It’s not the first time you’ve heard me say it… burnout. is. preventable.
This is an innate truth and revelation that I received when I went through my own burnout experience. Discovering that what I was going through was actually preventable was the biggest aha moment of my journey. And that’s why I’m passionate about sharing this message with the world.
This feeling of:
- being unmotivated
- not wanting to see people
- not caring about life and work
All of this and more. All of this was preventable? If so, then why was I feeling it?
It is not uncommon for burnout to creep up on us – in fact, I would say that would be one of the common experiences of people who get burnt out.
Preventing burnout starts with increasing self-awareness and actually knowing what’s going on around us and inside of us and taking note of how that feels and if we’re OK with it or not.
A recent article written by the Mental Health Academy shows a statement I’ve been talking about for years. The article says:
Personal support as found in counselling helps people to prevent the problem [burnout] or recover from it [burnout].Mental Healthy Academy
Counselling is a key way to prevent burnout. Counselling helps to prevent burnout in the following ways:
- gain a deeper understanding of what’s important to you
- discover your core values and how they shape the choices you make
- learn skills and knowledge around setting boundaries
- be heard
- learn empathy skills
- learn how to trust yourself and know who to trust in your life
- learn what to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to
- explore the ins and outs of situations in your life and discover what the underlying unhelpful patterns are so you can re-learn a different way of living
- and many more insights
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, exhausted or unmotivated… you may be experiencing burnout or you may be on the way to burnout.
Burnout is an epidemic in our society and sometimes that means that we don’t share how we’re going because we hear that everyone is feeling the same so “this must just be how life is now”. I don’t believe that.
I believe that we all have choices and we can choose how we want to live our life. We can live a life of intentionality, of hope, of joy, of peace and wellness. You get to choose whether you’re going to keep doing what you’re doing and maybe head for burnout. Or if you’re going to reach out for support now and prevent it getting any worse. You decide.
Notice how you’re feeling inside and what’s going on around you and I encourage you to have the courage to reach out and ask for help if you feel that something doesn’t feel quite right.
Take care on the journey!