January is usually the time of the year people will put wellness goals in place to prevent burnout later in the year. As you prepare your wellness goals for the new year, use these tips to ease fatigue and burnout at home and work.
According to Heartmath,
Generally, the term fatigue refers to physical exhaustion: It can result from a hard day’s work at the construction site or the office, or a strenuous physical workout at school or the gym. Other types such as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome require medical attention.
Another form of fatigue that is alarmingly commonplace today is the ongoing fatigue and exhaustion resulting from the wear and tear of everyday life. Millions of people in many of today’s societies have become adapted to the rapid pace of their lives and the weariness that comes from juggling multiple and demanding lifestyles. Knowingly or not, they suffer from a fatigue that won’t subside.
Closely related is burnout, which also is marked by long-term exhaustion and is further defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary as “a state of emotional exhaustion caused by the stresses of one’s work or responsibilities.”
Tips for easing fatigue and burnout:
Step 1: Heart Focus. Focus your attention on the area around your heart, the area in the center of your chest. If you prefer, the first couple of times you try it, place your hand over the center of your chest to help keep your attention in the heart area.
Step 2: Heart Breathing. Breathe deeply, but normally, and imagine that your breath is coming in and going out through your heart area. Continue breathing with ease until you find a natural inner rhythm that feels good to you.
Step 3: Heart Feeling. As you maintain your heart focus and heart breathing, activate a positive feeling. Recall a positive feeling, a time when you felt good inside, and try to re-experience the feeling. One of the easiest ways to generate a positive, heart-based feeling is to remember a special place you’ve been to or the love you feel for a close friend or family member or treasured pet. This is the most important step.