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Dealing With Burn Out

Aug 22, 2008
Burn out is something that can happen to someone at any point in life. There are many signs to burn out, but some common ones include insomnia, crankiness, over reacting to situations, lethargic, not caring about what you used to especially in regards to work or tasks, anger, weight gain or loss and negativity.

It's critical not to let signs of burn out go too far without addressing them. Otherwise it can lead to serious alterations to your life goals and directions. Early prevention is best.

Several suggestions will be offered to help offset burn out. If possible, take a vacation. For those that it is impossible to do, or at least when you need to, let's look at some alternatives.

Wipe your calender as clear as possible for a while. Don't do or go anywhere that is not totally necessary. Realize others may not always agree with your definition of necessary.

Do some things on the physical level to help, get extra sleep, try eating only organic foods for a while, take some good quality vitamins, and get some exercise that especially will get you some fresh air.

Spend some time trying to pinpoint tasks / situations in life that are both draining, and giving. Once you've done that, perhaps ask for help or delegate those things that are a draining force. Increase activities that are refreshing.

Talk it out with someone encouraging that you trust. Sometimes an outsider's point of view brings clarity that we can't always see. Perhaps a life coach or counselor is necessary.

Give these suggestions some time to see how they are working for you. If you're better, then maintain that better life balance. If it's the same or worse, it may be a time to really look at the goals you have set and where you want to go. Sometimes past goals no longer are a good fit and we need the freedom to change our goals. But do it from a position of strength and not just desperation to change, just for the purpose of something being different.

At times burn out can be a reality check that life is out of balanceand adjustments are needed immediately. There are seasons in each person's lives' and maybe you may be sensing a change of one season to another new one. Step back however and perceive what our bodies are telling us when we experience burn out. It may even be one of those "hidden blessings" that when we look back on this time in our life it might be a sort of "you know, that was the beginning of a real, positive change in my life.
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