The Day You Felt Burnout
I get it, I have been where you are. Running through life, there's so much to get done! Sometimes feeling like you're at your breaking point, but people need you! You can't say no now! I mean really, who would do these things if you didn't?
Soo many balls in the air. You are checking things off your list, waaahooo! You are running here, running there, getting things done!
Your kids are A+ students, star athletes. All of these things aren't bad are they? I mean they can be amazing motivation to get you out of bed, help you feel purposeful until...
The day you woke up and you realized that a whole week or even a month flew by. You were overloaded at work. On top of that you had to run errands, take the kids to all their activities and make sure they got their homework done and the list goes on.
You were so preoccupied and busy that you had not even asked your husband, "how are you? What's going on in your life?" You forgot to ask your kids about the fun things they did with their friends this week. All you had the capacity for was to ask, "are we good? Okay let's get in the car we are late!"
Sadly, you realized that once again you did not make it onto the list nor were you able to spend some time in stillness creating, meditation or praying.
That was the morning you had a super hard time getting out of bed.That was the day the rush of adrenaline that had been keeping you up and running, wore off. That was the day you noticed you felt as though you were falling, falling...
That was the day that familiar dark cloud floated in, and those thoughts started wreaking havoc in your mind. You know the ones, the thoughts that say, "your not good enough, smart enough, perfect enough. Why bother, you have no purpose... and on it goes.
Now on top of it all you can't sleep because those thoughts, the worry, the fear are taking up the best hours of your night. You get up and start working again. Or you lay there staring at the ceiling obsessing on what so and so said to you earlier in the day. All the while you are feeling more and more frustrated that you can't sleep! Aggghhh!
You are not alone. We live in a society that fuels this kind of lifestyle. If we are going to be "successful" we have to keep up. Even our churches promote this kind of mindset. If we aren't doing, (they call it "serving") then we aren't good enough Christians. But that's another topic for another day.
So now what?
My friend this is called Burn Out and why Mindfulness, Meditation training and Life/Spiritual Coaching is so important for you. Here are a few fun facts about the research.
Did you know Mindfulness/Meditation can...
It can help you sleep better. A University of Utah study found that mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night.
Meditation helps you to stay centered when you inevitably encounter those everyday irritations and stressors - for example rush hour traffic. Investigators from the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital found that practicing meditation causes what is called the “relaxation response,” the opposite of the “fight-or-flight” response—what happens to our bodies when we get stressed. Their studies showed that the relaxation response alleviates anxiety and also has positive effects on heart rate, blood pressure, and brain activity.
Meditation can Increases Gray Matter - A 2005 study on American men and women who meditated a mere 40 minutes a day showed that they had thicker cortical walls than non-meditators. What this meant is that their brains were aging at a slower rate. Cortical thickness is also associated with decision making, attention and memory.
Lowers stress - It’s not only associated on feeling less stress, it’s shown to actually decrease levels of the stress hormone called cortisol.
No, it's not a magic pill, but it sure can help us find that balance we all are craving in our lives.
What about you, are you feeling stuck in life and ready to move forward? Can you imagineyour life with more balance, less stress, and time to reconnect with your family, friends, God and yourself? What in the world would that look like?
I've got a suggestion for you today my friend. How about a FREE 40 minute get to know you coaching session?
I know that sometimes we can be in a place in life where we feel like we’ve lost ourselves. That life is out of control. We ask ourselves, who are we? What is our purpose? What is our big dream?
Life can do that to us. I get it, I’ve been there. The good news is I can help you uncover it and help you find your authentic self, feel excited about who you are and your purpose in life.
If you are readyto do something about this place of being stuck and burned out but aren’t sure what then read on.
Does this sound like you?
Crave someone with professional and personal experience that can walk alongside you and help you get your life moving again?
Desire to reconnect with yourself again and learn how to connect your mind with your heart?
Finally be able confidently answer the question, “who am I and who do I want to show up as?"
Find a peace inside that has been covered up by busyness, anxiety and stress?
Experience freedom in your mind and spirit, where you heart feels full again? Remember the line from Dr Seuss, The Grinch? “In Whoville they say, that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day.”
Connect the dots between your gifts, passions and values and begin dreaming again?
In short, do you want to get unstuck and get excited about your life again?