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Avoiding Burnout: 6 Rules of the Road

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Avoiding Burnout: 6 Rules of the Road

A few truly amazing women who work and volunteer in the birth community recently asked me to facilitate a small group for them, something that would lend itself to helping them get done more of what they want to be doing. They want to be free of the energy-time-sanity black hole that seems almost inevitable in this kind of work. As we were launching this week, I asked for conversation starters. One woman asked if me to write something about avoiding burnout. Um, yeah, we could start there.

(Insert hysteria.)

So I panicked a bit, mostly because this is a huge conversation. All of my work is about moving toward freedom, which is the opposite of burnout. Luckily, I’m not in the mood to dig into the seriousness of all of that. Instead, let’s pretend we are talking about cars.

Rule 1: Meet and master the vehicle you’re driving.
If you don’t know yourself — your gifts and challenges, your personality, your beliefs and what is driving you, and the way your history impacts you emotionally — you aren’t able to use you (the tool) very effectively. You can’t win the race if you don’t know where to put the key or the fuel or how to put in your favorite music and rock the super-sweet stereo system. And once we learn these little lessons about how we work, it helps if we keep that information close and put it into practice regularly. This is about living as efficiently as possible, getting the best results out of your time “behind the wheel” of this body.

Rule 2: Maintain the equipment properly.
If you are not treating your body, mind, and spirit in a loving manner, you can’t possibly expect it to be reliable. If you don’t give your body what it needs to thrive, it simply cannot thrive. We all know about the easy ones — sleep, exercise, healthy food, etc. — but are you nurturing your creative spirit, connecting regularly with the Divine? You know you need to change the oil every 3,000 miles, but are you really maintaining yourself on the deeper levels?

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Christy Diane Farr

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8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

The body is a well honed machine and requires regular and loving maintenance. Many people give better maintenance care to their vehicles while sadly neglecting their own bodies.
Keeping in mind how the body needs maintenance helps it to run smoothly and longer.

Somehow I can't see any link between listening to "Liberal loon stations and death" as one pontificates. The loons on the river nearby are feisty and fascinating birds and if some do not accept a liberal bent on things that is their own problem, not mine. The loons tell me in their haunting and echoing song that the loon is a beautiful and delightful bird full of Legend and Lore!

Reading onwards ho, there is another comment warning progressives not to listen to right wing radio stations if on the road as it can lead to distraction. Ahhh, Mechanic E responding to Mechanic R on the effects of sounds that will echo in your ears while you listen to the radio as you journey on the road to wherever.

Think I will listen to the loons as they are a Natural and delightful sight on rivers and lakes imparting their Natural wisdom to us all. They feed their bodies well, trying to avoid toxic waste turfed into rivers and get a lot of exercise flying about.

One can recall the book of our youth: Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.

Meanwhile the "how much water do we really need" debate goes on, today's TV news talking about how we really don't need the 8 glasses of water as simply straight water while o

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Went "over time" again, here is the end of the comment from below!

Meanwhile the "how much water do we really need" debate goes on, today's TV news talking about how we really don't need the 8 glasses of water as simply straight water while others are saying it can only be water, not veggies, tea, coffee!

6:10PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012


9:04PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

OH MY LIFE IS MORE LIKE COMPARING IT TO BICYCLE RIDE and my husband is pedalling it !!

9:04AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012


11:10AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Very helpful.

8:38AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Excellent article. Thank you so much for writing it.

8:32AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Good article and whatever you do...For God's sake DO NOT LISTEN TO LIBERAL LOON STATIONS as I have heard that it leads to death!

6:13AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Love the comparision to a car. Good article.

4:59AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012


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