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The current environment
brings additional stress to our homes and offices. You all probably know some
of the symptoms. Here are but a few. Check them off and then consider some actions.
Some Burnout Symptoms:
- Work leaves you physically
and emotionally drained.
- You feel like you are
accomplishing less and doing more.
- You put your work first
but no one appreciates your efforts.
- You've lost your sense
of humor and playfulness.
- You find yourself short-tempered
- You go on vacation but
the feeling of overwhelm comes back immediately upon return.
What can you do to gain
a sense of control? Consider just some of these options:
- Hold certain times sacred.
Mark off a period of time for yourself on your calendar and treat it with
- Learn to say "no" by
creating realistic boundaries. Speak up when you are overwhelmed. Remember,
no one but YOU knows what you really do in the course of a day. Establish
limits that honor the needs of the people around you while preserving the
integrity of what you can honestly do.
- Create a workspace that
nurtures your soul. Whether it's filled with pictures of the grandkids or
flowers from your garden, this space must speak of you.
- Exercise to burn off
- Allow 15 minutes in the
morning just for you. This is quiet time for centering, breathing, preparing
for the day. You'll be glad you did.
Remember: you are the captain
of your ship. Pay attention to the wind and waves.
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