Are you suffering from Burnout?!

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High achievers: Listen up.  If you feel you can do it all, or you have to do it all, it will eventually catch up with you.  It is insidious in that it slowly reveals itself and you may hardly be aware of what is happening.  By the time it hits fully, you may not understand that this is your body’s response to years of bruising and unrelenting overwork. Some telltale signs that you are using up your reserves are:

  • Total physical and emotional exhaustion
  • Cynicism and detachment
  • Pessimism
  • Desire to escape
  • Isolation; Withdrawal from people
  • The overwhelming desire to fall asleep
  • Irritability
  • It can also be reflected in the inability to slow down
  • Insomnia with exhaustion
  • Spaciness; difficulty focusing
  • Memory impairment
  • Difficulty processing information
  • Inner feeling of emptiness
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of productivity

Prolonged anger, fear and anxiety can cause a myriad of health problems:

  • Digestive problems
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Chronic pain
  • Reduced immune function
  • Headaches, and so much more

A condition called adrenal exhaustion can result and here are two sources for information about this condition:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/08/27/adrenals.aspx

and

http://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/overview-adrenal-glands

These articles relate to burnout as a medical condition, and it is important to understand our bodies from that perspective.  We can also look at our bodies and ourselves from a basic wisdom perspective.

  • Do you get sufficient healthy sleep?
  • Do you eat foods throughout the day that provide good nutrition and life force?
  • Do you drink sufficient clean water?
  • Do you breathe fully and deeply throughout your day?

If you are able to address these four principles you will be well on your way to healing your burnout condition.  It may still take some time to regenerate but the time to begin is now.

If you find you are unable to stop, to get off the merry-go-round, then you may need a brainstorming session with friend or therapist in order to loosen long held assumptions that you don’t deserve self care, that you can’t take time to regenerate.  What in your belief system allows you to treat yourself like a machine?  Remember, even machines break down without regular care.  Computers crash when you don’t maintain them and shut them down regularly!

Other blogs will follow with more specific recommendations for self care.  You deserve it!

 

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How to release Energy Vampires

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First, we need to identify who is draining us.  It isn’t always easy since energy suckers don’t always have fangs.  You may “like” being around someone because you are basking in their charismatic “glory”, but note carefully how you feel after spending time with that person.  Narcissists love to use others to supply them with energy to fuel their “show.”  Drama surrounds them.  Your own denial allows them to work on you, use your energy as their own, leaving you collapsed in a heap.

Look around at the people in your life. When you are with someone do you feel energized and inspired by their presence?  Or do you feel drained, exhausted, or off balance?

Energy suckers take advantage of well-intentioned people who bring in positive energy, using your energy as theirs without re-charging you.  A healthy relationship circles energy both ways, giving and taking in a loving circle.

If you understand that the energy exchange is not balanced in a relationship, here is a strategy to consider:  In your mind’s eye, create a filter that will keep out the negative energies, including energy snakes that would sneak in, inject venom, and suck out your life force.  The filter acts as a prevention, but at the same time lets in the loving, caring energies that actually feed your spirit.  Physically, it may not look that different from the outside, but the internal energy shift will be palpable and highly effective.

Consciously draw to you people who are vibrating at a higher level, those who shine bright in caring and support.  Send out your own light to those with whom you resonate in a positive way.

When the energy vampire realizes what you are doing they may “up the ante” and be creative in mind-tripping, guilt-inducement or bullying.  As you get stronger, you will not be available to these tactics, and you will see through then.  This disempowers these low-vibrational tactics and eventually this will cause a disengagement.  Hold onto your own energy.  Don’t give it away.  Honor the gift of your authenticity and loving ways.  Share those gifts wisely.  Learn to receive!

Let us know how you are doing?  What has it been like for you?  Share your stories so we can all learn from you!