If you’re been living in imbalance for any amount of time, it’s very likely you’re experiencing some sort of burnout. One definition of burnout is “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.” Another says it occurs “when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands.” Leading an unbalanced life can leave you with low energy levels, poor self-confidence, and a life that is reactive instead of proactive.
If you’re experiencing burnout, take a step back. Read my tips for building balance. Focus on nurturing yourself and saying no. Then take the time to assess your habits and priorities and eliminate commitments and relationships that detract from your success, well-being, and joy.
It’s important to realize that burnout can happen even if you love what you’re doing. After all, if you love your job, but know you’re neglecting your family, your friends, and your health, too much of a good thing may be a bad thing. Conversely, you may enjoy giving everything you’ve got to care for your family – but pursuing your dream of starting your own business is falling by the wayside, leaving you frustrated and bitter.
It’s vital to understand and accept that you’re not a superhero. To have a balanced life, you need to be realistic: you just can’t do it all. And that’s okay! You don’t need to take on the world singlehandedly. Know what’s most important to you, devote your energies to those things, and learn to be okay with saying no, delegating responsibility, ask for help and support or maybe learn to accept the limitations of your current season of life.