I recently descended way too deep into this list of symptoms of burnout. I found myself in a situation of hurting the people closest to me…those that I loved the most.
And, I wasn’t living what I preach. I tell others that it’s our job to live life according to God’s principals and its God’s job to fill in the gaps when we run out of time. He is the one that will be our success – we don’t have to take shortcuts.
When I hit those seasons, I am prone to try to endure while looking for a chance to withdraw on vacation and get myself back to center. But, the project was racing along in overdrive and there was no chance to have a graceful exit.
So, I confided in several of my closest friends and confessed my situation. I discovered a significant amount of power and control re-gained by saying the truth out loud and following the advice they gave me. Admitting my situation gave me the power to make the changes I needed to make.
- I regained control of my “hard stop” at the end of the day
- I worked with my boss to reclaim rhythms of taking a Sabbath Day and personal time
- I began planning a vacation so that my wife and I can have “couple time” rather than “work time” (we are currently on the same project at work).
Do you have an area of your life that is out of control? Are you keeping it a secret? Find someone and confess. Take back your power to control your life!
Thanks for listening.