I remember when I was a kid, the stereotypical midlife crisis was a man with his silk shirt unbuttoned all the way down to his navel and gold chains around his neck. The image changes, but burnout has probably been a problem as long as we’ve been on the planet.
The physical picture of burnout would be strenuous manual labor, on and on until you physically cannot do it anymore. It may take days or weeks with long hours, but eventually you’ll reach a point where it feels like your brain is no longer talking to you. I experienced some of this during fireworks season, where 90 percent of the work is done in two weeks. By the last day, I often couldn’t even have told you my address off the top of my head! Now, what causes your burnout may not be physical, it could be mental or even spiritual. Regardless, when you hit that point, you know something’s got to change.
People experiencing burnout are at many times the normal risk for bad habits and addictions, not to mention broken relationships, depression, suicide, and all sorts of aches and pains, if not a major illness or disease. You may have heard that 95 percent of illness and disease comes from stress. That’s really all burnout is: an extreme amount of stress over time. So if you don’t want to end up breaking at your weakest link, you have to relieve some of the pressure.
As usual, I’d recommend Trilogy and Memory Engineering, but there are several other things I’d recommend specifically for this issue.
Number One. Allow yourself some time away from whatever is causing you so much stress. Many people think of this as a negative, like they can’t afford to stop working, or that time-outs are for misbehaving children, but when it comes to burnout there is really no substitute. You’d be amazed at how much difference just a day or two away from the grind can make. Otherwise, the time spent in recovery will mean losing even more productivity in the long run.
Number Two. Reach out to others. I’m not a big fan of the catholic church, but I do love their emphasis on confession and forgiveness. Burnout may lead to strained relationships, but it can also cause them. So spend some of that time with the important people in your life, and if there’s something you need to make right with someone, do your part to make it right.
Number Three. Find something that provides meaning, purpose, and fun on a daily basis. Prayer and meditation are great stress-busters, as is finding a way to help others. Just as importantly, they are a way to get in touch with your spiritual core, and having some fun every day is one of the coolest prescriptions you’ll ever see.
Number Four. Say “no” sometimes. Otherwise, you’ll likely end up in burnout again before long.
Number Five. Heal the unconscious or generational trauma source that allowed you to reach this place originally, and reprogram yourself for balance. Everything in nature suffers when it is out of balance, and so do we. But it never ceases to amaze me how many people don’t think this universal law applies to them. This is where Triogy and Memory Engineering can really help you, so give them a try, and see for yourself what a difference it makes.
Have a blessed, wonderful day!