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How to Beat Burnout
« on: June 29, 2015, 01:05:50 PM »

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How to Beat Burnout



How to Beat Burnout


Lattes and power naps will only get you so far.


Julie Pierce



How to Beat Burnout






Her email was all too familiar: “So I have a little problem and I’m hoping you can help me. I’m completely exhausted! I’m having trouble knowing what’s due to my situation and what’s due to the way I’m leading. Can we schedule a coaching session? Soon?”


When I met with my dear, desperate leader friend, she shared how she felt she was being pulled in 18 different directions, all at the same time. She was wiped out and not sure how to prevent the inevitable burnout she saw on the horizon.


Ever been there? I know I have.


The Burnout Bug


I had a couple of years when I was running on empty. At the end of every day, I would collapse into my bed and pray for a few hours of sleep, only to find my mind so wound up that sleep wouldn’t come. When the alarm went off the next morning, I would force myself out of bed, dreading the demands of the day.


Fueled by double shot lattes and a strong sense of responsibility, I would take on every request for one more meeting, one more volunteer need, one more social gathering, and one more snuggle and story—all the while daydreaming of running away from my cell phone and living above a bakery on a tiny island where I would spend my days sampling new cupcake flavors while working on my tan. Or maybe I would change my name to Sister Mary Something-or-Other and join a convent in the Alps and live a life of simplicity with nuns who also happen to perform Broadway shows. Too bad I was too tired to decide which one was the more viable option. (Hey, no judging my sleep-deprived daydreams!)


I was overworked, over-caffeinated, overcommitted, and overwhelmed. I felt depleted in every way possible. And eventually, I found myself infected from head to toe with a widespread epidemic: exhaustion.


I had the burnout bug. (Note: this isn’t a real disease.)


As with any physical ailment, there are symptoms associated with the burnout bug. These warning signs start popping up everywhere, but we’re often too tired to take notice. See if you recognize any of these symptoms:


  • Having difficulty sleeping consistently because you can’t “turn off your brain.”

  • Feeling mentally scattered or constantly distracted.

  • Having trouble psyching yourself up for another day of working/volunteering/parenting/facing difficult people.

  • Seeing people as interruptions or a drain when you would usually find them energizing or engaging.

  • Having a hard time making small, insignificant decisions, like where to go for lunch or which movie to watch.


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Re: How to Beat Burnout
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2015, 02:05:32 PM »
what on earth is a power nap ?  is that one of those new cliches - that caught on ?  like "quality time ?"

I suppose you plug the electric  blanket into your ear ! that would make you sleep ...

Quality time reminds me of "sunday's" when you give an hour or so to God and you call it "the day of rest"   :o

Wouldn't it just fit super.....if we exchanged "day of rest" with "power nap"  :-X

Today is the power nap ......



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Having difficulty sleeping consistently because you can?t ?turn off your brain.?

Feeling mentally scattered or constantly distracted.

Having trouble psyching yourself up for another day of working/volunteering/parenting/facing difficult people.

Seeing people as interruptions or a drain when you would usually find them energizing or engaging.

Having a hard time making small, insignificant decisions, like where to go for lunch or which movie to watch.


Sounds like the days when I was a schoolboy

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