“I’m burnt out”

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a housewife, manager, or worker – we’re all looking for the fire than once burned in us.

A fire that has almost burned out (exhaustion) may manifest itself in the following symptoms:

  • Palpitations, severe perspiration, tension, pain, dizziness, disturbed sleep, irritability, obsessive behaviour, restlessness, problems concentrating, compulsive behaviour, etc.

Oxygen (air) and good “fuel” is required to get this fire burning brightly again. There is usually more than enough fuel available, only the quality leaves something to be desired. A poor diet, too little exercise, constantly thinking and brooding, etc. are usually responsible for this situation.

Think about your living room fire. If the wood is good quality and the oxygen supply is optimum, the flame is big and constant. Oxygen brings a fire that has been almost extinguished back to life again. Disturbances cause the fire to flicker; the little flames need calm and good fuel if they are to continue burning. We can kindle our fire again with air and “doing nothing”.

Good forms of fuel are:

  • A balanced diet
  • “Doing nothing”
  • Planning breaks to “smell the roses”
  • Mindfulness exercises
  • Breathing exercises
  • Taking breaks
  • Exercise outdoors and anything that makes you happy and does you good

If we find the silence and calmness in ourselves again, we can fan every little fire in us into a roaring flame.

How splendid it is to do nothing and then to take a break from “doing nothing”.

(Heinrich Zille)

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