Chances are most of us are there, have been there or will be there soon. These months have been a whopper even for the most fortunate among us and now, with the virus surging again, and on the eve of the most important election of our lifetimes, there’s nowhere to hide from it.
Signs that you are in Burn Out are:
1. Emotional Exhaustion- fatigue from carrying too much fro too long
2. Decreased Sense Of Accomplishment- or a sense of futility, the sense that nothing you do makes any difference.
3. Depersonalization- a depleted sense of compassion
One of the biggest causes of burn out is when we don’t move all the way through an emotion. Did you know that emotions have a beginning, a middle and an end? If you get stuck somewhere in the middle, without seeing it all the way through, that is one of the major causes of burnout. A way you can do this is revisiting the emotion and letting it take its course either by making noise or dancing it out or stomping it out or however you can get yourself all the way through.
Another thing that is useful is knowing that emotions are separate from the stressors causing the emotions. You can deal with the stressor and make it go away, but that does not mean that you have dealt with the emotion the stressor caused. In order to decrease burn out, you must focus on moving through the emotion, not just moving the stressor out of the way.
If this speaks to you and you want more info, check out Brené Brown’s Podcast- Unlocking Us. This episode is all about Burnout.
I hope this is useful as you move through this week. I will be holding space for you on the mat. I hope you have made strong provisions to take care of yourself. No matter what happens, the work will have to continue and we will have to continue to move through these dark times, hopefully to a better time.
And if you are considering not voting, please consider this. There’s no such thing as inaction. Even no action, silence and non-doing are actions. For example, if you stand by and watch as someone is beaten or verbally berated, you are not free of blame. It happened on your watch. Democracy is not perfect, and yet this election will not only decide the fate of Americans but it will set tone for events happening in the world at large. To not vote is a vote, it is to give over your power and turn your back on your conscience. If you are reading this, you have probably cared for a Latin, LGBTQAI+ person, because you have cared about me. And these are just a few of the things that are on the ballot. There is more, so much more. You can do this. WE CAN DO THIS. We have no choice but through.