"To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways we are supported by the world around us" ~Gregg Krech
But your energy's lower than it used to be. You're a little bit cranky about the to-do list. You're fantasizing about how you can get out of ________ (insert your dreaded event here). Wondering what happened to your mojo. (You used to rock this job!)
You know the feeling... Burnout.
Burnout can mean a lot of things.
It may be your body's signal that it's time for you to graduate from something you've outgrown in your life so you can embrace something new. It may mean that you need to make more time for self-care.
Either way, we want you feeling better (1) so you can enjoy your life to its fullest, and (2) so you have the clarity and vision to create the changes you want in your life.
We'll have lots of articles in the coming months exploring what's underneath that burnout and what it's telling you. But today, I'm introducing a new series to help you start healing from burnout right away: Burnout Busters.
This first Burnout Buster will not only change your day, it can change your life: The Gratitude Shift
When I am feeling burnt out with life’s obligations, one of the surest ways to shift how I feel is to practice gratitude.
I’m not talking about the guilty “I’m-such-an-ungrateful-lout-I-should-be-grateful-I-even-have-a-job” kind of gratitude.
Is there a grain of truth in there? Of course. There’s nothing like remembering how fortunate we are to start appreciating what we have (but try not to call yourself names, OK? ‘Cuz I adore you).
But that’s not the kind of gratitude I’m talking about.
Guilt-driven “gratitude” can keep you stuck in a job or relationships that are sucking the life out of you and it can keep you from your best life.
I’m talking about gratitude that FEELS GREAT for you.
3 Ways Gratitude Benefits You Right Away
2. Gratitude reduces stress, boosts immunity, improves relationships, and has all sorts of other health benefits.
3. Gratitude trains your brain to see the positive. This builds new neural pathways and opens your awareness to see positive solutions and new opportunities. And Girlfriend, if you are burning out, you need this! Now.
1. Write down three good things in your life right now. It could be as simple as the steaming cup of coffee in front of you, or the plant on our desk.
2. Pick Thing #1 on your list and send thanks to it. (Not thanks for, but thanks to. I know it sounds kinda nutty, but just try it. It's seriously fun. )
3. Imagine that Thing #1 is aware of your thanks and receives it. Imagine it smiling and beaming right back at you. (Honestly, tell me this doesn’t feel good!)
4. Repeat with Thing #2 and Thing #3.
It feels good doesn’t it?
Anytime you’re starting to feel burned out today, pick another thing and send thanks to it. Because you deserve to feel good and to heal from burnout, Love. (Tell us about it in the comments below).
P.S. Extra Credit Challenge: Practice this exercise every day for a week. Notice any changes you feel and experience. You in? Awesome! Declare it in the comments!