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The medical definition for burnout is a "phenomenon that has three dimensions: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased cynicism or a distant or indifferent attitude, and a reduced efficacy"
Exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed, changes in your appetite or sleep, irritability, less satisfaction in accomplishments, forgetfulness...
I was first introduced to the concept of burnout at a medical conference , and boy did it sound familiar. That conference was focused on 'professional burnout' , but obviously burnout has a much broader presence in our world.
Who is at risk: really anyone... (caregivers - are often overlooked, but are at particularly high risk).
Set aside a portion (no matter how small - but I suggest at least 20 minutes every day) where you prioritize an activity for the SOLE purpose of self betterment. Think exercise, meditation, reading or writing for pleasure, any artistic adventure.. My preference. I love to take on projects I know nothing about. Always learning and accepting a failure.
Things change, accomplishments are accomplished and what was vitally important a year or even a decade ago may be less relevant today. Redefine what is important today, and for the future in the context of what you and your family have become , not just from where you once were.
Often in burnout, the fog of dissatisfaction, maybe even a little resentment and certainly exhaustion will cloud those moments of joy. So be on high alert for those things that make you smile or that burst of motivation or creativity. Disrupt the cycle of negativity that may be idling in your thoughts, even though you may not yet have realized it.
Positive relationships encourage creativity, improve self-esteem, decrease anxiety and depression symptoms, and will often lead to improved expectations for all relationships as well as a greater sense of empathy. We are social creatures - gift someone your presence.
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