BURNOUT 

What is Burnout?

What are the symptoms and contributing factors for this experience?

 How can we prevent it, or turn it around if we find ourselves already there ?

 

Look at the following statements and evaluate yourself

 

If you have answered yes to 10 or more of the above statements, continue reading !

 

   WHAT IS BURNOUT ?  

                                                        

DEFINITION: A state of emotional fatigue, spiritual emptiness and mental exhaustion that occurs when a series (or combination) of events in your job, relationships, way of life, or devotion to a special project /cause fail to produce the expected results… 

                                                                                                                   

An individuals personal strength on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level has been taxed and drained over time and have depleted their energies to the point where they loose touch with themselves, others and their situation.

                                                                                                            

After you have passionately given yourself, your energy, focus and time to a cause, a task, a mission or a relationship, … and it produced unexpected and disappointing results, you find your energy and passion have been depleted and you feel overwhelmed and powerless to make any difference… you don’t care or do not want to.

    THE SYMPTOMS OF BURNOUT   

 

 

    CONTRIBUTING FACTORS  

 

   RECOVERY  FROM  BURNOUT  

 

Discover the truth and realize what is happening to you and why. Read books, or videos, attend talks on burnout etc.  Be prepared to seek competent and professional counseling with your family.

 

Separate yourself from main sources of problem until you have recovered.  Make a change in environment to a place where you can relax in nature.  Make time for emotional and spiritual solitude and quietness and reflect on whom you are, why you are here and where are you going.

 

Start doing light physical exercise with a healthy  diet. Get a fresh perspective of God’s plan and purpose with your life: your calling.  Have a fresh or renewed encounter with the living God and experience His power.

 

Engage in a new meaningful but more manageable ministry to build fresh confidence and passion.  Take control of your time.  Learn to set boundaries and say no.  Forgive others and let go of any emotional baggage.

Rediscover your sense of humor.  Start doing positive self-talk and verbal affirmations

 

 

Isaiah 40:29-31 – He gives power to the tired and worn-out, and strength to the weak. Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. But, they that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.