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Spring cleaning is that once yearly good scrubbing we give to the spaces we usually ignore in our homes. It’s a level of care and attention that, as women, we often fail to give the places inside ourselves. This year, I’m proposing something different: I’d like you to spring clean your soul instead.
Whether you’re an employer or an employee, you’re likely familiar with the signs of occupational burnout.
You feel tension in your shoulders. You can’t focus and read the same email three times. You’re wired on caffeine after a series of restless nights. You’re exhausted and all you want is to feel healthy and energized again.
You aren’t alone. Too many working women are exhausted, overworked, and anxious for too long without relief. The World Health Organization has noticed and now recognizes burnout as an occupational phenomenon.
And this unfortunate phenomenon affects more than the individual — our entire workforce, businesses, and economy are feeling the hazardous effects of burnout.
If you’re vulnerable to overgiving your time and energy as a caregiver, you’ll eventually feel the effects. Exhaustion. Irritability. Isolation. Your life feels unbalanced and you’re desperate for a remedy.
Ease your worries. You’re exactly where you need to be.
In this article, I share tips on how self-care can help you prevent and overcome your caregiver burnout, and restore balance and joy to your life.
In my burnout story, I learned the relationship between optimism and health. Before, I suffered from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and exhaustion. I experienced every negative emotion on the spectrum: loneliness, frustration, anger.
And I stayed that way for a while… Bedridden and isolated from the world.
Until I realized: I was choosing to feel this way. I was choosing to feel sorry for myself. I was choosing to stay stuck.
I didn’t want to feel that way anymore. I wanted to feel empowered again. Now, I now choose to be optimistic.
And it worked. Through optimism and taking action, I healed from burnout and my fibromyalgia.
Optimism saved me and it can rescue you from signs of burnout, as well.
You might believe that self-care is an indulgence — eating that extra red velvet cupcake, blowing your money on that new makeup palette, or staying out late to socialize.
However, the essence of self-care isn’t indulgence at all. It’s about taking action to build a life where you can thrive.
It’s about not just relaxing but also challenging yourself. About growing into the person you want to become. About setting goals that align with your life and achieving them.
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