that requires more cognitive skills than just lying on the couch. But as long as you feel good watching a movie, that might be a good start.

                                                                                  7. New Technologies Might Be Helpful

                                                                                  There are tons of self-help apps such as Fabulous, Headspace (meditation), Noom (diet and exercise), and others. They’re good to use, but you should also be careful not to run away from your problems only to watch social media for hours. It’s not real, and no one’s life is perfect (even if their Facebook or Instagram feeds might seem so). You should also be aware not to be in an “always-on” mindset.

                                                                                  Bottom Line

                                                                                  Whether you’re at the first or the fifth stage of the burnout phases, the goal of this article is to show you that there are always ways to fight it. The first thing is self-awareness—knowing that there’s a problem. The second step is to decide what to do about it.

                                                                                  You can also consider using Lifehack’s community. You’re more than welcome to share your burnout story on our Facebook page.

                                                                                  Bonus: Rebound from Burnout in 8 Hours

                                                                                  Watch what you can do to rebound from burnout quickly in this episode of The Lifehack Show:

                                                                                  https://youtu.be/MNnyqQWK_zg

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Lechon Kirb via unsplash.com

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