How to Prevent Burnout While Figuring Out WTF to Do With Your Life

How to Prevent Burnout While Figuring Out WTF to Do With Your Life

If you overload yourself too much, it's going to lead to burn out. So how do you take a break from figuring out your life to recharge enough to get back in the saddle?

So, you’re trying to figure out What the Fuck Do I Do With Your Life?!

You might be researching all over the internet, taking in every resource you can to give yourself an idea of what you want to do as a career, have as a life goal, or just what you want to do to make yourself happy in the long run.

The first day or so you might be really excited, motivated, and genuinely interested in soaking up all the information you can find. That’s great! The next day you might be just as excited and motivated, but it might wane a little bit near the end of the day.

Now you’re on to day three and four. Your motivation is slowing down and you’re not as excited… See where I’m getting at?

If you overload yourself too much, it’s going to lead to burn out.

So how do you take a break from figuring out your life to recharge enough to get back in the saddle?

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Go Outside

This is the biggest and probably most important break you should have even if you aren’t heading towards a burnout overload.

Being outside has so many benefits from feeling happier to improving concentration. Fresh air is always a good thing to have in your life more than just on your daily commute to and from work.

My workplace tends to do at least one walk a day, around 3PM. There’s only a handful of us in the home office so the 5-7 of us will get outside and walk around the parking lot for some fresh air, a break from staring at a computer screen for hours on end, and to have a little bit of down time before we get back into things again. It’s a good day if we can get two walks in, but we usually aim for at least one.


Turn Off Your Electronics

If you’re like me or most people living in 2019, you’re probably constantly connected to the internet or an electronic device at all times.

For me it’s true. I’m on a computer all day, and half of what I do involves social media, so I’m on social media for hours a day, then I go home and either watch some YouTube or research about growing and enhancing my blog (*hint* there might be some new things happening with the blog in the new year!) or I’ll watch a college basketball game on ESPN online. If I’m not watching something, I’d be playing video games. So my face is almost always in a screen.

If you’re trying to figure your life out, you’re most likely researching, reading blogs, or articles, or anything else you can get your hands on. So take a break and turn off your electronics for a while.

Giving yourself an electronic break can be stimulating to your creative juices, that you’ll need to brainstorm where you want to go in life.

So go for a walk, play with your pet (if you have one), talk to a friend or family member in person. Do something that gets your face away from that blue light that keeps you up at night.


Read an Interesting Book

What I mean by that, is something that isn’t related to figuring out your life.

I’m an unintentional hoarder of self-help books. I never go out meaning to buy them, but somehow I tend to accumulate them to the point where I have far more books that I haven’t read than those I have.

Find a book in your bookshelf or at your local library that interests you that isn’t related to finding your way in life. Find a non-fiction book, a biography, a science fiction or fantasy book you’ve had your eye on for a while.

You’ve been spending however long with one thing in mind “what do I do with my life?” but after a while, you’re going to burn out. So give your mind something else to entertain itself with and calm down from all the hard work you’re doing!

If you’re looking for a sci-fi book, I recommend Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow, however I highly suggest you buy this book second hand as the author is a bit of a prick.


Take a Day for Yourself

Take a day an do whatever it is you want to do. Pamper yourself! Go see a movie! take a long bath, or even just sleep in a little bit.

Giving yourself a self-care day where you pamper yourself some time to relax. Giving your mind a break will help you compartmentalize everything you’ve already put into your brain. It’s like what happens when you go to sleep and your brain uses the time to deal with the day.

Need ideas on what to do with your day? Check out some of my other posts:

You can give yourself the day to relax and recharge before getting back onto the internet and researching what you want to do with your life.


How to Prevent Burnout While Figuring Out WTF to Do With Your Life // If you overload yourself too much, it's going to lead to burn out.  So how do you take a break from figuring out your life to recharge enough to get back in the saddle?



Figuring out what you want to do with your life is tough. Trust me, I spent decades trying to figure that out myself and I only have somewhat of an answer and I’m 30! So giving yourself a break to prevent burn out is essential to living a healthy life while researching your different options.

  • Take a break and go outside for some fresh air. You’ve been inside for… how long now? It would be nice to see the sun and sky IRL instead of through a window.
  • Turn off your electronics and give your eyes and brain a rest from the constant stimulation you get from those things. Maybe get yourself a nice cup of tea? 🙂 
  • Read something that doesn’t have to do with your research. Preferably in physical form instead of an ebook, but ebooks work too.
  • Take a break and relax. Your brain needs time to recoup from all that information you’re shoving in it! Taking a day to pamper yourself is the reward for all that hard work you’re doing! 

If you don’t take a break and start to burn out, you just might experience one of these 5 Existential Crises You’ll Go Through Before You’re 30.


Have you figured out what you want to do with your life? Have you ever experienced burn out from trying to figure out what you want your life to be like? Let me know in the comments below!


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