You or someone you love may be struggling with symptoms of burnout. Here are some practical tips to overcome persistent exhaustion and avoid collapse:
1. CARE FOR YOUR BODY
– Adults need 7-8 hours ever night.
– Schedule your evening activities.
– Do not stay up late watching TV.
– Talk to your doctor if you need help.
– Go out for walks, hit the gym, play a sport. Bottom line: sort of physical activity at least 3 times per week.
– That extra hour at work is actually often the least productive!
– Neglecting this now will cause major problems later!
– Over-eating can be a sign of stress, but many burnout victims suffer from under-eating. Loosing weight can be fun at first, but extended periods of time without essential nutrients is devastating. Therefore: Schedule your meal times and watch what you eat.
– God ordained the day of rest!
– The Bible calls those who will not work “lazy”, but those who will not rest “disobedient”. Obey God and take a day off every week.
– If Sunday can not be your day of rest, set another day as your day off. (Rom. 14:5)
2. PRIORITIZE RELATIONSHIPS
Ask for Help
– Spouse, Family, Pastor, Christian brothers & sisters, mentors
Professor Jean-Pierre Brun concluded:
67% of people who say they receive little recognition at work show high levels of psychological distress, as opposed to only 33% of individuals who say they receive good recognition; A significant lack of recognition at work multiplies by four the risk of substantial psychological distress.
Learn to say “NO!”
– Saying NO to good things gives you time for the best things.
– Prioritize family: If you are married, prioritize your spouse. If you have children, find ways to interact with them that are not burdensome. Many do not realize the true value of family until their deathbed.
3. QUALITY TIME WITH GOD
A common professional advice for people dealing with burnout is: “Embrace a morning ritual” – make sure you have time alone first. Perhaps the best thing you can do to prevent burnout is: Start each day with God. Rather than jumping out of bed as soon as you wake up, spend at least fifteen minutes praying, writing in your journal and reading the Bible or a Christian book that inspires you.
If you are facing burnout, know that God is not mad at you. Instead, God is looking for a way to get you connected to him. In our times of distress we often lack faith. We do not expect anything good from God. But God has not changed. Jesus is still good. He is still out to bless you. He wants the best for you. He desires to strengthen you. He will sustain you.