Lakeshore runs (and other ways LoSassins avoid burnout)

Published August 25, 2016 7:10 pm by LoSasso
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Summer’s end marks the unwelcome close of vacation season, a stressful start to next year’s planning and an overwhelming reminder that life is about to get a lot busier. As daylight hours start to decrease, long weekends wind down and summer weather fades away, burnout—defined as a physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress—starts to feel inevitable.

No matter what your workload is like, there are always times when you need to take a step back and refuel. The key to doing that is making time for the things you love. Sometimes, that means prioritizing yourself over your work—and that’s ok.

When I start to feel the sense of exhaustion that tends to creep in this time of year, there are a few things that help me reset and restore my energy without fail:

  • Lakeshore runs. Chicago has some of the best architecture—and views—in the country. On the days I feel like I’m moving in a million different directions, going for a run on the Chicago Lakefront Trail takes my mind off of work and serves as a stress reliever like no other.
  • Yoga. When my mind is racing after a particularly challenging day at work, a hot yoga class clears my head and gets me back in the zone, making the next day in the office more manageable. Luckily for me, if I can’t make it to a studio during a super busy week, we can usually convince our resident yogi Kara Schmidt to lead a class in the office.
  • Traveling. If I’m feeling particularly stuck in a rut, traveling to visit friends, exploring a new town or just getting away from it all is a true lifesaver. Disconnecting for days at a time is like hitting an internal reset button. And nothing makes me appreciate my everyday life more than escaping it for a while.

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Here are some methods other LoSassins have for de-stressing:

  • “Get away from any connected device for the weekend and enjoy some nature. If you play an instrument, jam for a few hours, if you don’t, crank some music and sing along. Don’t check social media, avoid the news at all costs and if you read, make it light fiction. Spend an hour quietly thinking about the many ways you are fortunate so you can try to look at your stress from a different perspective.” – Scott LoSasso, president
  • “Photography. I like to wander downtown and get shots of architecture and take some time on the weekends to get away from the city and just shoot. I’m starting to get into astrophotography now, too, although that’s a lot harder being by a big, bright city.” – Derek Anderson, online marketing specialist (check out his Instagram)
  • “Going ‘off the grid’ by 8 p.m. every night helps me tremendously. Avoiding texting, email, Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook for the night allows me live in the present and not have a technology hangover the next day.” – Andrea Gillespie, PR manager
  • “I like to take weekend mini-trips to the great outdoors to go hiking. My favorite places are Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin and Matthiessen State Park in Illinois.” – Jim Horst, IT specialist
  • “Picking one day a week to leave work on time and do something you really enjoy—whether it’s dinner with friends or a good bottle of wine and reality TV.” – Kara Schmidt, sr. account manager
  • “I build something with Legos—I’m a gigantic kid.” – Steve Weiss, art director
  • “Wine, bourbon, more wine. ;)” – Rebecca King, accounting and finance manager
  • “I like to de-stress by cooking. I really like to nourish myself with good food and a good glass of wine. It just melts my stress away. And I think it provides some confirmation that maybe work was a giant mess … But I just cooked the hell out of this roast, so I’m a functioning adult on at least some level.” – Anna Brennan, production designer

So, next time you’re feeling too worn down to give your best every day, take a second to think about what fuels you—and make time for it.