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Exhaustion and Burnout- Manage the Challenge – February 15 Inspiration

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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.

32 Comments

  1. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    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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    15 . Feb . 2016
  2. Beth@FrugalFroggie

    I relaxed a little over the weekend and I am paying for it now. I have a mountain of laundry to do.
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    15 . Feb . 2016
  3. Salma

    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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    15 . Feb . 2016
  4. Liz Mays

    I burned out once upon a time with blogging and quit completely. Now when I’m not feeling it, I allow myself to walk away from it until I am ready.
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    15 . Feb . 2016
  5. Healing Tomato

    I go through burnouts once a month, LOL. I love your inspirational post

    15 . Feb . 2016
  6. tara pittman

    I have trouble sleeping so I am tired on some days. I need to go to the doctor for a sleep study to see if sleep apnea is the cause.
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    16 . Feb . 2016
  7. michelle

    i have dealt with exhaustion and burnout before because i tend to put too much on my plate at times
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    16 . Feb . 2016
  8. Ana De- Jesus

    I am beyond exhausted and I need more sleep 🙁
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    16 . Feb . 2016
  9. Elizabeth O.

    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.

    16 . Feb . 2016
  10. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

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

    16 . Feb . 2016
    • Angela

      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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      16 . Feb . 2016
  11. Lexie Lane

    Enjoyed reading it. I rest with my family at weekend but sometimes I spend overtime at work.

    16 . Feb . 2016
  12. Eugenia

    Fully agree, life is unpredictable but it is important to find the right balance between time for you and for your family and not just for work. Enjoyed reading your post!
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    16 . Feb . 2016
  13. Nicole

    I completely agree with this.. everyone needs to take a break and just “be” once and a while. Even if it is just for a few hours !
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    16 . Feb . 2016
  14. Mardene Carr

    Balance is so key; without that we all run the risk of burning out
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    16 . Feb . 2016
  15. Kiwi

    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.

    16 . Feb . 2016
  16. krystle cook

    Balancing life can be hard but is accomplishable. I often get burned out easily so I have to watch how many tasks I take on.
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    16 . Feb . 2016
  17. Quin B

    It’s really easy to burn out because everything is so harried, but small vacations here and there are so needed
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    16 . Feb . 2016
  18. OurFamilyWorld

    I try to get some time for myself, so I won’t experience exhaustion.
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    16 . Feb . 2016
  19. Ana

    I always spend like 10 more minutes in the tub just to think about nothing and keep my mind in blank
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    16 . Feb . 2016
    • Angela

      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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      16 . Feb . 2016
  20. Heather

    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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    16 . Feb . 2016
    • Angela

      Heather, what is it that you have changed in your life to slow it down?
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      16 . Feb . 2016
  21. Angela

    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!

    16 . Feb . 2016
  22. Jenjen

    One thing at a time is really the key
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    17 . Feb . 2016
  23. Rosey

    I don’t right now, but I definitely have in the past. Not a fun place to be.
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    17 . Feb . 2016
  24. Jessica Cassidy

    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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    17 . Feb . 2016
  25. Top5life

    Though, you’re now in a struggling phase, I wish you get over it soon. Great post. Keep going!
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    17 . Feb . 2016
  26. Adrian

    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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    17 . Feb . 2016
  27. Shaylee

    Absolutely, who doesn’t feel this way sometimes? I seem to struggle more so from mental exhaustion than anything. Why can’t we all just be cats and sleep all day? 😉
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    18 . Feb . 2016
  28. Colette S

    I’m having one right now.
    I really need to take care of my health.
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    19 . Feb . 2016
  29. Shannon Gurnee

    Burnout and exhaustion go hand in hand! This is definitely a great post. Thanks for sharing.
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    22 . Feb . 2016

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