Burnout was never a word that I would have associated with my future. I wasn’t in healthcare or finance, I didn’t have a list of committees I volunteered on, I wasn’t a get up and go, high energy person that worked from sun up to sun down. I was and am a Mom.
Burnout sneaks up on you and if you don’t know the signs or take the time to care for yourself it will consume you. My experiences have led me to places I never thought I’d go. They also have taught me how important it is to take care of myself. If I am not cared for I am not able to take care of my children, I’m not able to work, I’m not able to function.
I have learned simple strategies that have changed my life. I have released the guilt and found hope - for me! I have learned how to take care of my needs and pursue my dreams while still taking care of those who need my help. I have learned to set healthy boundaries, recognize my strengths, prioritize my needs and pay attention to my physical, emotional, and mental health WHILE still providing care for those who need me.
I now coach individuals and groups on how to do what I’ve done for myself. High stress caring isn’t a dirty little secret. Love yourself as much as you want to help the person you are caring for. You deserve to be happy, healthy and hopeful!!