3 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout and Fatigue

Tips to help you stay motivated and upbeat, excerpted from Daily Guideposts.


3 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout and Fatigue

See if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.  —Malachi 3:10 (NRSV)

A few years ago I was wiped out, spent. My tank was empty, and I was at the end of my rope, totally burned out. It was a long road back for me.

What’s been most important is not so much how I refueled my tank but the practices I learned to help me to never get that low again— things I now try to do every day. I’d like to share a few of them with you:

• Schedule two or three activities that give you energy each and every day. Call someone to say thanks. Pray through a portion of your prayer journal. Take a short walk. What you do isn’t as important as doing it regularly, whether you think you need it or not.

• Commit yourself to using only positive language for an hour or a morning or even a whole day. It makes a huge difference.

• Write yourself a note at the end of the day, affirming three positive things you did that day, and leave it in a place where you’ll read it first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to finish one day and start the next. Have these simple changes made a difference in my life? Profoundly so. Today, it’s my faith that helps to make me well. And just as important, these practices have allowed me to better use my God-given gifts— ones I came close to losing—to make a difference for others.

Fill my cup, God. Let it overflow—not for me but that I can serve You with all the good gifts You have given me.

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