This month I want to discuss professional burnout which can transfer to other areas of our lives. When talking about this you have to ask yourself, “How much of a workload can I take in one day and feel normal the next day?”. I’m sure the next question that comes to some of you is “What is normal?” Which is a good question and since everyone is different I am unable to give an exact description for everyone but I will leave you with this, normal is having energy throughout the day to complete your tasks after a full night of rest.
According to Michael Leither, PHD, co-author on Banishing Burnout: Six Strategies for Improving your Relationship with work, “Burnout has three elements. The most immediate is a fatigue you cannot overcome.” The second element is diminishing joy. The third is loss of confidence and your sense of being effective. Ironically those who are most motivated, dedicated and whose job is a big part of their identity and more vulnerable. This book also explains some of the things you can do to catch this early enough so it doesn’t become too overbearing. Things like; Understanding your physical limits, paying attention to your body, letting it go, figuring out your finances and be kind to yourself. Which brings me to massage and how regular massages can help you with a couple of these categories. Massage brings awareness to your body so you can notice problem areas and address them before they become major problems. Massage can also help you with understanding your physical limits. Most importantly though massage is a great way to be kind to your body. So come see myself or Jess for all of your massage needs here at East Wind Acupuncture. With togetherness we can make our world a better place for everyone.
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