Could your life be better? So many of us are going through our days without enough sleep, unhappy with our current situations, with too much to do and not enough time to do it. We keep struggling to keep up, day after day and wonder if we will ever have the job want, the love we want, the life we want .... and the happiness we deserve.
No amount of work gets us there. In fact, the harder we work, the further away our dreams can seem. We are more stressed, more exhausted and some of us even get to serious burned-out.
What is Burn-Out?
“Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.” (Oxford Dictionary)
This state of exhaustion has become a normal way of life for American adults, teenagers and even children. Current guidelines on the amount of sleep needed by adults is 7-9 hours. Teenagers need 8-9.5 hours. Ages 12 and under need between 10 and 12 hours of sleep each night.
If you had told me when I was a young mother that I needed 7-9 hours of sleep, I would have laughed. There was no way on earth that I could have worked all day, taken care of my children and gotten 7-9 hours of sleep, even on the weekends. I’d be willing to bet that many of you reading this email had or are having the same experience.
I took on too much. I had 3 young children, a husband in a wheelchair, a job managing 18 consultants and I had to travel all over the state, country at times. And I didn’t have enough help.
I am proud of the fact that I was so strong and could do all that I did on so little sleep. But I paid a price for it and you may be paying that price too. I sacrificed my happiness and emotional well-being for a time.
I’ve recovered… completely. You can too, and if you are not there yet, you can prevent it.
Are You Burned-Out?
Ask yourself these questions:
Are you cynical, critical, irritable, impatient, negative?
Do you lack energy?
Do you have trouble concentrating?
Do you feel disillusioned?
Do you use food, drugs, alcohol or nicotine to feel better?
Do you have headaches, stomach problems or other physical ailments?
Are you chronically sad?
Do you experience chronic mental fatigue?
Do you experience chronic physical fatigue?
Is it hard to get up in the morning?
Does life feel like a struggle?
If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, you may already be suffering from burn-out or you may be on your way.
The first steps to prevention, and also to recovery are to get enough sleep, to exercise and to eat right. These are basic human needs and no one can be truly happy when they go without these things over long periods of time. When we do, we are in survival-mode and we are risking our mental, physical and emotional health.
I can hear you now!! “I can’t possibly get that much sleep! I don’t have time to work-out! I don’t have time to cook healthy meals!” I said those things too and I spent ½ of my life struggling and unhappy.
Tune in next month....
I’ll talk more about the keys to doing what you need to do to be happy, healthy and to create a better life.
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Bye for now, Jean