Rebuild Your Resilience to Recover from Burnout

Rebuild Your Resilience to Recover from Burnout

Written by Judy Klipin

Have you ever found yourself saying, “if one more person asks me to do something I might crack”?

Felt as though you are stretched so far that you fear you might snap?

Had a to-do list that took on a life of its own, with each item you tick off being replaced by three or four more?

All of us have had times in our lives when we have felt pushed too far. Most of us are able to recover relatively quickly from those times of stress and hardship, and to return to our natural levels of energy and ability with a certain ease. This ability to bounce back is a measure of our resilience; our capacity to recover quickly from hardship and challenge.

We all have an inherent and innate resilience that affords us the opportunity to push ourselves during times of stress and pressure, and to recover and return to our optimum energy levels when things return to normal.

But when our periods of stress and pressure increase in intensity, duration and/or frequency, the ‘normal’ times are compromised, and so are our long-term energy levels.

When we stretch ourselves, or are stretched, too often and too far then, just like an overworked rubber band, we run the risk of losing all our elasticity and resilience. We may even run the risk of snapping completely.

When our resilience is compromised to the point of losing elasticity and/or snapping, we have arrived at the point of burnout.

Burnout is a condition that makes us feel as though we are running on empty and have nothing left to give. It affects us mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and relationally. We have trouble concentrating, wake up feeling tired, feel tearful and emotional, have lost touch with our purpose and passion, don’t have the energy to invest in our relationships. Burnout makes us question our reason for being and makes us feel powerless and our lives seem pointless.

The longer we leave our burnout unaddressed, the more severe it becomes, and the more serious the consequences. Heart disease, strokes, diabetes and depression have all been linked to uncontrolled burnout.

It is important – and possible – to address the causes of burnout. It is critical to understand what thoughts, behaviours and choices compromise resilience. It is essential to make changes to the way we live our lives so that we can return to our natural state of resilience. When we know better we can do better – and stop stretching ourselves to breaking point.

Burnout is serious but it can be reversed. It is possible to rebuild your resilience and regain and remember your purpose and passion.

When we have boundaries that are too flexible, we find ourselves saying yes to things we don’t want to do, or no to things we do. We allow our ‘otherscentredness’ to dictate all our thoughts, beliefs, decisions and actions. And then we get exhausted, overwhelmed and resentful. You can recover from burnout and rebuild your resilience by paying more attention to your boundaries. These coaching programs will equip you with the insights and tools you need to regain and maintain healthy boundaries – and in the process regain and maintain a happy life…

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