Life has an ultimatum: do we want to live a life of burnout or balance? The good news is that balance is the antidote to burnout. For that antidote to work, you need to understand what it’s made up of. Just as I’ve broken balance into three elements to help combat burnout.
Balance is Energy
Wouldn’t you love to have the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy to accomplish all that you want in life? Burnout zaps your life energy, but balance boosts your ability to tackle any tasks, great or small.
But how do you increase your energy? It’s simpler than you might think… sleep.
According to the Sleep Foundation, in 2020 one-half of Americans are impacted by sleep disorders. Sleep deprivation can cause car accidents, impair judgement on the job and emotional functioning in social and family relationships. Insufficient sleep has an estimated economic impact of over $411 Billion each year in the U.S. alone.
The truth is the answer to better rest is different for everyone. You may need to consult your doctor for the best quality. Or maybe get a new bed or establish new habits. Whatever the solution is, sleep is the best way to get the energy you need to combat the depletion burnout brings to your life.
Balance is Engagement
Burnout leads to disconnection with yourself and others. When you don’t have enough energy to connect heart to heart, it’s easy to become disengaged not only at work but also with friends and family.
I like to use this acronym to help remind me how to engage heart-to-heart with people: CONNECT
Open body language
Notice their needs and passion
“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James Barrie
Balance is Effective
For the first time in 19-years I went skiing at age 41 and thought I was bound to break some bones going down those dangerous slopes. However, I was with some friends who tackled the mountain with enjoyment and enthusiasm, so away we went.
Balance is a lot like skiing down slippery slopes. The more I skied, the more curious I got about how people kept their balance. This made me think of 3 kinds of skiers:
The snow-plow skier. This is my wife, Rhonda. She looked at her skies the entire time as she plowed through the snow and missed the beautiful mountains. She was overly cautious and played it safe. But she got down the mountain.
The second kind is the speedster. I was amazed at how children and teenagers would zoom down the slopes without poles or fear. Their sheer lack of fear kept them balanced. They weren’t afraid to fall yet welcomed the opportunity.
The third is the smooth skier. The skier that found a medium between speed, simplicity and catching the serene beauty of the landscape around us. They took in the journey and the challenge. Balance wasn’t a task, but a state of being for them.
All three were effective at balancing and there is no wrong way to balance here, you just need to find the way that works best for you. Perhaps you even start off one way and finish another.
Find your personal balance on the slippery slopes of work, and you will live and work with speed, simplicity and serenity eventually because balance is effective with practice.