Avoid Burn Out By Finding the Right Balance

personal development Feb 19, 2022

I am sure you have heard the saying, ‘you cannot pour from an empty cup.’ This is why learning self-care is beneficial to your overall well-being. Keeping yourself motivated is an inside job. You might do an excellent job at creating the right environment and implementing the necessary resources to succeed, but if you are not taking proper care of yourself, you will not be able to stay motivated for very long. It is hard to keep pushing yourself to do more when your body cannot perform optimally because it has not been properly taken care of.

Achieving success at the expense of your health is not a very wise idea. It is equally unwise to neglect your family and friends in the process. While it is true that sacrifices will need to be made, your health and relationships should not be one of them. In short, it will be much easier to motivate a healthy mind and body.

These are 5 areas that are often neglected in the pursuit of success:

Nutrition...

How, when and what we eat, has a huge bearing on how well our bodies will perform under pressure. It is easy to begin to neglect your diet when you are focusing all your time, energy and resources on becoming successful.  Filling yourself with quick-access junk food might be convenient now, but it’s important to make healthier decisions upfront in order to avoid health consequences that can rise up when consuming nutrition-void caloric foods. A large percentage of the illnesses we face are in fact nutritional disorders that could have been prevented by the little choices we make with regards to proper diet.

Nutritious food helps our bodies to grow, they give us energy and they help our bodies to repair themselves. In order for our bodies to functional optimally and to avoid burn out, we will need to consume the recommended amount of nutrients for a balanced diet. Here are a few suggestions to make eating well a lot easier.

  •  Avoid foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar
  •  Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid overly processed foods
  •  Read food labels before purchase and consumption
  •  Include food from each food group in each of your meals
  •  Drink more water and less carbonated beverages
  •  Eat 3-5 times per day, meals and snacks
  •  Replace your snacks with healthy options like fresh fruits and nuts

 Rest...

The average human being needs about 7–9 hours of rest each day. Getting sufficient sleep is one of the most essential aspects of finding the right work-life balance. Unfortunately, with the demands of earning a living, caring for your family and pushing yourself to meet your goals, sacrificing sleep might seem like the only logical solution to getting everything done. In fact, some people even reason that sleepless nights are synonymous with success.

Once again, sacrifices will need to be made to reach your goals, but sleep should not be one of them. Not getting the recommended amount of sleep will mean that your body will not get enough time to repair itself  and recharge.  Not getting enough sleep is like trying to work a big project on your device with half the power.  Also, sleep deprivation will affect the optimal function of our minds and can even been linked to depression. How can you motivate a drained mind? Get enough rest and your mind will be ready to help you in your progress towards success.

Exercise...

It could be said, that there are very few people in this world that enjoy exercise. Thankfully, that number is steadily increasing as more and more people are beginning to realize the benefits that it can provide. Constant fatigue and achiness is a sign that you may need to get more exercise. One of the main reasons why people dread exercise is they fear it may be too difficult or they lack coordination and stamina. They assume that they have to start with the difficult things and it will just gradually get worse.

That is not how it works, nor is it recommended. If you are new to working out, it’s best to start small at first and gradually work your way up.  Pace yourself, pushing to do too much, too soon could lead to injuries.  It is also best to vary your workouts for overall improvement in your body as well as giving yourself something different and fun to look forward to.  Find what works for you and engage your mind by mixing up your routine. You will be surprised at the overall positive impact that just a few minutes of exercise a day can have on your body.

In fact, here are a few benefits of getting sufficient exercise:

  •  Regular exercise helps to strengthen your bones
  •  People who exercise often sleep better
  •  The condition of your skin will improve as you sweat and release toxins from your pores
  •  You will be better able to manage your weight
  •  Exercise helps reduces the risk of certain ailments like diabetes and heart disease
  •  Exercise increases the endorphins in your mind to help you feel better
  •  Regular exercise can reduce stress

Family...

Your family is your backbone. The stronger the relationships in your family unit, the steadier your life will be.  Planning quality time with your family, despite a busy schedule, will refuel you and create memories that can be drawn on in times of need.  Making time for the ones you love should always be a priority. This is especially true if children are involved. A child typically does not understand your need to continually work because you are trying to build a better future for them.  They enjoy having you around and want you present.

Their focus is the here and now. The fact that you are not there when they need you most will impact the kind of person they will become. Money cannot buy you happiness and all the successful accolades in the world will not make your children love you anymore. Motivation can soon turn into selfishness if you do not take the time to care for the ones who are closest to you. Plus, when you have the loving support of your family, you will have the kind of support you need to further motivate you to achieving your goals.

Recreation...

“People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.”- John Wanamaker.  Believe it or not, recreation plays a very important role in your success. While it is true that goofing off when you should be working on achieving your goals isn’t the best idea, recreation can be quite beneficial. Taking the time to do the things you enjoy most is just what’s needed to refuel to keep motivated.  The activities that bring about enjoyment are different for each individual so it’s best to find the things that bring you the most satisfaction so that you can return refreshed and renewed.

A life without some form of recreation will not be very enjoyable. And a confused mind is one that does not have a streamlined focus. The incorrect balance of work without some form of enjoyment to help you refuel can easily lead to burn out. Take some time to enjoy the fruits of your labor with those you love. Finding simple ways of practicing better self-care can have a significant and positive impact on your life.

The celebration of reaching your goal without your health, peace of mind or people to celebrate it with will be less enjoyable. Many of the greatest minds have made this mistake and have publicly declared their regret in making that choice. Being motivated to achieve your goals should not come a high personal cost to you. Remember, personal success is not just about achieving your goals, it also involves being happy with the result as well.