So, you work 8-5, every Monday through Friday. You fight through the morning commute, tackle endless demands at work, and fight the afternoon rush hour to get back home safely. Perhaps you have to pick up your kids from school or daycare. You’re filled with stress, wondering if you’re on the brink of burnout.
Or maybe you are a college student, struggling to balance coursework, learn new information quickly and properly, study for tests, meet tight deadlines for projects, maybe even trying to juggle a part-time job on the side to pay off monthly expenses.
Let’s face it. By the time you get home, you are drained.
The more responsibilities pile on in life, the less time we have to ourselves to recharge those drained batteries. Like Smartphones today, when the battery runs low, alerts eventually start to notify us periodically to charge the device before the inevitable shut down.
Those who have had the misfortune of having a battery drain to 0% and shutdown know all too well that simply plugging it in the wall at that point will not reboot the phone right away.
In fact, you have to wait several minutes (depending on the device) for it to charge up enough to reboot. Once you have experienced this misfortune, especially if it occurred during a time where your device was desperately needed, you will never ever ever eveeeeeer let that phone get to 1% again.
If you plug in the device before 1% turns into 0% then everything is different: no reboot, no downtime, no lost work, no missed calls or messages… nada!!! By recharging just in time we stay connected and productive.
Emotional recharge and burnout
The same logic applies to our emotional well-being.
Once you allow your emotional and psychological battery to drain beyond that 1%, things really do shut down in life and each interruption can cost you a job, relationship(s), friendship(s), and many other important aspects of your life. When you hit 0%, your life begins to shut down and you feel powerless (pun intended). Burnout is real.
Instead of notification alerts that your emotional battery is low, you get symptoms like anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, and a lack of concentration/focus. You can stop these symptoms evolving into complete burnout. Prevention is key, and that’s where we can help. Having the right plan for the right situation allows you to avoid preventable problems that otherwise set people back weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime.
Practicing self-care techniques such as deep breathing, journal writing, visualization, and goal setting can be very helpful in reducing your stress levels.
Learning how to plan properly and take care of yourself is one area of counseling/therapy that I offer. Get the support and skills your need to avoid burnout. Contact me today for a free twenty-minute consult.Please share this post!