Grab a martini, let's demystify menopause.
Today’s Topic: Are YOU burnt out?
You aren’t alone…
“Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become deeply disillusioned with a job or career from which they have previously derived much of their identity and meaning. It comes as the things that inspire passion and enthusiasm are stripped away, and tedious or unpleasant things crowd in.”
— American Nursing Association
Last fall, I travelled and spoke 9 out of 11 weeks, all across the country, from Oregon to Pennsylvania, to Iowa and Hawaii. It was a grueling and exhausting schedule - and yet so rewarding! I was doing what I love most - educating and inspiring others to live their best lives, and take care of themselves so they can better serve the world.
I did my best to eat healthy, get good sleep, and exercise, even if it was just yoga in my hotel room. And I did a great job sticking to those routines during all of that hectic traveling, but I was still so tired at the end of it all. Burnout was creeping in… I found it hard to answer emails, write new proposals, do my work that I love! I was maxed out.
So, I’ve deliberately stayed close to home this winter, minimizing travel, and throwing myself into another love of mine, musical theater. I’ve been able to recalibrate, get to the gym almost daily, and participate in activities that brings me joy! I feel the burnout lifting, and being replaced with gratitude and energy once again.
Whenever I speak about self-care strategies - whether the context is women’s health, leadership, or fighting inflammation and disease - I hear one thing over and over again: people are burnt out, stressed out, maxed out, and freaked out about their work and personal lives. Everyone seems to be trying to get a grip, and trying to make some peace with it all. So, why is this feeling so pervasive? In my own experience, burnout hits me square in the face when I am not meeting both my physical and mental health needs. I think we can all identify with that.
What are the costs of burnout?
- Impaired job performance
- Major losses for employer: reduced productivity, increased absenteeism, costs of replacement
- Big hits to your personal life, relationships, and health
The problem is real, and it’s not going away. Statistics show that a full 78% of adults feel as anxious, or MORE anxious than they did in the previous year. And that stress has a physical consequences. Study after study shows that workplace burnout is specifically responsible for increased risk for elevated cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, musculoskeletal pain, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory problems, severe workplace injuries, and even increased mortality for people under the age of 45.
What can you do right now to minimize burnout?
You can immediately improve your mental and physical health by getting more, and better, sleep. Move mountains to switch off earlier in the evenings, and get the 7-9 hrs of sleep you need. Another quick way to boost joy, and block burnout? Take at least 5 minutes a day to breathe deep, and remove yourself physically from a place of stress.
I’ll be blogging more about burnout, and my four self-care strategies for slaying it, in the weeks ahead! Keep an eye out for those - and cheers to living your best self!
I’m Kelli. I am a menopause survivor, who has catapulted, stumbled, laughed, and cried my way to the other side of perimenopause and menopause. Along the way I’ve learned invaluable tips and resources to live my best self and beat the Hormone Groan!
No longer a hormone hostage (at least most days), my goal is to help you live well and with personal power through all the changes we go through in this incredible journey of life!