Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your life? You don’t feel like you are coping; You’re not enjoying your life and you’re stressed about all the things you still have to do.
This is a common phenomenon and can be treated by making different choices.
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BUT left untreated overwhelm can lead to burnout.
Burnout is serious.
How do you know if you’re shifting from overwhelm to burnout?
- You used to care about being successful at work, now you have ZERO MOTIVATION.
- You used to have a bad day once or twice a week, now EVERY day is a LOUSY day.
- You used to have enough energy to get through the day, now you feel EXHAUSTED all the time. You even wake up feeling exhausted.
- You used to enjoy some parts of your job, now you experience most of your tasks as work as DULL, overwhelming and mind-numbing.
- You used to feel good about your contribution, now you feel that NOTHING you do makes any difference.
- You used to feel valued, now you feel totally UNAPPRECIATED.
- You used to look forward to weekends and spending time at home, now even that holds NO PLEASURE for you.
- You used to be relatively healthy, now you seem to pick up EVERY BUG going around.
- You used to feel the pressure of too much stress, now you FEEL NOTHING at all. It’s like you are empty – devoid of all feeling.
- You used to feel physically exhausted, now you are EMOTIONALLY EXHAUSTED.
If any of these statements resonate, it’s time to take a closer look and make some changes.
First: Get a sense of your emotional state.
Awareness is always the first step to change. Use the list above to asses your emotional state. If two or more items on the list feel true for you and especially if you feel empty most of the time, then know this:
You must take the next two steps, or else the universe will do it for you.
Second: Get Support
Do nothing else today besides reaching out for support. There is so much help available so make a decision and reach out to somebody. Once you have taken this step, you are putting yourself on the path to recovery.
Here are some options: Speak to your Human Resources department, your manager, your priest/ pastor, a psychologist, a counselor, a life coach, your family doctor OR call Life Line or FAMSA.
I don’t really care what you do, as long as you speak to someone.
Third: Build your stamina
Once you have started on your healing journey and when you are feeling a bit stronger, start thinking about how you can build your physical and emotional stamina. You can discuss this with your support practitioner as well. Take care of your physical heath by eating healthily and getting plenty of rest. Take care of our emotional health by introducing time for daily reflection – try meditation, reading, writing, or doing something creative like painting. Building your stamina takes time and patience – but it is this that will sustain you in the long run. Make a commitment to yourself that this is a top priority in your life.
Burnout is not the end of your life.
It is a new beginning.
Burnout is the beginning of a life of balance and fun, a life where you value and care for yourself, a life where you feel emotions again.
Burnout is an opportunity to shift from enduring life to embracing life. Start today.
No one needs a smile
as much as a person who fails to give one.