How and why you should prevent burnout

7526343As women, there are many roles we have to fulfill every day. We are wives, mothers, sisters, friends, entrepreneurs, mediators, coaches and more. As women, there are many things we have to do—work 40 hours or more a week at our jobs or for our own businesses; take our kids to gymnastics or swimming class after we pick them up from school; attend PTA meetings; clean the house; and let’s not forget, pay the bills. We have so many responsibilities, and we enjoy what we do. However, if we are not careful—if you are not careful—you can burn yourself out. No matter what you have to do, no matter how busy your schedule is, you have to create time for yourself. Your spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health is important. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be of use to anyone.

To prevent yourself from burning out, sometimes you have to say, “No,” even if it means not helping family members or friends. Sometimes, you have to reschedule appointments or tasks. Sometimes you have to re-prioritize. Sometimes you have to take a break from the things you have to do. You have to take time to relax, unwind, have some peace and become renewed and restored. One of the hardest, but most necessary things to do is to rest—rest your body and your mind.

Sometimes at work, my caseload of patients is extremely high. But no matter how busy it gets, I always make sure I take a break—always. Some of my coworkers work through their entire shift and never take a break. Often, they leave work overstressed and tired.

I have declined requests to participate in church activities because I had too much on my plate. Sometimes, someone asks me for a favor, and I decline because I can’t do it. I realize the importance of having time to detach, of not taking on too many things, of taking care of me. If I am not well, I cannot properly do the things I have to do.

You may say, “You don’t understand. I have so much to do. I can’t find time for myself. It’s easier said than done.” It is easier said than done when you have a thousand things to do, but you are worth the sacrifice. Your overall mental well-being is worth the sacrifice. You only have one life to live. Spend it doing the things you love, but also spend it caring for yourself.

Yes, you are strong, gifted and multi-talented, but there is only one you. Don’t burn yourself out. Don’t find yourself at the brink of a nervous breakdown or severe exhaustion. Take care of you.