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”
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.
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?)