Burnout - the product of mental, emotional and often physical exhaustion that comes from experiencing high levels of stress for prolonged periods. Stress in itself is not inherently a harmful thing in a short term sense, and is even an inevitable element of our work and personal lives. It is a vital warning system from the body that alerts you when the brain perceives a potential threat. Healthy levels of stress assist you in accomplishing tasks and even boost memory. But there can come a time when stress becomes problematic and you have exhausted your ability to cope. When the brain becomes flooded with stress and anxiety for too long, burnout occurs. While burnout can take many forms, it indicates one thing - your lifestyle is unsustainable. So what can we do to prevent it?
When people talk about their life goals, being happy is generally always up there with the best of them. In our society, we are taught to continually chase what makes us happy, which often leave us feeling as though we are in some way lacking if we are unable to sustain it, but as we are becoming more aware of others and our own mental health generally, finding tools which we can add to our own wellbeing inventory which aid our happiness, is a fantastic place to continue the conversation around happiness.
Naturally boosting your feelings of happiness can help stimulate productivity, strengthen relationships, increase motivation and improve the level of life contentment people record.
We live in a time where society in many ways, has lost its own alignment to the natural rhythms of life. We defy nature on a daily basis, no longer honouring the natural ebb and flow of each day, sunrise and sunset are swapped for long working hours, and commutes. Seasons are something we can skip altogether with the click of a button and an airfare ticket in hand. We’re contactable and ‘on’ around the clock, never really sure if we’re switched off, relaxing or exhibiting some kind of permanently exhausted pigeon vibes. Our consumerist culture continually reinforces the narrative to look outside of ourselves for answers and happiness.
Aside from our collective fragmentation to the natural rhythms of life, how can we tell if on an individual level we’re out of alignment?
New Year is a time for many to refresh, start over or begin something new. A chance for us to put into action and implement the many things that we want to do, see and achieve in our lives. It can also be an incredibly testing and tough time for many, as we transition out of holiday mode, Christmas and New year celebrations, the post festive splurge and often, lots of alcohol and sugary foods which can leave us feeling less than our best. Holiday celebrations and the start of a New Year can leave us feeling depleted, down and even questioning our life choices.
For some, it’s a winter in a literal sense, and for others, it’s merely a winter of mind.
Setting goals is a super powerful tool. Whether it be focused around cultivating self acceptance, finding purpose or building a business that lights you up. Sounds simple right?
Well, no. Setting goals is one thing but creating the desire to actually want to complete those goals & that 'call to action' is another thing altogether.