4 Keys to Beating Burnout
4 Keys to Beating Burnout
Burnout is a part of our culture. Studies show that around 56% of people are living day to day exhausted. In our culture being on the grind is now put on a pedestal and taking a day off can be frowned upon which can be harmful to a lot of people. This is something I have experienced recently, so I decided to see what the Bible says about Burnout and make this Devo fo you! I believe these feelings come from a fear of disappointing people which leads to me struggling to say no to things. Which eventually lead to me committing to too many things at once. Here is what I have learnt, I hope it blesses you.
Living exhausted isn’t God’s plan for your life. John 10:10 (NIV) says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.
The first key to regaining your energy is to stop focusing on energy-draining emotions. These can be:
In what areas of your life do you experience those emotions frequently? Emotions are natural and shouldn’t be ignored, but is there something you can do to not be in a position to experience those above emotions?
The second key to reducing burnout is trusting God. The Apostle Paul said we still have a responsibility to do everything we can but, after that, we need to let go of things and give it to God. Psalm 55:22 (ESV) says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved”.
The third key to reducing burnout is diversifying your environment. If you spend your day making decisions or working in one area, you should move to another environment, even if it is just a different room. This will allow your mind to take a quick break and restore energy. If you work in front of a screen, don’t then go on another screen while taking a break to check social media or watch Netflix. Instead, read a book or go for a walk outside.
The fourth key to reducing burnout is to focus your thoughts on God. As mentioned earlier, negative emotions are draining your energy. Instead of focusing on them, you should focus on God. To do this, here are four scriptures from the Bible that you should read every day as you wake up and before you go to sleep:
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV): “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Jeremiah 31:25 (BSB): “For I will refresh the weary soul and replenish all who are weak."
Palm 29:11 (NIV): “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV): “The LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged."
“God, I feel exhausted at the moment. I need your strength. I pray you will fill my spirit with rest, with joy and with hope. Continue to guide me in this season. Continue to walk by my side. I cannot do this without you. Amen.”