Last year burnout was classified as an official medical diagnosis. No doubt that 2020 confirmed this decision.
Not surprising, but still alarming.
I’m no doctor, but the logical treatment for burnout is the often overused term self-care.
I’m not talking about an extravagant spa retreat. That’s amazing if you can make it happen. But you need something that can fit into your everyday. A moment to notice the fall leaves on the tree out front. Time to silence all of your devices.
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’m a runner. I know that people run for lots of reasons. They run for exercise. They run to catch up with a friend. They run to stomp out the anger from the fight with hubby.
Be careful of that last one. Any act of self-care should be to restore yourself. Running to push down anger or taking a bath to escape from needy kids doesn’t fill you up. The anger and needy kids will still be there.
Going back to my running example, if you feel AMAZING after a run that’s self-care. Pay close attention to your motivations.
We are living in the age of burnout. The list above is just a few suggestions to fight back. What’s working for you?
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