In, Burnout: The Signs of need. This phrase is so heavy, it holds so much depth to me. I can recall so many times that I ignored an emotion. Only to hear, feel, and sense, that I was on a path of crashing mentally.
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Me, explaining my burnout
Yet, I should explain what burnout is and what it meant to me. As a single mom for the last eight years of my life, life was about meeting too many demands, raising a five year-old-daughter alone, being the sole money maker, and financial obligations, and more. I empathize and understand with other single parents and the challenges they face.
Yet, as a single parent we must listen to the signs of need. This means we need to take time to honor our needs, open space for recovery, create changes in our daily routine for our energy levels to recoup.
What is burnout?
Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress or excessive workload. It can lead to feelings of detachment, cynicism, and reduced productivity.
What are common signs of burnout?
Common signs and symptoms of burnout include chronic fatigue, lack of motivation, decreased productivity, feelings of cynicism or detachment, increased irritability or frustration, and physical symptoms like headaches or stomachaches.
How can burnout affect one’s personal life?
Burnout can have a significant impact on someone’s personal life. It can strain relationships, lead to social withdrawal, and cause a decline in overall well-being. It may also result in decreased interest in activities previously enjoyed and a general sense of unhappiness or dissatisfaction.
Practice in Getting Re-Motivated
I remember way back to those days of burnout. I just kept ignoring them until it put me in bed, utterly ill with weakness. Our bodies have a way of taking control at times. It’s the signs of need. We can’t keep fighting the low moods and low motivation, our body sends messages and the messages become louder and louder the more we ignore them.
Acceptance of How You’re Feeling: Something, I practice is accepting how I feel. If I am feeling a low moment and tired. I need to take a break, maybe, get in the car, go for a walk in nature. I refuse to use self-pity or self-sabotage.
2. Compassion to Self: Understanding where your mind, body, and soul is at, is so comforting and healing. Having compassion and acknowledging your challenges as well as your amazing achievements is embracing life’s ups and downs.
3. Opportunities for Me Time: If I’m feeling moody or exhausted. It’s either I go for a walk or take a nap. It’s me practicing “Me Time” and recognizing that I need it. In this special time I open space for no pressure so I can appreciate a new perspective.
With patience and practice we can overcome.
4. Awareness of the Signs of Need: Journaling helps keep track of where my moods are, it helps me define my feeling and ask questions if my feelings are low and how I will address them and hold space for them.
5. Setting Small Goals: I love to visualize from writing here in this website to making small plans for the home, or adventures with the family. It’s essential for motivation. It creates a positive momentum in my daily life and into the future.
6. Three Good Things Lists: I find my comfy place to hold space for reflection. It uses no physical energy, yet, I’m practicing a a positive growth strategy, and embracing pure gratitude, joy, and contentment. Every day, I reflect on the wonderful things that happened throughout my day. It seems to open more space for inner peace.
Conclusion: If you are feeling burnout or stuck, it will pass. Take those moments of burnout to rest and show yourself some self-compassion. We all deserve kindness to ourselves, especially when we are putting so much energy into living a full life.
Sending love and light! God Bless!
Linda J Wolff