Burnout Mode

I think worry and anxiety often times comes from the fast-paced lives we live in now. Over the last ten years I’ve seen it get worse in the workplace. Companies rather overload their employee’s with unreasonable expectations, than hire an extra person so the business has better productivity done by employee’s that give their best vs. their last morsel of sanity. Since they are paying that ten or fifteen- year employee a lot of (well-earned) money, who cares if they leave? Then they can just hire someone younger and pay them a lot less money. Meanwhile the tenured employee who put their heart and soul into being loyal, suddenly feels, burnt out, inadequate and let down to know that the company really didn’t care about loyalty at all. Makes you wonder if it’s all worth it, doesn’t it?
As a society, we no longer know how to just rest and renew our bodies, our souls and our minds. We just keep going until the point of exhaustion.
I knew this was the life I was living for years. I didn’t feel like I had the luxury of relaxing and resting. There were too many bills to be paid and things to take care of. Nobody was going to swoop in and solve all my problems.
So much of our days are comprised of our internal thoughts which in turn flow out of us with our words and actions. Common sense tells me that if we are constantly thinking negative thoughts, then that is the energy that will keep coming back to us. But what if you are doing your best to stay positive? What if you are doing your best and it still isn’t good enough for those around you? In your job, your family life, your finances, etc? Sometimes we can do our best and it still doesn’t seem to move the marker. It’s a defeating thought and reality at times, but you still keep going through the motions thinking things will change.
Before you know it, you are in burnout mode. Nothing feels joyful anymore and if it does, it seems forced. You find yourself counting down the days to the weekend, hoping that maybe you will be able to actually enjoy something. Life seems to be an endless toil of all work and no play.
In looking back now, I realize that my body let me know that enough was enough. For some it is stomach pain, others experience migraines, or have anxiety issues. Trust me, your body will always let you know. For me, it was a cancer diagnosis that stopped me dead in my tracks. From that point on my perspective on everything changed.
It changed the way I ate, the way I interacted or chose to NOT interact with certain people in my life. It made me want to clean my house and get rid of all the stuff I didn’t need or value any longer. It made me realize that we never really do know when our time will come to say goodbye. It made me realize that I rather make more memories than have more stuff.
It also gave me more power to chose what really mattered to me and what didn’t. I no longer care if I please this person or that, but I do care if I show love, even in hard situations. I no longer feel the need to explain why or why not to anyone, but then again that could be a sign of my age as well.
It also made me feel weak in a way because we are only in control of so much. Everything else will happen whether we want it to or not. The key is how we react to our situation. That is where the real power is. Does it matter if you work at a local coffee shop or that you’re a doctor or a lawyer? Does it lessen the significance of your soul or the role you were put here on earth to fulfill? NO.
The real power is writing your own script in your own movie that is called your life. The people who judge you are judging out of some darkness they feel towards themselves.
If you want to be a waitress, or go for that degree, ask yourself why? Is it to make you happy, or everyone else happy? Because last I checked, everyone else does not have to live your life, you do. Burnout mode is not living the life we were put here for. If things are hectic, take time to schedule your downtime, just like you would a work meeting. Take a day trip, or walk around your neighborhood. Do anything that makes you feel alive and connected. Spend uninterrupted time with your children without your phones or tablets within reach. Be present in the moment. We have forgotten how to do that.
Burnout mode robs us of joy and steals our health if we let it. We only get one life to live so why not make the most of it even if it takes small changes over a period of time to give us some relief. We all deserve some level of happiness. Sometimes we just have to create it for ourselves.

2 thoughts on “Burnout Mode

  1. Wow Dori….. I can’t tell you how your sincere and
    wise words hit home ! As I sat here reading your
    post I felt like your words were coming from my
    mouth. Of course you were much more eloquent
    in how you describe things than I could ever be.
    I’m really beat….. this is not even remotely close to
    the type of world I grew up in nor is it the type of
    life. I worry about the fact that my grandchildren
    will never experience what I experienced as a
    child….. love, caring for others, celebration,
    appreciation, kindness, faith, family, hope and a
    life filled with happiness. The times we live in are
    a sorry excuse for “a lifetime filled with happiness”
    There is so much hatred, so much ignorance, so
    much unhappiness…… for what ? What does this accomplish ? I look at the younger generation
    and I wonder why all the demonstrators are so angry? I cannot fathom how anyone can deliver
    a newborn baby and then murder it ? I don’t want to
    get political but I cannot and I will not EVER
    understand how people can believe this is right
    and support these monsters ! It’s so sad…..
    My heart breaks every day listening to and seeing the
    news….. so much so that I now try to avoid it. What’s
    the answer Dori ? I keep asking myself that question but I come up with nothing. Too may things that have
    caused these problems have been embedded in our
    lives…… computers, cell phones, internet, etc. We don’t take time for ourselves, we don’t sit
    around the dinner table and discuss what
    happened that day, everyone has all their attention on their phone instead. Go into any restaurant and just look around you. People don’t talk to each other anymore. So, so,sad and time we
    all learn to focus on what is much more important
    in our lives….. each other….. ❤️❤️❤️

    • Elaine…you are so very right. I can’t help but notice it all. All we can do is shut off our “news” channels and talk to our children about being present for eachother. Things will never be the same as they used to be unless people stop being so offended and start loving eachother

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