The World Health Organisation recently declared burn-out to be “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

You may have experienced burn-out at some point of your life. Your job demands so much of your time and energy, that you find yourself neglecting your family, social life, faith, and even your own well-being. What’s more, the politics at work drain the energy within you and make it challenging for you to work productively. The workplace that you used to look forward to returning to and your job that used to bring you so much joy and reinvigoration, has become the same thing that is causing negativity and a breath of exhaustion to rise in your spirit.

When was the last time you took a step back from all these stresses and all the different components of your life that you have to juggle with, to just BE?

When we get more and more weighed down by burdens and pressure, that is when most of us would plunge in deeper into the tasks. But you see, sometimes it is in these moments that we need more than ever, to take a breather; to connect with ourselves and with God again – to rest and be recharged by the Divine One!

1. Begin each new day with a time of prayer.

  • Bring to God all the weight that is on your shoulders. Place these in His hands, knowing that these burdens are not yours to carry, but His. Give it all back to Him, and begin to trust again. Enter the new day, knowing that our God is standing with you as you face every task at hand.
  • Pray a prayer of surrender or submission to the Father, such as the Suscipe by St Ignatius of Loyola

2. Get lost in something you’re passionate about

  • For some of us, engaging in activities we are passionate about bring us life and helps us find rest. This could be painting, reading, exercising, being with nature, going on a hike, the list is endless! And if we really enter into these activities and invite God to accompany us, then that is where we can possibly find refreshment of spirit too.

3. Dedicate a weekend to go on a silent retreat

  • Disconnect from all that needs to be done, to be still with your Creator. Allow the Lord some one-on-one time with you, then come back refreshed, refocused, and realigned with His heart that longs for you to be free.

We need to be aware of how we are doing so that we can address our needs before we buckle under the pressure. Let us not be afraid to call for help when we are struggling, or to ask for a break when we have been too stretched. It is when we are healthy (physically, emotionally, and spiritually), that we can become more effective workers in our organisations and in the Lord’s vineyard!

Sharleen Chia

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