I want to share with you in this post, how I get through Burn out and stay sane. This is not the whole story but a snippet from my new book about Holistic Living, which features Mindfulness and issues around mental health. I am in the process of writing it. It will be published and made available to you later in the year – so keep a lookout for that!
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Before the sun arise to greet the new day, I kneel once more upon my bedside rug with my hands over my eyes, and pray: “Oh, Lord, let me feel at one with you, myself, and others. Let me perform my tasks with the motivation of hope, faith and love. May grace be in my thoughts, actions and speech this day”.
To pray this prayer daily, is the only way I know to effectually get through and to recover from burn out.
My strength is so very limited, but Gods strength is limitless, so I draw upon that in faith. I admire people who get through stuff all by themselves. They don’t seem to need God, people or any other intervention- they just get on with it successfully. But that’s not me. I know my weakness and limitations. I recognise that I desperately need the power of God in my life. The power of God is called the Holy Spirit who is part of the God head in Christ. The holy Spirit is given to empowers us, to bring us through, so we can be witness of his love and grace.
That does not mean to say that I sit back and watch God magically work on my behalf. No Never!
But what I do is to submit myself in prayer like the one above, and go through my day knowing that I am not alone. Then I am diligent to learn and apply practical steps as listed below to help me. However, the difference is that I go forward into my day Gods ability- in Gods power and strength to get through and recover from burn out.
How did I get burnt out if the first place if I trusted in God?
Well the answer is simple – I didn’t!
As a perfectionist, a high achiever, I expect far too much of myself. I don’t give my body, mind or spirit enough time out or flexibility in my tasks, it’s something I am still learning to do. God gives us time out, urging us to rest- it’s called the Sabbath. So having cleared that up, let’s have a little look at a few practical ways to recover from and avoid burn out in the future.
1) Take the time to pause and change direction by learning how you can help yourself overcome burnout and feel healthy and positive again.
FIRST-Adopt the three “R” approach:
Recognize. Watch for the warning signs of burnout. Be self-aware. Listen to your thoughts and words, notice you’re the way you approach actions.
Reverse. Undo the damage by seeking support and managing stress- this is what we are doing here now.
Resilience. Build your resilience to stress by taking care of your physical and emotional health.
SECOND – Learn strategies to do the three “3 R’s” that you are comfortable with.
In the next blog post I will list some strategies That I have found has helped me, and may be of help to you as well.
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Paula Rose Parish