Completely Burnt-Out, Overwhelmed & Done
Dave Ramsey once said, "Every person falls down at some point. Successful people choose to get back up."
"Every person falls down at some point. Successful people choose to get back up." (Dave Ramsey)
From time to time, we lose our zest for life. We forget where God has brought us from, where we are going, and how capable we truly are. Even the most productive and motivated individuals can get burnt-out. I love productivity and crossing items off of my to-do list but I still occasionally deal with burnout. I bet that you have dealt with burnout before and know just how difficult it can be. Just recently, I had one of those weeks where I could-not- for-the-life-of-me stay focused on anything. I kept forgetting to make my daily to-do list so I had NO plan for the week and it ended up with me being extremely overwhelmed and burnt-out. You and I both know how it goes. Every simple, mundane tasks seems to be grievous as your excitement level for life is at an all time low. Then we stretch ourselves too thin by not prioritizing our tasks and end up really burnout and cranky. During this off week, I fussed a lot. I cried some. I beat myself up for my lack of drive. I have found that when we forget to rest, recharge, and remember that burnout is inevitable. It can also last way longer than it needs to if we don't quickly kick it to the curb. Maybe you too have had an off week and you have cried, beat yourself up about it, or completely given up! If so, read on and be encouraged, friend!
We forget how important rest is for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Spiritually, only Christ can give us true rest that strengthens our minds and souls by spending time in prayer with Him and reading His Word. Physically, we need rest to recharge our minds and bodies. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, "Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you're sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It's forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information."
We need sleep to function properly. You may be up with a newborn all night and are absolutely exhausted beyond comprehension. Or you're working long hours at your day job while trying to study for your college classes in the evening. Or you're working two jobs to pay off debt and are physically drained. Or you're a single mama who is simply trying to survive and make ends meet. All of these scenarios don't allow much time for rest, but it is so important to carve out time for it when you can. I have to make myself go to bed at 10pm every night. I know that if I am not in bed by 10pm then I won't be able to get up early in the morning and will risk becoming exhausted and burnt-out by the end of the week. Take time to rest, friend! You can't be your best self if you let your body become so exhausted that you can't function. Find a family member or friend who can watch your kid(s) while you take a quick nap if possible or sleep when you have a day off of class. Be creative with you rest!
When the stresses of life are weighing you down it can be hard to make a clear plan of action. There are times when you have to throw every thing out and rebuild from the ground up. That could look like changing the way your days look, putting together a new daily schedule or my personal go-to, hitting your knees in prayer to God and asking Him to refocus your heart and soul on Him. It is easy to forget in the busy season that we still have to make time to read God's word and spend time talking with Him. Refocus your mind on your priorities and let God refocus your attention and heart on Himself as He is the only one who can truly sustain us.
What is your "Why"? Why do you do what you do everyday? If you don't have a clear direction of where you're heading then you will quickly come to the end of your rope. I know that as a stay-at-home mom and wife, the mundane tasks that I complete and then complete again the next day, can get me in a bit of a funk if I don't remember my "why". Take a deep breath and remember the goals and dreams God has placed in your heart. Remember where he has brought you from and where you're headed! It helps to keep a journal where you can record all the prayers He has answered for you and write down memorable seasons He has brought you through.
One of my favorite songs titled, "I Remember" written by Lauren Daigle says,
"I remember, I remember
You have always been faithful to me I remember, I remember Even when my own eyes could not see You were there, always there."
This song is my anthem and I have officially decided that it will be my anthem for 2019. Let us never forget where God has brought us from!
Remember my friend, that even when you're burnt-out and at the end of your rope, God still has a plan for you and will help you rest + refocus + remember so you can get back to living your life.
How do you cope with burn-out? I would love to know!