Everyone from politicians to American Idols have something to say about burnout. Congressman Bill Owens, from Upstate New York, once said: “Leadership is an active role; `lead` is a verb. But the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout, and in a powerful hurry.” Singer Kelly Clarkson, on the other hand, had a more light-hearted outlook – “God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress.” I prefer a more proactive approach to avoiding burnout.
Spend Time with God Daily
- Make your daily time with God a priority
- Give yourself unhurried time to reflect and listen
- The goal is to be restored by God
Move Your Body
- Exercise on a regular basis
- Check out the benefits according to the experts at the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676
- My personal goal is to lift weights four times a week and run at least four times. Honestly, I can say many days exercising helps me remain sane.
- Relax with friends/loved ones to recharge
- Keep regularly scheduled appointments or once-in-a-while check-ins with a Counselor (Make an appointment before it’s an emergency)
- Stay accountable to other Christians through Small Groups
- Seek out a more mature and wise mentor
Set Up Boundaries
- Keep reasonable work hours
- Manage relationships by spending time with people who encourage you – not just those you have to encourage
Finally, take some advice from renowned researcher, and author of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), the most widely used research measure in the field of burnout. Professor Christina Maslach advises, “Humor is a great way to relieve stress.” I couldn’t agree more.
How do you avoid burnout?