How New Year’s Intentions Can Help You Beat Burnout

2020 has arrived and if you look around, you’ll see people setting New Year’s resolutions for themselves. 

But you might feel a little skeptical.

You’ve already set resolutions for yourself in the past, only to be greeted with failure and disappointment. 

You’re not alone either.

Surveys have shown that 80% of people don’t fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. People quit, often after experiencing signs of burnout.

Maybe it’s time to try something different. Instead of setting a resolution, try setting a New Year’s intention.

The Difference Between a Resolution and an Intention

Setting a resolution is often related to external goals. It’s usually accompanied by a grand statement that everything will change.

New Year, new person, right?

We start the New Year, engines roaring, but fizzle out after a few months.

Life gets in the way. 

Work is demanding. Chores need doing. Errands need running.

You put self-care and your resolutions on the back burner as you burn out. And another year flies by, your resolutions still unfulfilled.

However, an intention is much more than a resolution to achieve an external goal. It runs deeper.

An intention is a guide for identifying your core values and using them to design the life you want to lead and to become the person you want to be. 

An intention is a guide for identifying your core values and using them to design the life you want to lead and to become the person you want to be. Click To Tweet

Do you want to live more deliberately by spending more quality time with yourself and your loved ones? Maybe you want to live more eco-consciously by caring after nature’s bounty?

An intention will help you make that new identity and way of living a reality.

Giving voice to that intention will help you to manifest it.

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Are you ready to set your New Year’s intention(s)?

Let’s get started.

How to Set an Intention for 2020

#1 Write Down Who You Intend to Be

It isn’t enough to just want to make a change in your life.

Your intention needs to describe the type of person you intend to become in order to manifest that change.

For example, if you want to create more balance in your life, your intention could be, I am somebody who practices self-reflection.

Your intention should embody your new identity.

#2 Align Your Actions with Your Intention

The first step defines who you want to be. This step explains how you can become that person.

Under each intention, write down habits that type of person would have. 

If you want to be somebody who practices self-reflection, your list might look like:

  • Practices meditation for ten minutes every morning
  • Takes a 10 minute break every afternoon to calmly and quietly reevaluate their priorities
  • Journals every evening

Don’t leave anything to mystery. Because if you don’t know what to do next, you’ll do what’s comfortable: slipping into your old habits when life gets busy and you start burning out.

#3 Rewrite Each Intention into a Daily Affirmation

When you repeat your daily affirmations, you are setting into motion a different reality. Every day, you choose to make better choices. You choose to improve yourself.

So, rewrite your notes from the first two steps into affirmations you can say aloud every day.  Since practicing self-reflection is my New Year’s intention, here’s how I would express that in an affirmation:

“Reflection is important to me. I invest time in reflection and introspection to gain a deeper perspective of myself and my life. To do this, I meditate for ten minutes every morning, take a 10 minute break every afternoon to calmly and quietly reevaluate my priorities, and journal every evening before I go to sleep.”

Once you’ve written your affirmation, commit to this habit: repeat it to yourself every day, 5-10 times in the morning and again in the evening.

During times of extreme stress or anxiety, return to your affirmation(s). Never lose sight of your intention(s), even when life gets challenging.

Your intention(s) will manifest into spoken word. Spoken word will manifest into daily habits. Daily habits will manifest into fulfilling your intention(s).

This 2020, Prioritize Yourself

As you work on your New Year’s intention(s), I want to share three tenets to guide the process:

#1 Be Kind to Yourself

When you’re first learning how to practice mindful breathing, your mind often wanders.

The trick is to forgive yourself each time it happens. Then you invite your awareness back to the act of breathing, again and again.

Carrying out your intention is similar. As you take steps to manifest your intention, you’ll probably stumble.

And that’s okay. Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself each time you stumble. 

True manifestation of your intentions happens only after you get back up each time you fall, again and again.

#2 Say No to Others. Say Yes to Yourself.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of being a people pleaser.

When you live for others, you forget to live for yourself. When you try tending to everybody else’s needs, it’s easy to burn out.

New Year’s intentions are more than self-care and personal growth. They’re also about leading a life that aligns with your core values and priorities. 

Your time and energy are limited resources. When you give them away, there’s less of each left for pursuing your intentions and nourishing your own body and soul.

This year, set boundaries. Each time you say no, you’re saying yes to your own well-being and intentions.

#3 You’re at Choice

When other people fail at their resolutions, you may start doubting yourself.

But here’s the truth: you are always at choice. 

You can choose to move forward or you can choose to stand still. You have the choice to create positive change in your life. 

The decision for better always rests in your hands.

This Year Will Be Better

Take a look in the mirror. Envision who you are at the end of 2020, if you carry out your intention.

That’s the person you want to be.

When  you say your daily affirmations, know in your heart and soul that you will become that person.

Your New Year’s intention is a long-term commitment to your personal growth. It’s a step towards living a life that aligns with values and priorities specific to you.

As you work to fulfill your intention, it’s very common to become derailed by self-doubt, criticism, and burnout. Whether life gets in the way or you’re not seeing the results you want, you might want to give up on yourself. You might even feel unworthy of the amazing intention(s) you set for yourself.

When this happens, return to my first guiding tenet: be kind to yourself. To help you get back on track, I’ve created my From Burnout to Balance 7-Day Self-Love Challenge, where each day is a reminder to love yourself AND that you are worthy of your intentions.

During these 7 days, we’ll look at what’s really going on beneath the signs of burnout and I’ll give you simple strategies for how to turn things around so you can get on the path towards balance and enjoying your life (again). 

If you’re ready to break out of the burnout cycle and desire to be…

  • Relaxed and confident, knowing you’re tending to the most important priorities
  • Energized, clear and focused
  • Calm, easy-going and peaceful
  • Sleeping like a baby and waking up rested
  • Engaged, inspired and passionate about your life 

Join me by clicking here to sign up for my next From Burnout to Balance 7-Day Self-Love Challenge. It’s Free!

This Christmas, Discover Your Sanctuary

The holidays can often feel like a whirlwind. 

You get swept up in a gale of parties, gift-giving, and errands. Always on the go, you bounce from task to task, checking things off your list.

It can feel overwhelming. And if you’re unprepared, you might experience signs of burnout.

Most of us can’t hop on a plane to the islands when the holiday stress kicks in.

But I have good news: you don’t have to.

There’s no need to retreat to an external destination. You can find solace within yourself.

This Christmas, you can retreat to your inner sanctuary.

Why an Outer Sanctuary Isn’t Enough

Many of us have physical places we retreat to.

Our bedroom. Our place of worship. The park. We often find serenity in these special physical spaces.

However, these places aren’t always guaranteed to deliver peace.

For example, my home has always been my sanctuary. However, with renovations underway, my sanctuary suffers from invaders. This holiday season, it’s more a source of unwanted noise and stress.

But I learned that I didn’t have to despair. I didn’t need a physical space to retreat to.

When this happens, I know that I can always return to my inner sanctuary.

What Sanctuary is to Me

My sanctuary is found within my heart-space. It’s a place of serenity that I can always go to.

When life outside is stressful. When everybody is demanding my time and energy. When I need to desperately escape it all, I know that I can re-center myself within my sanctuary. 

During the holidays, my sanctuary soothes me and prevents overwhelm. In this state of mind, I reconnect with my inner guidance. 

How to Discover Your Inner Sanctuary

#1 Calm Your Body and Mind

First, find a comfortable place to sit. 

Close your eyes.

Now, take a deep breath through your nose to the count of five. 

Exhale through your mouth to the count of ten.

As the breath empties your lungs, feel the fatigue in your body melt away.

Let the world around you dissolve.

#2 Envision Your Inner Sanctuary

Picture in your mind a place where you feel peaceful, happy, and safe. 

It might be a place you visited when you were young, like a park or field you played in.

It could also be an imaginary place, like a fantastical forest or lush meadow.

There is no right or wrong answer. 

Your sanctuary is yours to design.

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#3 Immerse Your Senses

Whichever destination you choose, immerse yourself entirely.

What sounds do you hear? Maybe you hear birds chirping or waves lapping against the shore.

What smells do you notice? What textures can you feel?

Delight your senses. Experience every detail. Be present in this moment.

#4 Notice Your Appearance and Actions

Are you wearing a faded summer dress that catches the wind? Or maybe you’re wearing a sharp pantsuit that makes you feel unstoppable.

Your clothes should reflect how you want to feel within your inner sanctuary.

Calm. Inspired. Confident.

Now, imagine what you’re doing.

You could be following a daisy-lined dirt path, the sunshine kissing your skin. Or you could be engaged in a hobby like painting or writing. Or maybe you’re just floating, carried by the waves.

Choose an activity that calms or energizes you.

What are you doing in your sanctuary?

#5 Color This Experience

Mentally capture your inner sanctuary, as if you’re taking a polaroid picture.

If this polaroid picture were to take on a color, what would it be? Yellow? Green? 

For me, my sanctuary would take on a yellow tint. How about you? What color is your sanctuary?

Now imagine this color symbolizing everything you feel within your sanctuary: serenity, safety, happiness.

#6 Return to Your Breath

Now, return to your breath.

Imagine the oxygen you breathe is pigmented with that color. 

Each inhale fills every cell within your body with that color. The feelings of joy and fortitude that your color carries touch every organ and extend to each fingertip.

And as you exhale, feel the color and every emotion settling into place. Each breath fills, soothes, and grounds you.

This is the transformative power of your inner sanctuary.

#7 Regularly Visit Your Inner Sanctuary

Your inner sanctuary isn’t just a retreat for when you’re feeling the symptoms of burnout.

It can also be a daily practice. When you practice consistent self-care, you feel more clarity and gain mastery over your emotions.

Before I give myself away to the day’s responsibilities, I visit my inner sanctuary every morning. I start my morning at my seaside cottage. I’m swaying slowly on a hammock tied between two palm trees. The warm sunshine paired with the cool ocean breeze energizes me. 

I feel at peace.

Share your inner sanctuary with me. What does it look like? How do you feel when you’re there?

Discover Your Sanctuary Today

The holiday hustle and bustle can quickly consume our time and energy. If we don’t take time to practice self-care, we can suffer from holiday burnout.

This Christmas, the perfect gift isn’t always something you can buy off the shelves. Perhaps, the perfect gift is unlocking that space of zen and serenity within yourself.

That place is your sanctuary, and it’s waiting for you to discover it.

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Preventing Holiday Burnout Part 2: 5 Tips for Spiritual Self-Care

‘Tis the season to be jolly.

Or not.

For many, it’s the most joyous time of the year. For some, it’s also the most stressful.

And here’s why.

Imagine all the day-to-day responsibilities you’re already busy with. Now imagine stacking all your holiday stress on top: shopping, planning, decorating. 

It can get overwhelming!

If you don’t prepare properly, you’ll fizzle out fast. That’s why it’s important to always be on the lookout for signs of burnout.

In part 1 of this 2-part series on preventing holiday burnout, I shared physical, mental, and emotional self-care tips. 

However, even those self-care practices might not be enough. The picture is incomplete.

To effectively prevent holiday burnout, you must also practice spiritual self-care.

What is Holiday Burnout?

Before we dive into holiday burnout prevention, let’s start with the basics: what is burnout?

Burnout happens when you keep pushing your limits until you’re finally running on empty. When you reach this point, your body and mind break down.

Burnout happens when you keep pushing your limits until you’re finally running on empty. When you reach this point, your body and mind break down. Click To Tweet

You’re probably familiar with the symptoms of burnout.

The tension in your muscles. The clenching in your jaws. Shallow breathing. Brain fog. Restless nights.

Holiday burnout is when you experience all of this plus the stress and anxiety of preparing for the holidays. In fact, one in three Americans experience burnout during the holidays.

Burnout recovery requires ample time and deliberate self-care practices.

That’s why I advocate for burnout prevention. Last week, I shared how you can fortify your mind, body, and emotions during the holidays. 

Now, let’s focus on strengthening your spirituality and nourishing your sense of adventure.

5 Ways to Prevent Holiday Burnout Through Spirituality and Adventure

#1 Cultivate Self-Compassion

During the holidays, we’re often too hard on ourselves.

We feel frustrated if we fall behind on holiday errands. Or disappointed if we don’t give the perfect gift. These emotions might leave you feeling unworthy of love or joy this season.

The next time you feel like who you are or what you’re doing isn’t enough, practice affirmations. Tell yourself:

I am enough and I love the person who I am.

Don’t let negative self-talk trigger your holiday burnout. Rather, give yourself the gift of self-compassion. Affirmations are empowering and provide gentle reminders to be compassionate to yourself, so you will feel more deserving of love.

#2 Practice Gratitude

It’s difficult to enjoy life when you’re occupied with everything that seems wrong. 

I don’t have the perfect holiday gifts! or I keep getting buried under all these holiday errands!

However, the holidays are meant to be filled with love, family, and joy.

Remember that the next time a negative thought slips into your mind. 

Pause. Let it flow. Then say something that you’re grateful for.

When you practice gratitude, you retrain your mind to think more optimistically. You will also discover that your life is touched by countless blessings this holiday season.

#3 Study Your Faith

What faith do you practice? 

Is it Christianity? Buddhism? Maybe it’s Judaism or another religion.

Whatever your religion is, the holiday season is the perfect time for renewing your spiritual self through your faith.

When was the last time you studied your religious practices? Or the last time you had a conversation with your higher being?

If your anxiety is spiraling out of control, it may be time to rely on your higher power. Pull out your favorite scripture and read it aloud. Reflect on how you can apply it to your life. Faith and prayer can support you through the holiday rush. 

#4 Revel in the Sunshine

In the holiday hustle and bustle, we’re often so busy checking off our holiday lists that we forget to take breaks.

If you’re feeling the holiday overwhelm, try walking outside and feeling the sunshine on your face.

Sensory self-care is a wonderful way to calm your system and soothe chronic stress. Your body will appreciate the warmth and vitamin D gathered from the sun.  

Also, fresh air and sunshine has been linked to improved mood. Sunshine helps you produce more serotonin, which can soothe your holiday stress. 

Nature has an abundance of healing properties to offer. Open your senses and welcome it into your body.

#5 Practice Deep Breathing

During the holidays, your attention is pulled in every direction. Work, holiday errands, and caring for your family can stretch you thin.

In the midst of the holiday chaos, don’t forget to pause and breathe.

Deep breathing can collect your scattered attention and center it within your body.

Try it now.

Take a slow, deep inhale as you count to five. Feel your belly expand. Experience the rising in your chest. Savor the cool air rushing through your nose.

Now exhale even slower as you count to ten. Feel your shoulders, your chest, your belly, slowly lowering with gravity’s pull.

Feel the difference?

In just a few moments, you can tap into yourself and discover true peace during this season.

Don’t Let Burnout Dampen Your Holiday Spirit

If you’re reading this article and thinking to yourself:

These tips are all about preventing burnout. But I’m feeling anxious and exhausted in this very moment. Help!

Remember to practice the deep breathing exercise we learned earlier. Inhale to a count of five. Exhale to a count of ten.

Imagine each exhale pushing the stress and anxiety out of your body. 

Next, I want to help you combat your burnout today by drawing from my first tip: self-compassion.

I believe the best way to express compassion inward is to take care of yourself. That’s why I’d love to send you a FREE gift: “From Burnout To Balance: A Simple 10-Minute Daily Self-Care Practice.” 

This practice has been shown to:

  • Increase mindfulness, well-being, self-confidence, and personal power
  • Increase your ability to concentrate
  • Cultivate a greater resilience to stress, a positive mindset, and a sense of hopefulness and calm
  • Decrease stress and stress-related symptoms like frustration, mood swings, feelings of overwhelm or lack of control, anxiety, depression, low energy, headaches, body aches and pains, muscle tension, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and frequent colds and infections
  • Reduce or even stop worrying

In just ten minutes, you can practice self-compassion and slowly heal your burnout.

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Preventing Holiday Burnout Part 1: Try These 3 Self-Care Tips

You’re standing in line, shopping for holiday presents at the last minute… again.

The last thing you want to do after a long day at work is to run stressful holiday errands. But, here you are.

Next!

The cashier calls you over. As he rings you up, you massage the knots in your shoulder. You wince at the hammering in your temples. Through the pain, you consider stopping for coffee to hopefully clear your brain fog.

This is what holiday burnout feels like.

The signs of burnout feel like uninvited guests every holiday season. Instead of joyful anticipation for the holidays, all you feel is exhaustion and anxiety. Woman with Holiday stress

This holiday season, I want to equip you with self-care practices that will improve your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. That way, you can enjoy your holidays and savor the time you spend with your loved ones.

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#1 Fortify Your Body

For many people, burnout symptoms manifest in their bodies. Headaches. Tense muscles. Shallow breathing. Here are three physical self-care tactics to address those problems.

Prioritize Sleep Quality

Sleep improves your energy levels, sharpens your focus, and improves your appetite. However, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep

If low energy levels seem to be the norm lately, start evaluating your sleep quality. Are you going to bed on time? Are you consistently sleeping for six to eight hours? If not, make improving your sleep quality a top priority. 

Fuel Your Body

Burnout and the common cold often partner up during the holiday season. Depending on what you eat, your diet can worsen your symptoms. Excessive sugar and empty calories can sabotage your energy levels, mental clarity, and mood.

Boost your immune system with wholesome, nutritious meals. Fueling your body with the right foods can help you ward off holiday burnout.

Get Moving

If you’re sitting at a desk from sun-up to sun-down, it’s easy to save exercise for “when you feel like it”. 

I’ll try again tomorrow. It’s been a long day and I’m beat.

However, neglecting exercise does little to soothe your signs of burnout. When you consistently exercise, you can boost your energy, sharpen your focus, and increase self-esteem. 

Taking walks during your work breaks (Another tip: schedule in work breaks!) and during the weekends can be a convenient way to strengthen your heart, while combating all the holiday stress.

#2 Reclaim Your Mind

As fall transitions into winter, your mind is bombarded with holiday-related errands. Practice mental self-care with these tips to help you better manage holiday burnout.

Declutter Your Mind

Ever felt overwhelmed by a huge project?

Looming deadlines and a mountain of work is enough to overwhelm anybody.

We often see the holidays the same way: a mountain of work. 

The best way to climb this mountain is one step at a time. And that first step is getting all those holiday errands out of your head and onto paper. Once you’ve written them down, assign each task a date and time on your calendar.

With a little organization and the right productivity systems, our minds don’t always have to suffer from burnout.

Meditate

Sitting in silence with your thoughts can be scary. Distracting yourself with social media and your favorite TV series is so much easier.

However, our minds can get cluttered with anxiety, overwhelm, and self-doubt. Meditation helps you clear that mental gunk and invites inspiration and peace back into your life.

If you find yourself overwhelmed with holiday stress, sit down and meditate. If you’re still uncomfortable with silence, try guided meditation with a mobile app. 

Avoid consuming negativity from toxic people and online sources. Instead, feed your mind with inspiration and positivity, like the content I share when you sign up for my mailing list.

#3 Discover and Celebrate Your Emotions

Emotional exhaustion can easily tear down your resiliency during the holidays. Here is how you can add emotional self-care to your routine.

Journal

The self-care process can be a journey of self-discovery. However, your voice is often drowned out by trending news, social media, and marketing ads.

We get so busy listening to others that we forget to listen to ourselves.

Journaling helps you tune back into your thoughts. Rediscovering who you are and what you value helps you achieve emotional harmony.  Don’t wait until the holidays to gift yourself with a journal. Delve into your thoughts and emotions now.

Connect with Your Loved Ones

Inter-connection is biologically wired into all of us. Our survival depended on people forging bonds and building communities.

As you prepare for the holidays, schedule some quality time with your loved ones. Plan a dinner with a close friend. Give your mom a hug. Go on a date with your lover.

When you give your time and love, you will receive it back in abundance.

Overcome Holiday Burnout In Just Ten Minutes…

Holiday burnout happens to the best of us, myself included. If left unmanaged, it can derail the entire holiday season for you.

And that’s why I want to help you. In addition to these self-care tips, you can sign up to receive a FREE gift: “From Burnout To Balance: A Simple 10-Minute Daily Self-Care Practice.” 

This practice has been shown to:

  • Increase mindfulness, well-being, self-confidence, and personal power
  • Increase your ability to concentrate
  • Cultivate a greater resilience to stress, a positive mindset, and a sense of hopefulness and calm
  • Decrease stress and stress-related symptoms like frustration, mood swings, feelings of overwhelm or lack of control, anxiety, depression, low energy, headaches, body aches and pains, muscle tension, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and frequent colds and infections
  • Reduce or even stop worrying

If you dedicate just ten minutes everyday to caring for yourself, your life will transform for the better.

Click here now to download your “From Burnout To Balance: A Simple 10-Minute Daily Self-Care Practice.

Spice Up Your Life: How Adventurous Self-Care Helps You Overcome Burnout

Being on the road to burnout stinks.

Your life feels like it’s being smothered in a wet blanket. Instead of seeing the world in technicolor, you see everything in monochromatic grey that’s about as exciting as the 100th Seattle rainy day in a row.

Not only has dreariness overtaken you, but according to the World Health Organization (WHO) burnout puts your health in jeopardy. And although the WHO focuses on workplace burnout, we all know that you can’t separate your life into isolated compartments.

In other words, if you’re burned out at work, you’re burned out in other areas of your life too. 

Great, just what you wanted to know, right? Then you drag yourself through another day wishing you had something to look forward to.

Because if you did, you believe that maybe – just maybe! – you’d overcome the burnout that’s taking over your life.

Your instincts are correct. But how do you go about bringing the excitement and anticipation back into your life?

The answer…

Adventurous self-care.

Let’s dive in so you can start to spice up your life.

What Is Adventurous Self-Care?

Most of us immediately think of self-care as getting a massage, or taking a long bubble bath, or enjoying a favorite treat. These are all valid ways to care for yourself, and I highly encourage them.

Adventurous self-care is just a little different, though. Its primary focus is to zing you out of your rut and help you feel alive. 

When was the last time you dared yourself to jump out of your comfort zone? Because if you’re living your life in shades of burnout dreariness, I bet it’s been awhile. That’s why it’s called a comfort zone, right? Because it’s comfortable. 

Until you’ve gotten so used to it that you’ve dug yourself right into a burned-out rut. And when you have, you need to light a metaphorical firecracker under you to make your world come alive again. But how?

It’s simpler than you might believe.

Discover These Adventurous Self-Care Activities

Let’s face it; you’re probably feeling a little puzzled, trying to come up with reasonable activities for adventurous self-care.

Maybe you think you have to do something huge like parachute out of a perfectly good airplane. Not so! (Unless you really want to!)

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Adventurous self-care doesn’t have to be something that leaves your heart in your throat or your stomach in knots. Take a look at these suggestions to get you started:

  • Take a hike in the woods in a new location. Ditch the earphones and music; instead, tune in your senses to your surroundings. Try to identify the different sounds you hear, or the scents that waft around you.
  • Sign up with a friend to walk, jog, or run a short race. Many communities have numerous 5k events for a variety of causes. Choose one you’d like to support, sign up, then get out there and participate. Bonus: the exercise will trigger your body to produce endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that boost your mood and help you overcome burnout.
  • Take a day trip to a place you’ve wanted to visit, but haven’t. Search online for interesting events, appealing restaurants, or fun shops. Treat the trip like a mini-holiday – because it is.
  • If you’re feeling somewhat daring, consider taking a comedy improv course. Many people are scared to be up on stage trying to be humorous in front of an audience, so don’t be hard on yourself if you feel frightened. No one ever died from doing improv, making it a perfect opportunity to jump out of your comfort zone! 

Being adventurous doesn’t have to mean taking an African photo safari or climbing Mount Everest. There are plenty of everyday adventures to be had in your own area, and are limited only by your imagination. 

Can you see how taking yourself out of your comfort zone, even if just a little bit at first, can bring you back from burnout? Depending on the activity, you’ll:

  • Produce endorphins that make you feel happier and more optimistic
  • Boost your self-esteem
  • Raise your energy by being around supportive people
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment and pride

I’m curious to know what you would do for your adventure! What appeals to you? What would help get you out of the burnout rut? Let me know in the comments below.

Let Adventurous Self-Care Bring You Back From Burnout

Burnout is serious.

So if you’re trodding down the road to burnout, I urge you to consider adventurous self-care as an antidote.

How delicious would it feel to wake up excited about your day again…

Re-awaken your dormant sense of optimism…

Look in the mirror and see yourself smiling back.

I want this for you, and I imagine you want it for yourself too.

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How To Prevent – Or Even Heal – Burnout By Coming To Your Senses

Normally, someone exhorting you to come to your senses means “smarten up!” But I’m going to take a completely different approach – I want you to come to your senses by caring for and indulging them, so you can prevent or even heal burnout.

Yet before you can come to your senses, we’ve got to take a look at just what I mean by sensory self-care.

What Is Sensory Self-Care?

In a nutshell, it’s just what it sounds like: caring for your five senses, which are sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing. And to be most effective, sensory self-care needs to address and indulge each of them so you can be soothed and uplifted because your senses aren’t stand-alone; rather, they are tightly intertwined with each other. 

As an example of how they’re linked, when a person loses a sense, such as their sight, their other senses become keener. It’s simply not possible to affect one sense without affecting the others.

But just how do you go about caring for a sense, anyway? It’s not as though we’re taught this along with brushing our teeth or taking a bath.

Let’s take a look.

How To Care For Your Senses 

To start, I want you to very consciously make an association between one of your senses and a precious memory. For example, you know how a certain smell can instantly take you back to a particular time and place during which you felt all squishy, warm, and happy? Perhaps the scent of warm vanilla reminds you of baking cookies with someone you love. In that case, you could light a vanilla-scented candle or dab on a vanilla essential oil blend. 

Then voila, you invoke those same feelings of joy and positivity!

Next, move on to another sense. Perhaps you can indulge your hearing by sitting quietly and listening to a favorite song – one that makes you smile and tap your toes. Really pay attention to the notes, harmonies, and pauses. Notice how your mind and body respond to the music you cherish.

Then, repeat for your remaining three senses. Some ideas for you:

  • Get a beautiful silk fabric swatch to touch
  • Frame a favorite photograph to look at
  • Get a piece of the most delicious, decadent chocolate to taste

These are suggestions. Be sure to choose something that’s meaningful to you, and that uplifts and satisfies you.

Now that you’ve chosen your special items, here’s what I want you to do next. In my other self-care articles I’ve said to create a routine, but this time we’re going to do something different.

Instead of a set routine, I’d like you to assemble a sensory self-care kit with the items you’ve chosen.  Keep them together in one easily accessible place. That way, when burnout symptoms such as despair, apathy, frustration, or overwhelm raise their head, you’ve got your kit close at hand to counter the symptoms. 

Sensory self-care needs to address and indulge each of your 5 senses so you can be soothed and uplifted because your senses aren’t stand-alone; rather, they are tightly intertwined with each other. Click To Tweet

How Sensory Self-Care Helps You Overcome Burnout

You may not always be able to drop everything and tend to your sensory self-care. But you know your kit is waiting for you. Even a few minutes of caring for yourself will help. So inhale your special scent. Slide your fingers across the silk, and smile at the feel. Put in your earbuds and listen to your music.

See how you’re very deliberately using the power of positive association to soothe yourself and cultivate a positive state of mind? This is so critical when you’re showing signs of burnout, and especially so if you’re already in full blown burnout.

Self-Care Is Vital To Your Well-Being

I realize the idea of sensory self-care may seem very indulgent. So many of us women have been conditioned to believe it’s selfish to spend time on ourselves, unless we’re tending to our physical health. But your sensory well-being is as vital to your complete health and well-being as washing your hands or going to the doctor for an annual exam. 

I encourage you to take your sensory self-care as seriously as you do your women’s wellness checkups or your dental exams. Tend to all aspects of your health and wellness; after all, you’re not a collection of parts that are separate from each other! You’re an integrated, whole being who deserves to feel good in all aspects of her life.

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And I’m curious to know what you would choose as one of your sensory self-care items? Maybe chocolate’s not your thing, but raspberry jam is! Or instead of a smooth bit of silk, you’d prefer fabric with a velvety nap. Let me know in the comments below!

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