Good News You Can Use: Burnout

In an article, Dr. Paul Meier gives a remedy for burnout.

“‘First,’ he says, ‘recognize the importance of keeping in shape physically. A regular exercise program, along with a balanced diet and adequate rest, are essential for keeping the body tuned up.

“Second, express feelings appropriately. Don’t bottle up emotionally until the cork explodes. [If possible] have a good support system for accountability. Verbalize and share your emotions – laughter as well as crying.

“Third, choose your tasks well. Know your limitations and choose tasks that fit within them.

“Fourth, have a proper perspective on work and relationships. Though we all have the same 168 hours per week to use, every person divides those hours up differently. Set up and commit to a balanced set of priorities.

“Fifth, deal with intimidation well. Be like the Apostle Paul, who gave this response to those attempting to criticize him, ‘It’s a very small thing that I should be judged by you.’ You can survive without having everybody’s approval. We can’t be all things to all people without burning out.

“Sixth, base self-worth on who you are, not on what you do. You are worthwhile because of your relationship with God and your identity in Christ. Your worth is in who you are in Christ, rather than in what you do.

“Seventh, develop an attitude of humility. This involves a day-to-day awareness of your human limitations and your total dependence on God.

“Finally, spend time daily in quiet time with God and scripture memorization. Joshua 1:8 says, ‘The book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night.’ Quiet time with God and His Word each day will help you greatly.”

Burnout can be beaten!

And that’s Good News You Can Use.

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