It seems like nowadays, people wear “busy” like a badge. So how can you avoid the all-to-common burnout? Here are three ways you can make sure you finish strong:
1. Rest in a way that calms your soul. At the end of a long day, the most common way people relax is to turn on the TV. And while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it doesn’t always give your heart the rest it needs. Watching the news can often bring worry or anxiety about the world. Seeing endless commercials for the latest model of car or phone can often make us feel like what we have isn’t good enough. Stories and good plot lines are fun, but can often make us crave a more exciting or romantic life.
While our body may not be moving, this isn’t true rest. We go to bed just as anxious as we were before. Be purposeful with your rest. Find things that genuinely help your heart and mind slow down. Writing in a journal, meditating on the things you’re thankful for, gardening, taking a walk outside, or painting. Whatever you choose, be aware of how your heart feels when you’re done.
2. Remember that saying Yes to something means saying No to another. We often say yes to things because we don’t want to disappoint people or because it seems like the right thing to do. Or we say yes because it feels like we’re accomplishing more. But remember that activity doesn’t equal accomplishment. You can’t add something without subtracting something else. So what is a priority right now? What are the things that you value most? Before you say yes, make sure your choice won’t be taking away from the things that are most important.
3. Know that slow growth is okay. If you’re passionate about chiropractic, you probably feel the urgency and pressure to go faster and bigger as soon as possible. People are sick and you need to help! But if you work yourself to the bone and burn out in the process, you won’t be helping anyone.
Give yourself permission to be slow and steady. If you can slow down and enjoy the work as you go, you’ll be able to go a lot further and make an even bigger impact than you would by rushing.
You can’t always avoid being busy. Having kids, or even pets, makes life a little hectic! But busy is often a state of mind. Even if your external circumstances seem crazy, your internal heart and mind doesn’t have to feel that way.