This is really weird. It's not that I'm sick or something, it seems that I am losing my path (My purpose). Most of the time, I do things to reach for something or just the thought of getting something done. But there comes a time that I hit a dead end sort of mind set. I don't know if anyone can relate to this, it's like something/someone deep within me is asking what am I doing?, or what is it I really want? At first I tend to ignore, I just thought it might be a result of stress at work or just plain lack of sleep. Hmmm... I hope it's not what they called a 'middle life crisis' (I'm not that old). Someone mention that to me but I'm sure that's not it.
What to do?...(yep, I post it here). I know I really need to talk this stuff to real homosapien. Since many things happen this past weeks. I might have something they call a "burnout". Since I have little info about it, I searched and explored around the word...........wide web (in short -googled) about it. Well , here's what I found.
The 7 Signs of Burnout
Are you feeling overcome by the stresses of life? Do you feel like you are about
to burn out? Tired of people, ministry, even life? Do you have a hard time getting
up in the morning? If any of these make you stop and think, you may be well on
your way to feeling burned out. Burnout occurs more often than one might expect
with stress being the main cause. You are not alone though; as many as one in
three Americans feel like they have a lot of stress in their lives.
With stress and burnout such a big problem, what are some of the reasons for
feeling burned out? Well, there could be a number of reasons why you are feeling
depressed, tired and stressed or maybe just one or two. It is important to
identify them, and one way to do that is to look at the signs of burnout and see
if they match up with anything in your life. After that you can try to start
cutting back or avoiding those things that cause burnout in your life. Read the
following to learn what the 7 major burnout signs are and then try to think about
whether they show up in your life.
The 7 major signs of Burnout:
1 Constantly busy with "Important" things that cause you to feel overwhelmed.
This could be due to an inability to say no to things, or simply a difficult and
2 Feeling tired or constantly staying up late at night and not getting enough
sleep. People might tell you that you look tired or you often fall asleep in
meetings or church.
3 Reacting negatively to people or getting angry over little things. This
doesn't mean just getting angry with close friends and family, it also means you
ignore or respond harshly to people you normally have to work hard at being nice
4 A sense of being spiritually drained or uninterested in the Bible and
church. You might find yourself being distracted at church or simply wondering why
you bother going.
5 Spiritual stagnation, no motivation to grow in your relationship with God.
6 Neglecting personal needs and those of your family. You might feel that you
are already spending all of your energy on ministry or other 'good' things and
when you come home you have nothing left and you just want to sit and be left
alone or do whatever you want to do.
7 Work or ministry has become monotonous and you feel no enjoyment in what you
do. This could be from working in the wrong kind of job.
Do you see these signs in your own life? Even small parts of these signs could be
an indicator that you might be getting burned out from your ministry or job. And
when you get burned out, your effectiveness in your job or ministry drops to near
Now that you know what signs of burnout might be in your life, it’s time to look
into recovering and healing from burnout.
It is important to note that stress at times in some small amounts can be good. It
can help motivate, and encourage you to get things done. But it is easy to go from
a reasonable amount of stress to way too much, stress in your life. It can
sometimes be hard to tell when you have a reasonable amount and when you are
overloaded but if you notice any of the signs, it probably means you have to much
stress in your life.
Burnout on the other hand, is not something you want any amount of in your life.
It is important to realize the difference now so that you can deal with it and
recover as soon as possible.