Exhaustion and Burnout- Manage the Challenge – February 15 Inspiration

Exhaustion and burnout. Even reading those words can make you feel tired and stressed! It is certainly a challenge to learn to balance our activities and obligations so we can accomplish the right number of tasks without overdoing it, and without reaching that point of burnout.

 

 

Here’s your Monday Holiday (in the US) inspirational food for thought…

 

“Are you excessively tired all the time,

even after sleeping?

Do you go to doctors,

but they cannot find anything wrong with you?

You may be experiencing

some of the symptoms of burnout.

Long periods of overexertion and stress

can cause constant fatigue, headaches,

sleeplessness, gastrointestinal problems, and tension.

Some other signals of burnout are crying,

being easily angered,negativity, irritability, depression,

 cynicism (scornful, mocking of the virtues of others),

and bitterness toward others’ blessings

and even their good health.

People today are quick to argue that

they cannot afford to take a day off,

but I say they cannot afford NOT to do it.

We often hear, ‘I am too busy to do that.

I would never get everything done if I did that.’

My answer is, ‘Then you are too busy

and something needs to change in your life.’

Remember, the Bible says we reap only what we sow.

If we sow continual stress

with no rest to offset it,

we will reap the results

in our bodies, emotions, and minds.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

This is another devotional thought that’s very fitting for me right now.  I admit that I’m struggling to find that balance right now, but I also think some of the challenge is using effective time management principles.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you often suffer from exhaustion and burnout? If not, do you have strategies that work for you to achieve a balance? (Care to share?)

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Our two yellow/orange tabbies- Mr. Tabs and little Minnie.
Our two yellow/orange tabbies- Mr. Tabs and little Minnie.

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. I usually make a list of things to do for a week, but I always have a few ‘what-the-hell’ items at the bottom. If they get done that’s great, if not ‘w-t-h’.
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  2. Exhaustion is one thing I do deal with quite regularly. Trying to be a mom, work, take care of the house, sometimes, there’s so much going on and not enough sleep. That is definitely one thing I’m working on to balance.
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  3. I go through burnouts once a month, LOL. I love your inspirational post

  4. Sometimes all we need is just a short break and everything will be okay again. Although when there’s too much stress a longer break is needed, but nonetheless the feeling of being burnt out is going to go away eventually. We all just need to breathe.

  5. I have been exhausted and burnt out since I had kids.

    1. Your post stood out!.. I hear you. I now have a theory that teenagers are reserving their energy for parenthood!lol
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  6. Enjoyed reading it. I rest with my family at weekend but sometimes I spend overtime at work.

  7. I think I was a victim of the Winter Blues in the beginning of this year. I was so groggy and unmotivated..and then right before my 30th bday 2 weeks ago I got really really burnt out. I am now in a better place but sometimes we fill our mind with lies and stress ourselves out more…go outside and breathe good air and meditate is my solution.

    1. I wish that was the case at my home, but he 4 and 5 year old don’t get what 1 minute is let alone 10 minutes!
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  8. I used to be this way. I’m much better this year about not burning myself out that I have been in years past. It was a new year’s resolution of mine to slow down and enjoy life a little.
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    1. Heather, what is it that you have changed in your life to slow it down?
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  9. Wow! I couldnt beleive my eyes when I went to read your blog.. this is exactly what I have been drowning in!.. Thanks to you and all of the other comments not only does it make you feel less failed, but all the different ways to manage!

  10. I am sore. I just started a new job and my body is experiencing pain. I am sure that it will past as I am not used to this kind of work. Good thing I am off for two days but need to clean the house from top to bottom and make it worst, I am not feeling well.
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  11. What a great thought for today. I’ve been in burnout mode for about 3 months now and it’s been especially bad these last two weeks – I’m right between a 4 day business trip and a 3 day conference in a two week period. Basically, I’m just in survival mode and I’m seeing all those symptoms – stomach, headache, exhaustion, crankiness, you name it. My family wants to talk to me and all I can think is “talk faster, I’ve got STUFF to do!”. Definitely am making plans to slow down and get back on track after this conference.
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