Burnout is a common problem in our hectic world. It can leave you feeling tired, depressed, and like you don't remember your purpose. Once in a deep burnout, it can be hard to reverse the trend.
As with most conditions, it is much easier to avoid burnout than to reverse the trend. Paying close attention to your self-care regime is paramount to staying out of burnout. Burnout results from not taking the time to care for yourself, often while taking care of others.
Self-care that helps prevent burnout includes:
- Take some time to get clear about what has meaning to you in your life. Then arrange your life around those priorities.
- Make sure you are getting enough rest, moderate exercise, and a healthy diet.
- Take time every week for recreation (that's 'fun' in case it has been so long that you don't remember!!)
- Are you spread too thin? Can you let something go? Can you cut back on something? Can you ask others to pitch in?
- Take a really honest look at the stresses in your life. Where is the pressure coming from? Which of these sources can you let go of, rearrange, or delegate?
- How long has it been since you've had a real vacation?
- Schedule occasional little retreats for yourself. Do you feel rejuvenated by a hike in the woods, a day to read a good book, dinner at a fine restaurant, a night in a bed and breakfast, a massage?
About the author: Stephanie Bish owns 'Blissful Body by Stephanie' in Ely, MN; also serving Babbitt, Virginia, Tower, and the Arrowhead Region. As a Massage Therapist, Structural Integrator, and Reiki Master Teacher, she enjoys guiding people on their path to well-being.
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