Right now, you could be anxious about your final exams and analyzing the consequences of not receiving the grade you desire and need.
This very moment you could be seeking a momentary escape away from managing the schedules of teenagers and the demands of a toddler and newborn.
You could be surfing the Internet trying to find resources to help you take care of your parent who you serve as primary care giver.
You feel the tension.
You feel the effects of stress.
Focusing is difficult. Enjoying life is almost laughable.
Is it possible that you are experiencing burnout without realizing it?
Burnout – is a stressful state characterized by physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion, chronic fatigue, and lethargy (Clinton & Hawkins, 2009).
Burnout often affects those in-service professions such as clergy, police officers, social workers and caregivers; however, it can touch anyone. Those experiencing burnout normally don’t realize it until the symptoms have become over bearing.
Signs of Burnout
- You have an extreme urge to escape from your life
- You find it challenging to manage your emotions
- You pick up unhealthy habits as an outlet
- You start to feel depressed quite frequently
Life is complex. There are somethings that we as human beings have the ability to control and thankfully, there are somethings that are out of our control. No one can comprehend the complexities of life better than the One who created life itself; God.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. -John 1:3, NIV.
God knows everything about His creation and that includes us. He knows when we are overwhelmed and feel burden down. God is omniscient, He is all knowing, but He also has a heart that moves Him to care and be concerned about our challenges in life.
God has designed our bodies, minds and spirit to give us warning signs when something needs adjusting or attention to His perfect design. We don’t always adhere or pay attention to those signs until our tense situation has progressed to red. But God wants us to have a healthy balance in our lives.
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. -Proverbs 11:1, KJV
It is okay to admit that things are out of control in our lives. If we attempt to pretend that everything is going well and that we have chaos under control, we endanger our health and make our lives not enjoyable.
Ways to Deal with Burnout
- Manage Your Life. Yes, there are some things that are within your control and these are the things that you can focus on. Prioritize your schedule. Everything doesn’t have to be done right away nor does every decision have to be made imminently.
- Ask for Help. It was not intended for you to have to deal with every crisis that occurs in your life on your own. Sometimes people are not aware that you need assistance or have assumed that you do not want it. It is okay to let others help you.
- Monitor Your Commitments. When you serve others or have so much going on you can allow yourself to make commitments that you are unable to handle because you do not want to say no or let others down. Keep in mind that more than likely, other people do not know what’s already on your plate. It’s okay to say no or even let me think about it. You are not obligated to make last minute or urgent commitments.
- Trust God’s Will. Allow yourself to slow down, breathe and relax. The things that are not within your control are in God’s control. Remember that there is nothing about you that God is not aware of. God has a plan for your life; even your current chaotic life. He knows how to bring balance in your life that will give you peace. Trust God to work everything out and that He has answers to your situation and He also is in control of time.
May is one of the most busiest months; school year ends, proms, graduations, Mother’s Day, work demands, etc. May is also Mental Health Awareness month. Your mind matters. Your life matters. Listen to the warnings signs that you are feeling and intervene now to regain control of your life!
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