REST {WELL}

how to handle burnout

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Do you know how hard it was to even sit down and start this post?

Oh, wait. You probably do because you saw the title and thought “I am burned out. I haven’t been able to write in a while. I don’t feel inspired. Some days I just want to stay in bed. Actually I really want to be on a beach somewhere.”

I have been following the IF:Equip study on Nehemiah and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I don’t know that Nehemiah got burned out persay, but the enemy was using some of his favorite tactics to get Nehemiah to quit what God had called him to do. And I am convinced that burnout is high on his list of favorites.

I understand burnout. And I am going to warn you before you read on. I am still feeling “burned out”, but Kelly and I believe in sharing authentically while IN the process of struggle, not just “once we are on the other side”. We always want you to know we are in this with you, so here are some things God has gently been showing me that are starting to help….well at least get me out of bed in the morning.

  1. Remember. I have been remembering “the call”. You know that moment that God is so clear. When He connected the dots on where my burden, gifts and passions aligned. That moment He showed me what He made me uniquely for. I need to remember.
  2. Reflect. I have been looking around and behind at where God’s hand is evident in my life. I sometimes can feel guilty though thinking, “I shouldn’t feel burned out, God has blessed me so much, why am I feeling this way”. Too much of a good thing can even burn us out. My prayers are often full of reflection, thanksgiving and even confession of losing site of where God has me and has called me.
  3. Reach out. I have to stay connected to my dream defenders. I need to carve out time, even when I don’t feel like it, to gather with my people that get me and can encourage me to keep going OR even to take time to rest.
  4. Rest. There is a time to rest. It may simply be time to rest and recharge. I need to give my adrenals a break from the constant adrenilin rush that comes with drive and busyness. Our bodies physically feel this. My flesh says that if I say “no” or take a break, that I will lose momentum, jobs, opportunity……… and (confession) even followers.
  5. Release. This is when I know I must release the fear. l know that God is in control of EVERYTHING … even the jobs, the opportunties, the growth. And all those things pale in comparison to the state of my spirit, my relationship with Him, my home and my health.

And this is where I choose OBEDIENCE over OUTCOME. When I sense its time to rest I need to choose rest confidently and trust that God is in control of the outcome.

So Kelly and I chose to rest this summer. We have barely posted on the blog or even on social media. A marketing NO-NO – “consistency is KEY” they say. Was it a hard decision to make? I will be honest, not really because our motto is: OBEDIENCE over OUTCOME and this was a true test of living what we believe.

So I am slowly being restored. I am going to rest when I need to. I am going to remember and reflect. I am going to choose OBEDIENCE over OUTCOME….oh and GRACE. xoxo, jenn

How do you overcome burnout? We’d love for you to share!

5 Comments on how to handle burnout

  1. Rachel Elizabeth
    August 31, 2015 at 3:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Jenn, thank you for this! Perfect timing. Xo

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  2. Carolyn Allen
    August 31, 2015 at 1:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Obedience over Outcome.
    Your words today went straight to my need. My challenge is not burn out but distraction. I was given a great assignment in May by my publisher to write a third edition to my book The Coach’s Wife. I have been sprinting toward an October goal line, with loads of fresh material. The research, interviews, surveys are my favorite part. Football season, full of people I love being with and crazy emotions, is totally distracting me! Your list of remember, reflect, REACH OUT, rest, and release is an anointed lesson. Thank you Jenn!

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  3. Jenni Eastin
    August 31, 2015 at 12:31 pm (2 years ago)

    i love this jenn. God knew so many would need it, including me.

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  4. Marcie
    August 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for being vulnerable and reaL. Authenticity is so appreciated. I am a dreamer/doer/entrepreneur in a major transition. I’ve been in a season of “rest” since May. I did not expect it to last this long… I thought I would be in a completely different space by now. But God’s timing is perfect and it is in Him where I chose to trust and obey. The world screams at us from all sides to do and be and go go go… Or we will miss out…. But what I have seen over the years (this is not my first season of “rest”) is that these seasons are often the season where seeds of greatness and victory are nurtured. I often say “oh Lord, I must be but a silly little sheep so slow to learn that you have to call me away… Again…” However, instead, I have found these “respites” rich in ways my business success could never make me. When I started out my dreams and plans were big and immense… I felt the rush and excitement of all that was ahead… The journey has looked nothing like I had on that vision board… Haha.. But I would not trade it for one second — because of who HE has become in me through it all! He has saved me from myself time and again… Purged me of the things/ways/busyness’ that were so unnecessary and brought me through stronger, clearer, better and rich in His mercies. Through these times of rest the greatest gift to emerge: HE>I! More of you Lord, less of me = true success in all you designed me to be. Thank you for sharing your beautiful post today- a reminder that we are not alone and are all in this together <3

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  5. Heather
    August 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm (2 years ago)

    From my burn out bed to yours, I feel ya sister. Thank you for your honesty, obedience, and willingness to share. I’m certain we will all gain more from this season. Embrace rest.

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