Leadership Living Well

How to Prevent Burnout

Have you had periods of your life where you feel like you are being the best leader you can be? Everything is working, you feel great, the people around you feel excited! It’s wonderful!

But then have you also felt tired, run down and can’t seem to get motivated like you used to? It’s as if you’re in a leadership slump, of sorts.

The remedy may be found in one or many areas of life, but one that constantly gets neglected, particularly among believers, is something called self care.

What Self Care is Not:
Many people hear “self care” and think of the word selfish. However, that isn’t what self care is about.

Do you remember when Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves? We often focus on how and why we need to better love our neighbor, but the way we love ourselves is often, unfortunately, overlooked. Jesus himself said that you need to value yourself!

After all, you are a human being created in the image of God. Most of us see other image bearers and do things like offer them the benefit of the doubt, encourage them when feeling depleted, or find ways to get them connected with proper help when appropriate. So why wouldn’t you do that for yourself?

What Self Care Looks Like:
Self care can look different for different people but it often involves prayer, rest, and some form of rejuvenating activity. It may include counseling or even a period of stepping out of a leadership role.

Ask the Lord to reveal to you what it is that you need to feel fulfilled once again. Take time to pray about what drew you to your place of leadership in the first place and then ask the Lord to help you see yourself in your role clearly today. This will provide a level of clarity that can recharge your desire to lead or allow you to see that it is time to spend your time elsewhere.

Next, spend some time resting, spiritually, mentally, and physically. Remember God encourages us to take a day of rest and also to be still throughout the Bible.

Finally, do something you love! Do something that fills your cup: spend time with an old friend, go for a run, visit a new place, or read a book just for fun. Doesn’t matter what it is as long as you enjoy it.

Make these three self care activities part of your regular routine and you’ll find that you’re less likely to feel burnt out and you’ll become a better and stronger leader in the process.

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