Hi everyone! I’m back to you today with a new post. I wanted to share some of my outfits from my trip to Turks & Caicos as well as have a little chat about something I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while – the concept of burnout.
…But before we get into that let me talk to you first about the two outfits I’m sharing below. Both are from the new Caroline Flack X River Island collection and I’m really excited to share them with you. This is her second collection with the RI it’s a very fun one. Lots of colour and patterns. As you all know I love to keep my style quite minimal so when choosing from the collection I opted for pieces that best suited that. Like this black dress for example. In my eyes you can never have too many little black dresses and the pattern on this one makes it more unique. The fit is also great and really flattering.
And then for a more day-time look I went for these denim shorts and this silk shirt which is my favourite item of the three. The pale pink colour is perfect and so versatile for Summer. You can easily dress it up or wear it more casually like I did. Overall, really liking this collection! Let me know if you’ve picked up anything?
Here are some more items from the collection too:
…And now back to the ‘burnout chat’. So what exactly is it?
Burnout is defined as physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.
It’s something that is VERY common here in New York and something I’ve personally experienced first-hand on several occasions. I’m sure we all have, right? It seems that nowadays, a lot of us don’t even give ourselves time to think and process things. It’s just constant going going going and with the arrival of Summer, it’s only set to get busier with events, going out, weddings, etc.
It really is only when you allow yourself to stop for a moment that you realize. For example, it was only after coming back from our recent trip and feeling so recharged that I realized I was definitely suffering from it a little before we left. So in today’s post, I wanted to share four simple ways you can avoid burnout this Summer…
1.TIME OUT YOUR DAY
I don’t know about you but when I plan out and time my day in my google calendar I get so much more done. When I do this, I even slot in time for my lunch and the gym which probably seems a bit excessive but it really works. It ups my productivity levels and because of that, when it comes to 7 or 8pm I’m more than happy to switch off because I know that I have done enough. It’s not about being ‘busy’, it’s about being productive with your time.
2. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO
Summer comes with lots of events/parties/days out and it’s very hard to stay inside most of the time. There is always somewhere to go or someone to see and it can be hard to miss out on things thanks to FOMO. However, something I’ve learned is that it IS ok to say no. You don’t need to stretch yourself and be everywhere just because your friends or colleagues are. Know when to take a step back and choose where your energy goes wisely.
3. TAKE A GUILT FREE DAY OFF
In my industry and I’m sure in many others, it can be VERY hard to take a full day off. There is always that one picture to take, that video that I’ll just edit for a half hour or those two emails I’ll get back to real quick. Well next thing you know it’s Sunday evening and you haven’t taken any proper time away from work and it’s all about to start again tomorrow morning. So this Summer, I’m making it my mission to take actual time OFF. No excuses. I know for a fact it will help so much in the long run.
4. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF
And finally, in between the travels, the social outings, the work schedule… do not forget to squeeze in your workouts a few times a week, if even for 20 minutes (better than nothing), eat as well as you can when you have the opportunity and get enough sleep. I definitely went through a phase of not sleeping enough and trust me, it catches up on you. The better you are to your body, the better it will be to you.
As always, I really hope you found this post helpful and liked the outfits too. Also, don’t forget to catch up on my latest post where I’m giving you a full review of our trip just in case you missed it.
*A big thank you to River Island for sponsoring this post!