Put out that burnout

Put out that burnout

“Burnout is a term heard frequently today—it describes a lack of motivation that results when something produces frustration or exhaustion instead of inspiration.” ~Dr. Charles Stanley~

I hear from teachers, restaurant workers, pastors, and parents that they are frustrated and exhausted. Many are threatening to walk away from their current situation because the joy they once experienced has become the difficulties they are dealing with. With Covid changes and restrictions, the last year, bringing about a shortage of workers has been especially hard on people. Teachers, restaurant workers, pastors, and parents take on more responsibilities than ever as they try to fill the gaps left by the pandemic.

To put it simply, burnout is caused by stress. To put it bluntly, chronic stress can kill you. If you are experiencing burnout, you know it; you can feel it. If you haven’t reached the point of flames, it may only be a burning ember at the moment. Let’s take a look at some signals:

  • Exhaustion
  • Short temper
  • Lack of motivation
  • Negativity
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dissatisfied
  • Unhappy
  • Relational issues

All of these things can lead to physical and mental health concerns.

How can you put out the ember before it bursts into flames? You can do things, and they are pretty straightforward, but you must take action. for them to be effective. All good intentions of doing something doesn’t cut it. Try some of these suggestions:

  • Find a work/life balance
  • Take time for yourself
  • Relax
  • Get enough sleep
  • Learn to say “no”
  • Talk to someone (not a gossip!)
  • Try to find the positive in a situation
  • Take a deep breath and think before acting
  • Exercise those frustrations away

Neither list is complete. There are many more signals of and suggestions to alleviate burnout. 

If you feel as if you’ve reached your limit and there is no going back, it may be time to move on. Certainly, try to put out that burnout first. However, there is a time to say, “enough is enough.” You need to do what is best for you and your family. Be safe and stay healthy.

#StressLess  #ChooseJoy  #FindPeace