Relax & Energize Self and Others

By: Eileen Mcdargh, Csp, Cpae

The current environment brings additional stress to our homes and offices. You all probably know some of the symptoms. Here are but a few. Check them off and then consider some actions.

Some Burnout Symptoms:

. Work leaves you physically and emotionally drained.

. You feel like you are accomplishing less and doing more.

. You put your work first but no one appreciates your efforts.

. You’ve lost your sense of humor and playfulness.

. You find yourself short-tempered and angry.

. You go on vacation but the feeling of overwhelm comes back immediately upon return.

What can you do to gain a sense of control? Consider just some of these options:

? Hold certain times sacred.

Mark off a period of time for yourself on your calendar and treat it with gold.

? Learn to say “no" by creating realistic boundaries. Speak up when you are overwhelmed. Remember, no one but YOU knows what you really do in the course of a day. Establish limits that honor the needs of the people around you while preserving the integrity of what you can honestly do.

? Create a workspace that nurtures your soul. Whether it’s filled with pictures of the grandkids or flowers from your garden, this space must speak of you.

? Exercise to burn off stress.

? Allow 15 minutes in the morning just for you. This is quiet time for centering, breathing, preparing for the day. You’ll be glad you did.

Remember: you are the captain of your ship. Pay attention to the wind and waves.

? 2000 by Eileen McDargh. All rights reserved. Reprints must include bylineArticle Search, contact information and copyright.

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