...at times wanting to prove something to ourselves and others. This is coupled with the responsibilities of a home, our children's educations and any and all activities you're involved in. Lastly you have the external and internal stresses including the environment you live in, your financial situation and your health or the health of those in the family.
- Seek out support. You're not meant to be an island. You're not meant to "deal" with this alone. Others have been where you are. Your friends and family are a vital and important part of your support system... be willing to ask for their help and support. If you recognize that you need more help and/or support than your family and friends are capable of giving you then pursue the help and support you need.
- Slow down and take time off. You've already worn yourself out and you MUST take a break. This break is vital to dealing with your emotional, mental and physical state. It's time to bring hope and joy back as well as to rebuild appetite and sleeping habits. During this time off change any habits that tend to set you up for a more stressful day. Take the time to assess your mental, emotional and physical state and chose your environment to appropriately and positively benefit you.
- Rediscover what is important. After you've done the first two stated above then you can deal with re-evaluating your priorities and how you got to where you're at. If you're a caregiver who has the soul responsibility for someones care it's time to figure out what changes are necessary to balance things out. If you're a volunteer who burned out -- what triggers your stress? Do you feel that you have little to no control over what you do or is it a lack of recognition? You need to find your trigger(s) and address them... and consider the reasons you volunteered to begin with. If your job has you burned out -- do you have too many responsibilities? Have you neglected time to socialize? Is your job chaotic or monotonous? Evaluate your job and consider any changes that may be necessary.