Burnout happens. If you’re driven, you always find yourself taking on more than you can possibly do. If you’re not, you find yourself bored. So, how do you cope with burnout?
If you’re good at your work, you get more, and you may find yourself locked in place as your value increases. If you’re not, you move from new work to new work, overloaded by constant learning and adapting to new situations. Where’s the joy in that?
You may also feel burnout when you’re not doing your True Work. Have you ever found yourself stuck doing work you don’t enjoy? When is it time to move on?
In today’s economy, you may be doing the same work six people did in a former day. And it’s not going to lighten up any time soon. Eventually, you’ll break under the load. When can you drop it an move on?
As usual, there are at least two ways to address your situation. But first, stop. I don’t mean stop working – I mean take a timeout. Breathe. Create a little space for a solution to show up for you – a new way of seeing.
In this little space, opportunities may appear. Burnout does not go away quickly or easily. You need to make some changes. But you don’t want to make changes without taking care of yourself, because change requires energy – the energy you’re lacking when you’re burned out.
In this little space, as opportunities begin to appear, also ask “How can I take better care of myself?” After all, the reason you’re working has somthing to do with a better tomorrow; if you don’t take better care of yourself today, there can be no better tomorrow.
Pay attention to the little space you’re creating – it’s where your new life opens up. Feed the little space. Take care of yourself. Allow possibilities to arise. But don’t take action yet.
Bring joy into the little space. In your quiet moments, focus your attention on joy. Where is there joy in your life right now? It doesn’t have to be a big thing – just find it. And then feed it. How can you, in the little spaces, feed the joy already in your life.
As the little space grows with your attention, fill it with joy and possibilities. Care for it. Nurture it. As you do, you’ll be nurturing your future – and your now.
In the little space lies the answer to your burnout.