Look at the following statements and evaluate yourself
work harder but accomplish less.
dread going to work each day.
have less physical energy than before.
and people easily irritate me
have a loss of, or excessive appetite
talk a lot about my problems.
job performance is below par.
is difficult to get out of bed.
am loosing confidence in my abilities.
am finding it harder to focus on specific things
getting harder to make difficult decisions or take risks
am unhappy with my accomplishments.
I have started blaming God or others for my situation
feel like running away from everything
don’t care if my work ever gets done.
do not see progress in my situation; everything seems to be getting worse.
try to avoid people more and more.
have memory problems
constantly feel under pressure.
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
and physical exhaustion
Constant feelings of irritability, resentment, betrayal and powerlessness
or the outward activity but no inner creativity and passion.
ability to concentrate
and withdrawal from people with the resulting loneliness &
Increasing cynicism, negativism and growing depression.
self-centeredness: Very subjective and self-centered
self-worth & feelings of meaninglessness
in God, self & other people who have let you down.
Bitterness, criticism and blaming others for your situation
Nervous twitches, headaches, sinus, skin rashes, allergies,
gastro-intestinal problems (ulcers, diarrhea, indigestion), muscular tension
pains in neck, etc.
loss of memory
of some sort – fantasizing, excessive videos or TV, gambling, drugs or
alcohol abuse, pornography, etc.
worries and fears
you perceive most areas in your life be out of your own control.
- Failing to pace yourself
feelings of guilt & shame
with peoples problems
time of stress
you have faced to many crisis or disappointments in short period of time
with no time to recuperate in between.
and unrealized expectations
hurt & bitterness
overwhelming sense of loss through death, job loss, health loss, etc.
competitive spirit of our society – to live up to the success image
A personality – These are competitive success-driven individuals that are
time-orientated and never seem to have enough time. They are
idealistic, workaholics with unrealistic expectations and standards of
achievement for themselves & others. They have a strong need to produce
to feel successful.
Conflict in relationships
Conflict, Role Ambiguity or Role overload.
RECOVERY FROM BURNOUT
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
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.
doing light physical exercise with a healthy
diet. Get a fresh perspective of God’s plan and purpose with your life:
Have a fresh or renewed encounter with the living God and experience His
in a new meaningful but more manageable ministry to build fresh confidence and
Take control of your time.
Learn to set boundaries and say no.
Forgive others and let go of any emotional baggage.
your sense of humor.
Start doing positive self-talk and verbal affirmations