We work on average 40 hours a week however there are individuals who exceed this amount averaging 50 plus hours a week. Research shows that burnout affects service professionals more and more.
According to The World Health Organisation burnout is an “occupational phenomenon”. On the 28th of May 2019 burnout was included by The World Health Organisation in the revision of The International Classification of Diseases. Although burnout is not classified as a medical condition it is nevertheless diagnosed officially as a non negligible condition, which results from chronic workplace stress.
I know that you are passionate about your work however you feel stressed out and overwhelmed by the demands it puts on you.
Enduring long working hours has the following consequences:
It is estimated that we spend our time every week on average:
But do you know that you have 72 hours to spare every week or on average 62 hours if you count travelling time to work and back.
In view of the speed of life and the quality of life you want to live, it is important that you spend wisely the remaining 72 hours you have available every week.
Do you wake up happy or have you been complaining a lot recently about what is not working in your life? If you have been complaining about certain aspects of your life it is time to take the Life Balance Assessment so that you can improve the quality of your life and find peace.
I would like to share with you in this blog article the benefits of the Life Balance Assessment and how you can improve dramatically your work-life balance.
The Life Balance Assessment is a simple and powerful tool which lets you:
In his book ‘The Stress Cure’ Patrick Halford demonstrates the stress epidemic in a health survey his company carried out with more than 55,000 participants. His health survey revealed that 72% of the participants felt stressed, while 66% experienced frequent anxiety and tension.
If you are reading this article you might be suffering from high levels of stress.
Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results . With this quote in mind for positive change and in order to reduce stress you must be willing to do things differently.
Where most people get stuck is that they keep doing the same things that do not work over and over again. Thus, they cannot reach different results or experience any improvement. As you read this blog article you must be willing to do things differently in order to increase your well-being.
Which brings me to the first quick way to reduce stress:
A stressor is...
James Allen said:
This quote by James Allen “Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom” reveals to us that the more we cultivate a calm mind the wiser we become. As a result, the wisdom we attain helps us to live a more peaceful, loving, joyful and happy life.
However, if you spend most of your time on the computer, your mobile phone, watching TV etc. or being busy absorbing countless sources of information calmness of mind might delude you. In this blog article I am going to share with you 7 ways you can increase calmness of mind so that you enjoy more peace, love, joy and happiness in your life.
1. Grow in wisdom
The joy of inner peace and calmness is simply the habit of returning to a state of peace at all times. This is important especially when you feel troubled and face many problems and challenges.
The more you move toward inner peace the more you lighten up your heart. Heaviness of the heart is due to all of the negative emotions you are attached...
F.e.a.r (false expectation appearing real) seems to be epidemic in our world and it is clear that the importance we attach to it can keep us paralysed and stuck. However, should you wish to uncover and fulfil your life’s purpose it is important to learn how to use whatever fear you may have positively so that it serves you well.
Can fear serve you positively when you want to uncover and fulfil your life’s purpose?
My answer to this question is YES! and I want to you how in this article.
1. Get unstuck
In order to get unstuck and change your results you must make the decision to do things differently. What most other people do when they are faced with fear is to remain stuck in the fear. Yet in order to let go of fear it must first be acknowledged and accepted. When you let go of resistance, you allow your fear to become your friendly ally and you can move forward and keep going.
Susan Jeffers said: "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" in her book of the same title and she is...
The feeling of burnout expresses itself when you least expect it and knowing the signs leading to burnout is essential to avoid reaching that stage and to promote instead a healthy lifestyle.
Do you remember Beth's story? If you have not read her full story please click here.
In this blog article I share with you 8 signs that you might lead you to the road of burnout.
This means staying up very late more often than not and not allowing your body to rest. When you sleep your body goes through a healing process. Adequate sleep is beneficial for a healthy heart, immune system, alertness, concentration, libido and mood among others. Therefore, the better your quality of sleep the better you will feel. Sleep deprivation puts too much stress on your wellbeing.
Are you constantly on the move and unable to find the time to rest? For example, do you travel frequently for work? if so, how do you allow yourself to recoup...
"I was completely exhausted...": she said. "The doctor told me I had to stop work for 6 months and if I wanted to return to the same job it would have to be part-time."
"What happened Beth?": I asked.
"My doctor's diagnosis was burn out. I could not function any more. I had no energy, I was living like a zombie, I felt totally numb and empty, and I had lost touch with who I am," she replied.
As a mother of 2 children and Patrick's wife, Beth had given her whole self to her family. She was the epitome of love that gives: she dedicated her whole life to her children and her husband. However, she was consumed by too much doing and not enough being.
Beth had another problem, she was a people pleaser; she could not say "no" even when she felt like saying "no". She wanted to please everyone and to disappoint no-one. Whenever she put her heart into something she had to give 110%. Therefore, her perfectionism also meant that she could not say "no". Everything had to be perfect, she...
* Do you have the tendency to over-analyze or overthink?
* Do you need to have all the data, nitty gritty details before you make a decision?
* Are you a perfectionist?
Is this you?
Someone shares an idea with you or you come up with an idea and you have to over-analyze or overthink it. You want to go deeper and deeper in your analysis and feel that you need to know more and more, however you do not come up with a clear outcome.
You fall victim of analysis paralysis or paralysis analysis when you:
It is a good to look at things in details but not to the point where it paralyses you and stops you from taking the first step and moving forward.
Here are three ways you could overcome analysis...
I have heard many people say after a wellness or complementary treatment: “Wow! I did not know I was holding so much stress!”
Stress can take many forms; mental, physical, emotional and environmental and it can create many imbalances.
In this blog article I share with you how to recognize acute signs of stress so that they do not escalate into chronic stress.
Let me explain what I mean by acute and chronic stress:
Acute stress is also known as 'the fight or flight' response, whereby the body prepares to defend itself and it takes about 90 minutes for the metabolism to return to normal.
Chronic stress relates to the demands of daily life. This is the stress we tend to ignore and if left unchecked it can have dramatic effects on our health and well-being.
It is worth emphasizing that each individual responds differently to stress.
Stress can make you excited under certain circumstances, like exercising, falling in love or meeting the challenges of an...
There might be times when you are with anger, impatience or you feel frustrated, out of place, tired, overwhelmed by too many challenges overflowing at the same time. It is during these moments of upheaval that you must let finding peace within become your personal motto.
I share in my book YES! TO Love™ Jonathan's story. Jonathan had a conflicting relationship with one of his siblings and this affected the family dynamic. My advice to Jonathan was to change the way he perceived his brother altogether to one of love. Jonathan portrayed a negative image of his brother, expressed disapproval and lacked compassion. However, a change in perception meant that it was time for him to forgive his brother for his actions by sending him love. In addition, Jonathan had to forgive himself for expecting his brother to be or behave in a certain way, the way he wanted him to be or behave. Sending love to another through prayers and meditation is very powerful. As a result of healing his...