There is a theory of thinking among women today that promotes a “yes” attitude. For fear of missing an opportunity or not continuously bettering oneself, whenever an option presented, this Yes to Everything thought encourages women to take advantage.
Some people might say, “Seize the day” others might say, “YOLO.” Regardless of which words you use, the attitude is the same: make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. I’m skeptical of this line of thinking, though. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying No every time someone asks something from me, but my immediate answer is rarely an automatic and enthusiastic Yes!
I fear of burn out. I fear of being stretched too thin. Working incredibly hard on something for so long that you no longer see straight, not getting adequate sleep, constantly ill, and being irritable. To me, that’s not how I want to go through life. I want to enjoy my family and have my family enjoy me as well.
When my days feel never-ending and overwhelming, I take stock of my daily life. What am I juggling? Home life, professional life, friends, then what I’m doing for myself. Then I prioritize the items with what has to get done and when. If there’s something that doesn’t fit or doesn’t work for me, then I go back to its source to remove the burden from my life. Not everything that’s a source of stress can be removed, but if it can, it’s gone.
What does burn out feel like for you? How do you know when you’re in a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress? Watch for feelings of being overwhelmed, an inability to meet constant demands, lost of interest and motivation that once inspired you
Reclaim your productivity and energy. The following tips help prevent as well as cure burnout:
- Remind yourself why you work hard: Focus on how your organization helps people. Talk to your customers about how your products and/or services have made a difference in their lives. Remind yourself of how you felt when you first began and the times people sought you out to tell you how much they needed what you provide. Ignite the fire you had when your organization was just a dream, by reviewing the positive aspects it’s made in people’s lives.
- Learn how to manage stress: Being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day three times a week greatly reduces stress and anxiety. Studies show that exercise effectively reduces fatigue, improves alertness and concentration, and enhances overall cognitive function. Find a fitness routine that fits your lifestyle, and while you’re at this healthy living lifestyle, invest in yourself by eating quality foods. Replace processed foods by shopping at the farmers market, prep the fruits and veggies, then when you’re ready for a snack, you’re able to reach in the fridge and grab real food at your convenience.
- Get outside: Spending time breathing in fresh air in your lungs helps clear your mind. This is a difficult practice for me when the weather is cold, because I’m not a fan of bundles of layers and still being cold. When I do force myself to spend time outside, even when the weather is less than ideal, I feel better for it.
Whatever it is that makes you feel rejuvenated and refreshed, do it!