She also ran through ten ways in which she incorporated this tip into her daily life and how it made things a lot easier.
Every once in a while, we all get burnt out due to the hectic lifestyle we've adopted as a society. However, we often don't know how to deal with such moments or even the days of misery we experience now and then. To help with just that, Gabriela (@gabriela_flax) posted a video on TikTok talking about one of the best pieces of advice she has received to overcome burnout. She begins her video by saying, "The best burnout advice I ever got was 'be boring.'" Such a small phrase but it makes so much sense when she explains how it has helped her. She explains in her video that on days when she's at the peak of her burnout, doing the seemingly simple things in life also becomes a hassle and feels like a tiresome trek up a mountain.
She elaborates that this often happens because, during our burnouts, the part of our brain that makes decisions is offline. So something as simple as deciding what to eat for lunch also becomes impossible to figure out. She says she has 10 ways to "be boring" that make it easier to recover from burnout. As per her first tip, she shares that she has a fixed "inside" and "outside" outfit ready at all times, which she's comfortable in. She goes a step further to ensure she has a few sets of those same clothes so that on days things aren't great - deciding what to wear is the least of your problems. The second tip is to have basic disposable cutlery in your kitchen at all times because, at some point in our lives, we've all avoided eating due to the worry of needing to do the dishes later. This hack eliminates the problem and is also a great tip for when you host parties!
The next trick in her book is to have a morning or nighttime skincare routine of two steps max. Because let's be real, no one has it in them to be able to do 10 steps of skincare when even stepping out of bed is a task. Plus, not doing it would just feel worse. So cut the problem at its root. Next, have a clean clothes bin in your room next to your laundry bin. This will allow you to keep your space clean on days you don't have the energy to fold your clothes and put them away.
The fifth tip is to either delete social media apps or at least disable the notifications from these applications for a bit. For anything important, people will call. Doing this will grant you some much-needed peace and time to rejuvenate. The sixth tip she says, is to "order a ready-cooked meal delivery service to come once a week." Not only will this allow you to not waste energy in the decision-making process, but also ensures that you're well-fed at a time when you're running low on energy.
The seventh tip she shares is to delete Gmail from your phone. She says, "Checking emails after hours can lead to deciding if we should work after hours. For 99% of jobs, it can wait until tomorrow." And honestly? She isn't wrong. Next, she recommends automating bill payments. This takes away the stress about paying your bills on time and also gives you a better idea about your spending habits.
The second-last tip is to have a comfortable TV show to go back to every time you're burnt out so that you can avoid the whole stress of deciding what to watch. Lastly, she says that having an automatic Amazon shipment for basic home items like toilet paper, shampoo, dog food, etc can allow you to avoid deciding when you need to go to the shop because things will keep showing up around the time you'll need it.
Lastly, she asks people who might be experiencing burnout to just give themselves space. The key is to avoid variety and make minimum decisions. This energy you save can help you feel better sooner. The comment section loved these tips and made sure to express that too. @rashminieperera said, "All of these things are so real. When you see influencers posting 10-step skincare routines and balanced diet and all that just makes you feel even worse. I’ve realized just getting up and brushing my teeth, keeping my things a bit organized helped." @baberaham___lincoln mentioned how this is good for neurodivergent and said, "My ADHD does this to me all the time. I get stuck in ADHD paralysis for days. These are great tips!!"