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30 Best Motivational Quotes When You Are Burned Out



Burnout is the thing that you should avoid at all costs whether it be in your work or studies. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Burnout was defined as an “occupational phenomenon” and is defined with three factors:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
  • reduced professional efficacy.

In today’s work from home setup, stress has become a major factor affecting the regular worker’s performance. This is because they don’t just have to think about their current work, they are also bombarded with different distractions and obligations in their homes. Not only that but there is a psychological effect on our temporal boundaries which is why the concept of work and rest is blurred.

To help combat your burnout, here are the 30 best motivational quotes to reassure you

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“Just because you take breaks doesn’t mean you’re broken.”
― Curtis Tyrone Jones

“As helpers, we often feel the need to see our impact in tangible, measurable ways. We allow negative language into our head about the “broken system;” we look through a lens of “it doesn’t matter, I can’t make a difference”. These ideas are surely contributing to our burnout.”
― Jenn Bruer

“Raise your hand if you’ve asked yourself, How much more do I have to do before I’ve done enough? How much of myself do I have to give? How smoothly do I have to polish myself before I can move through the world without friction?”
― Emily Nagoski

“Burnout is the result of too much energy output and not enough energy self-invested. In other words, it’s burning too much fuel than you’ve put in your tank.”
― Melissa Steginus

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“It takes wisdom to gain wealth without losing health.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“It helps to sometimes take a break by resting on your laurels.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Dear Stress, I would like a divorce. Please understand it is not you, it is me.”
― Thomas E. Rojo Aubrey’

“Relaxing brings weakness, when done by a muscle; but brings strength, when done by a person.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“But sometimes you’re aiming for a clearly defined, concrete goal that can’t be redefined. For these, you will need a nonstandard relationship with failing. You may do all the things you’re supposed to do, without getting where you’re trying to go, only to end up somewhere else pretty amazing. Or, as Douglas Adams’s character Dirk Gently puts it, “I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere that I needed to be.” Widen your focus to see the inadvertent benefits you stumble across along the way.”
― Emily Nagoski

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“It is rest, not a vacation, that is a biological need.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The moral of the story is: We thrive when we have a positive goal to move toward, not just a negative state we’re trying to move away from.”
― Emily Nagoski

“….there was always a way to get through a difficulty. If you just keep swimming, you’ll find your way. And when your brain wants to give up because there’s no land in sight, you keep swimming, not because you’re certain swimming will take you where you want to go, but to prove to yourself that you can still swim.”
― Emily Nagoski

“As Aristotle said, ‘Excellence is a habit.’ I would say furthermore that excellence is made constant through the feeling that comes right after one has completed a work which he himself finds undeniably awe-inspiring. He only wants to relax until he’s ready to renew such a feeling all over again because to him, all else has become absolutely trivial.”
― Criss Jami

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“Burnout…occurs because we’re trying to solve the same problem over and over.”
― Susan Scott

“While burnout obviously has something to do with stress, overdoing things, not being centred, and not listening to yourself or your body, one of the deepest contributors to burnout, I believe, is the deep disappointment of not living up to your true calling, which is to help.”
― Jenn Bruer

“A happy and productive person is one who understands that his or her job is not the purpose of his or her life. Go on vacation, use up your sick days, ask for a temporary leave-of-absence—anything that allows you to recharge your batteries away from your typical routine. No leave, no life.”
― Del Suggs

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“We all crash and burn. Some of us just burn a little brighter.”
― Curtis Tyrone Jones

“Burnout is a war that must be won on two fronts.”
― Jeanine Joy

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
― John Lubbock

“The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever.”
― May Sarton

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
― Maya Angelou

“Later on in life, you expect a bit of rest, don’t you? You think you deserve it. I did, anyway. But then you begin to understand that the reward of merit is not life’s business.”
― Julian Barnes

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“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”
― Alan Cohen

“First and foremost, if we maintain healthy emotional boundaries and direct love and kindness inwards, we are taking care of ourselves and secondly we are giving a subliminal message to others about how we wish to be treated. People tend to subconsciously treat us how we treat ourselves.”
― Christopher Dines

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“By refreshing our sense of belonging in the world, we widen the web of relationships that nourishes us and protects us from burnout.”
― Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone

“Burnout can be defined as a loss of enthusiasm, energy, idealism, perspective, and purpose; it has been described as trying to run a marathon at full speed. It’s often the mothers who care the most who are the most prone to burnout.”
― Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

“Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.”
― Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“6 Ways To Give Your Mind A Break:

1. Stop stressing
2. Stop worrying
3. Give rest to the problems weighing you down
4. Lighten up
5. Forgive yourself
6. Forgive others”
― Germany Kent

“To rest was to receive all aspects of the world without judgment. A bath in the sea, a fuck with a soldier who never knew your name. Tenderness toward the unknown and anonymous, which was tenderness to the self.”
― Michael Ondaatje

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“As important as it is to have a plan for doing work, it is perhaps more important to have a plan for rest, relaxation, self-care, and sleep.”
― Akiroq Brost

Burnout may cripple some of us in a standstill but the important thing that this can only be a phase. Find more motivational quotes on success and leadership here. 


I'm Nikos Alepidis, blogger at motivirus. I'm passioned for all things related to motivation & personal development. My goal is to help and inspire people to become better.

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