We recently passed the halfway point of 2020 and it feels like so much has happened.
A global pandemic? Mandated quarantine? Business shutdowns?
One year ago today, there was no predicting all the challenges we’d have to overcome.
Now, businesses are reopening and people are going out again. That means finally leaving your home for social and recreational activities.
Sounds exciting, right?
But the thing is, there is so much we don’t know yet. Coronavirus stress is real and you might be feeling anxious about the changes and uncertainties to come.
My intention is to help you move forward courageously, even when the future is uncertain.
Life is already challenging — and coronavirus has only added more complications.
The serenity prayer reminds us that we’re not powerless.
Whatever the circumstances, you always have choice. You can still create positive change in your life.
And the serenity prayer isn’t reserved strictly for those who believe in God. Whether you pray to a Higher Power — or not — the wisdom in this prayer rings true across all spiritual backgrounds.
In times of overwhelm, especially now, the serenity prayer can comfort and empower you to take action.
In the face of this pandemic, what can you do to not only cope but actually strengthen your mental and emotional well-being?
Let’s first look at what you might be feeling right now…
You might be feeling fear. Anxiety. Signs of burnout, even.
That’s why I am deeply committed to supporting you to feel calm and empowered again, mentally and emotionally .
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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