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The Best Remedy is Prevention
So maybe you have just experienced some burnout or stress in your life and you realize you don’t want it to happen again. Or, maybe you have never experienced burnout, but you don’t intend on trying it. In any event, you are now trying to figure out how you can avoid burnout in the future. Well good news, there are ways to prevent burnout. All it takes is some dedication and discipline to observe 5 easy guidelines.
These are the 5 simple guidelines to follow to prevent burnout in your life.
The first, and most important guideline to preventing burnout is to rely on God for strength, wisdom, support, and help in your ministry. Many people get burned out simply because they try to do everything on their own. They think they can handle everything, but they can’t, and when it all comes crashing down, they feel depressed and frustrated with life. The key is to rely on God, because we cannot do everything on our own and God is waiting, even desiring for us to turn to Him and let Him take control of our lives. What areas of your life do you feel you need to rely on God more? Do you trust that God has a plan for you, even though it probably isn’t the same as the one you have in your head? Do you need to ask God to show you areas in your life that you should trust God about? Take a minute and think about these questions.
Secondly, start your day, every day, by reading the Bible and praying alone. Make it one of the first things you do when you wake up. This might be hard to do at first but it will eventually become a habit and the benefits go far beyond simply preventing burnout.
The third guideline is to make healthy living a priority. Spend time exercising a few times a week at least, and make sure you are eating healthy. Take care of you physical body and you will feel much better for it. Additionally, you will probably look better for it as well.
Fourth, set aside personal time for doing something you enjoy each day. This could be almost anything, such as taking a short walk, reading part of a book, making a tasty meal for yourself, hiking outdoors, or any number of things that make you happy and feel recharged. Every now and then try something new and exciting. This is a good time for you to simply enjoy life and the creation God made.
Finally, know when to say No. Decide what things you will take on, and what things you will let others do. Don’t get swamped in ‘good’ things and miss out on the great things. If you are starting to turn in poor performances on certain tasks because you were busy with other things, it might be time to consider reorganizing your life and focusing on a few valuable things.
Now you are ready to prevent and avoid burnout in your life. But remember, these are not guidelines that you follow only when you start to get burned out. No, these should be implemented today, and should become a regular part of your routine day. If you miss certain parts every now and then, it’s OK, but try to form these guidelines into habits, which will make burnout prevention a habit in your life, and that leads to much more productive living.
I hope that these articles were helpful to you and that you can take something from them. We will soon be offering them all together as a PDF. Be sure to check that out when we get it up.
God Bless and stay un-stressed