Whether it's caused by work issues, stress at home, relationship challenges, money or a combination of all them, it can cause a frightening feeling of hopelessness!
Burnout often causes a feeling of numbness and not knowing how to get your life headed back in the right direction or ending up completely exhausted mentally, physically and spiritually. Take heart - hope is not lost! There are some strategies you can utilize to overcome or even avoid burnout, once and for all.
Try these techniques to get relief from burnout:
1. Don't blame yourself.
Life is hectic and stressful, especially with all the intense demands placed on our shoulders. If you're feeling burnt out, rather than blaming yourself, be proactive in getting back in the saddle so you can feel like yourself again.
Remember, you're in control of your destiny. Focus on what you can do, not what you think you should do.
2. Stop being so serious.
With the stress and responsibilities you carry on a daily basis, you may be in need of some plain ol' silly time. Release your inhibitions and have some fun! Whether it be dancing in your living room or swinging on the swings at a local park, take some time to find your inner child again. This will help you let go of your current stress level, even if it's just for a little while.
Making time to have fun will give you a chance to refocus and get your life and priorities back to where they need to be.
3. Stay healthy.
It's important to stay in peak physical condition when you're under constant stress. Eat many servings of fruits and vegetables, drink large amounts of water, and exercise.
Fit exercise into your busy schedule by making an appointment with yourself to exercise, and then keep your appointment! (a Life Coach can really help with this)
4. Improve your time management skills.
You may be burnt out because you're trying to fit a week's worth of stuff into a single day. Unfortunately, that's impossible! Learning how to budget the time in your day more effectively will relieve a lot of this time pressure and stress.
Good time management will lessen the feeling of being overwhelmed, as well as enable you to have the time you need to do what you want to do.
5. Get enough sleep.
This allows your body to rest, rejuvenate, and start the upcoming day with more energy. You can also deal with stressful situations better when you're alert and focused. If you adhere to the 8 hours per night rule, you'll find yourself more focused, levelheaded, and patient.
Final Thoughts on Burnout
No matter how you may try to sugar coat it, modern life isn't easy. It's no wonder that sometimes we feel like we can't juggle everything any more! Although these feelings are normal from time to time, they can escalate out of control.
Before we reach that point, it's important to get our lives back in the right direction. These burnout strategies and tips will enable you to better handle every-day stresses so you can enjoy all the amazing gifts life has to offer!
Recently, someone I know did... something. It wasn't immoral, illegal or mean, but for some reason it really got to me. I yacked to hubby about it and ranted about it out loud (yes, I do that) as I was picking up around the house. I did this for about a day.
Suddenly I remembered reading something I had read from Byron Katie about the 3 kinds of business and thought, "I'm in the wrong business!". End of ranting.
THEY ARE: Your Own Business, God's Business and Everyone Else's Business.
The only business you have any control over is your own. Nobody else's and certainly not God's. He's dealing with a hell of a lot more than you or I. When we're in someone else's business, there's no flow, no ease. We become agitated, maybe even angry and certainly judgemental. It mucks up our well-being.
Gossiping is one of the most common ways of being in someone else's business and so is thinking about it. Even if you never mention it to anyone else and only think it, you are still taking away from yourself.
After my little (ahem) rant, I asked myself "why am I so hot about this?" and made a few personal discoveries. When something ticks us off, it really has to do with us. So next time you find yourself hot under the collar about something, ask yourself whether it's your business or not and why you're giving it so much attention. You might discover something interesting!
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Last week a Facebook friend, whom I've never met, posted a long rant/message about her extreme dislike for our medical system because it hasn't helped her, as far as concrete solutions, other than pushing pills (oh doctors are so good at that aren't they?!), for her long list of ailments. While I was reading it I thought to myself how fortunate I was to have my health as well as pretty good medical care and attention when I've needed it. I get that everyone's experience is different.
I've had my fair share of physical issues including a four month stint where I couldn't stand or walk for more than 10 seconds because of a bulging disk and some spurs on my lower vertebrae. Not fun. Took a long time to get better, thanks to my willingness to try anything to relieve the pain, heal and get on with life. NOT because of the medical system.
Anywho! Many people commented on the said post offering suggestions and advice cuz we just love doing that, don't we? Soooooo.....I decided I would chime in with a solution to try because I whole-heartedly believe that there's a solution for every problem. I offered to send something to them to try on my dime. I believe that anything's worth a try when pain is getting in the way of living. Am I right?!
NOTHING! No response. No private message. Nothing. The comment thread had become somewhat of a chat as people were commenting and this person was responding to the various comments. Now I can't say for sure that they saw my comment offering help, but would find it hard to believe it wasn't seen. Believe me, I don't take it personally. It did, however, reinforce what I already know...
NOT EVERYONE WANTS HELP EVEN WHEN THEY SAY THEY DO AND COMPLAIN THEY AREN'T GETTING ANY!
I debated whether or not to comment again, private message them or do nothing. My undying need to help and reach out again was yelling at me and then I remembered that we can't make people do anything. All we can do is offer a suggestion and if they're open, yay! If not, don't take it personally and move on. Why? For one, it has nothing to do with you and has everything to do with their internal belief system. Second, changing it is up to them, not you.
For so many people, even though they hate where they are, they're comfortable there. They know what to expect. Being stuck is like a cozy blanket. They know how it feels, how to move around in it AND they've become an authority on their "issue" and we all like to think we're an authority on something!
Think of a time when someone suggested something to you and you weren't keen on it. What was your response? My suggestion? Thank the person for reaching out to help and tell them you'll consider it. It'll make you both feel better. At the very least it'll open the door to being open-minded.
Ever find yourself feeling too comfortable to a point where it doesn't serve you?
Is it time to throw off that comfy blanket?
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