Take a few moments to connect with your body on a mental, physical and soulful level.
What do you feel?
What thoughts are flowing through your mind?
Are you holding tension in your body?
Could you be experiencing burnout?
Burnout, stress that affects us on an emotional level.
Can you recall a time when you may have over committed and you found yourself emotionally exhausted or you have purposefully withdrawn from activities because they led you to feel dissatisfied or stressed.
We all experience burnout differently but when we are stressed our cognitive functions decline and we may experience a decline in some or all of the following:
- Focus and Attention
- Planning & Organisation
- Decision Making
Burnout can rear its head in many ways, personally I know burnout is knocking when I struggle with the following:
- Getting a good night sleep.
- Brain Fog.
- My patience is at an all time low and I tend to get irritable with everything.
- Nelly comes to visit and I’m not talking about a human, my visitor is good old Negative Nelly telling me its all a waste of time.
- I reach for the fridge door a lot more, I like to comfort those tense feels with food and by food I mean chocolate or whatever is full of processed sugar, even when I know it is only going to make me feel worse.
- I lose interest in personal interests because quite honestly I just feel too exhausted to do anything else.
- And the list could go on ………………………………..
What are your signs of burnout?
How does burnout impact your life?
Burnout can be caused by many things in your daily life and the key to decreasing it is to become aware of when it is setting in and understanding why you are experiencing it.
What is happening in your life at the present moment to make you feel this way? Be brutally honest with yourself when answering this question.
How can you ramp up your self-care to decrease burnout?
- Check in with yourself every month or two to see how you are feeling, are there any signs of burnout.
- Do at least one activity that you absolutely love to do each day, bring the FUN back into your day.
- Reconnect with your why, why did you start doing the ‘thing’ that is making you feel burnt out.
- Grab a gratitude journal and write down 3 things that made your heart and soul sing today.
- Take yourself on a ‘self care’ date, go to that café you’ve always wanted to have a coffee at, take that bath that you seem to never get time to have, play your fave music and dance your big beautiful heart out.
- Try sitting for a few minutes and connecting with your soul, have a conversation or let what needs to come up, come up. Visualise a healing light flowing through your body cleansing and nourishing every cell of your body.
- Try out a new form of exercise or go for a walk in nature.
- Talk it out with a support sister – someone you trust and feel safe talking too.
What is a self-care routine you can implement today?
I would love to hear your experience with burnout and what is your favourite way to decrease the effects. Share in the comments below or head over to your brand new space on FB The Tara Midwood Sisterhood to share and lets get this conversation started.