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Sweet Home Carolina – The Story of a Woman Who Had Burnout and Then Found Joy!

This month’s topic theme is going to be about burnout. Has it ever happened to you? It is not fun, but it is becoming more common for people in management positions and high demanding careers.

I came across this movie, “Sweet Home Carolina,” on Tubi. It starts with Diane sitting in her office, not answering her office phone, and hyperventilating into a brown bag.

Burnout is what happens when the soul whispering against an unhealthy job or relationship. – Dr. Dina Glouberman

Diane is an Advertising Executive, and her personal life is a mess. She works long hours and has a habit of picking up her youngest child late from school. Her oldest teenage daughter is angry with her over the divorce of her parents and blames Diane. Diane is receiving collection notices in the mail. She is a train wreck ready to happen. Family dinners consist of frozen lasagna and Diane drinking a few glasses of wine before going to bed.

Don’t get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life. – Dolly Parton

When Diane thought her life couldn’t get any worst. Her boss called her into his office and gave away her biggest client to a coworker. Then told her she needed to take some time off (permanently). A life preserver happened; her Aunt, who recently passed away, left her a house in a small town in South Carolina. The stipulations were taking care of her Aunt’s dog and living in the house for a year. She subleased her home in Los Angeles, and she and her daughters moved.

Don’t accept burnout as the price or definition of success. – Jon Acuff

The demanding career, the big house, and a fancy car is not everything. What makes true happiness? In Diane’s case, she realized that most important to her was a loving, respectful relationship with her daughters, a good man who loved her deeply, and a small town of caring people.

Sometimes we choose a career because of the large paycheck and later realize the job has cost us more than we bargained. No social life, no friends, damaged love life, estranged family, health problems, a lack of purpose, and what happened to my enthusiasm and happiness?

Think about your life. Is this the way I want my story to end?  

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How To Be Proactive, So You Don’t Reach The Point Of No Return and Burnout!

Lately, I have been hearing that the “new” working from home has been very hard for some. They are saying they are working more hours then if they were in the office and it is leading to burnout and frustration.

Burnout is not fun. When you reach that point, you are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally. Sometimes, you don’t even realize what happened. You have changed within. You feel confused, angry, and so tired of everything and everyone and no patience.

How did you get to this point?

High-achievers should continually be on the lookout for the warning signs of burnout because they don’t always see it coming. The doers are passionate about their work progress and tend to work long hours. They take on heavier workloads and put high expectations on themselves, which may lead to burnout if not monitored by pausing with some self-care techniques. Trying to be everything and anything to everyone, putting work 24/7 above rest, relaxation, a little fun, family, and friends. That’s how.

Is there a way to reverse it. Of course, but you have to take some time away from work mentally, emotionally, and physically. Not stepping away for a while could cost you your career, health, and relationships.

“Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough”. ~ unknown

What is burnout?

It is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.

What are some warn signs?

Cynical, critical, pessimism, anger or irritable at work

Disliking the job, forcing yourself to get up and go to work or having a hard time getting started

Irritable or impatient with others, coworker, boss, customers or clients

Lack of energy or low productivity or chronic fatigue or loss of appetite

No focus, mind wanders, forgetfulness, or hard to concentrate

No satisfaction from achievements, feeling unappreciated for all the extra work effort

Feelings of disillusionment about career, isolation, depression, and anxiety

Using alcohol, drugs, or food to feel better or not to feel at all

Change in sleeping patterns, maybe insomnia or oversleeping

If not addressed, burnout can leave people feeling empty, exhausted, depressed, and unable to deal with daily life’s demands.

How to change?

Focus on your recent and past accomplishments
Stop self-criticizing yourself and others
Create a happy space to spend time in for self-reflection, meditation, and prayer
Make and write in a daily gratitude journal

Change your workflow!
Stop multitasking and focus on one task at a time towards completion
Take regular breaks
Limit working overtime
Journal about things that are bothering you and come up with solutions to resolve them.

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, it’s time to take some action to reverse it. Self-reflect and make some changes to reduce stress and anxiety. Take control of your workload and have reasonable expectations about what is achievable.

Do you have a happy place?

If yes, where is it? I would love to hear about your happy place. If no, why not?

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TIME to RELAX

TIME to RELAX

It is TIME to RELAX

In this fast pace world some of us do not take the time to smell the roses. We are on the go from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. We get up in the morning and the first thing isthe coffee pot. Just to drag yourself out of bed. Even on the weekends there are endless things that need to be completed. If you have children you are on the go to games and practices. When do you take the time to rest?

Taking time to recharge and relax is essential. If you dont you are headed for major burnout. Then what? What good are you for your family and job? What can you do to incorporate time in your life for relaxation and to recharge?

Watch a sunset with your family?

Go for a bike ride or hike?

Sit for an hour and read a good book?

Being creative here are some ideas: Painting, scrapbooking, journaling, writing, gardening, golfing, building something and sitting in the garden watching the birds or butterflies. Do whatever you truly enjoy which relaxes you and creates some peace and joy in your life.

By recharging and taking some time for you, it will help make you a better person to be around. What is stopping you? It is time to enjoy spring time and get outdoors and enjoy it.

Would love to see your thoughts and fun ways that you like to relax and recharge. ~ Patti

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