Burnout can prevent effective involvement in activities that are usually enjoyable. As Joyce Meyer says: “One of the devil’s favourite strategies … is to wear us out.”
Once an individual experiences clinical levels of burnout it can take several months to recover. Prevention of burnout is very important in maintaining strong, consistent leadership.
It possible that you are experiencing burnout if you feel you are:
- Avoiding others
- Feeling worn out
- Experiencing lack of concentration
- Feeling hopeless and not effective in your current role/s
- Not succeeding in your goals and find that you are not making progress
- Struggling with managing family and parental responsibilities and stressors
- Crying from time to time when you don’t want to
- Unable to sleep or eat
- Overeating or sleeping to cope
Burnout in Christian Leaders
Burnout is a serious issue and recovery can take time. Planning ahead and finding effective ways to problem solve daily challenges are likely to help reduce your risk of burnout, depression and physical illness. Counselling can help burnout by discussing the number of roles you manage and the impact of re-prioritising your goals.
The emotions that are connected to working with others can add an extra burden and make it difficult to find time for yourself. Christians are often unsure how to set boundaries on self-care versus other-care, and counselling can support decisions that will improve the care of self and others without the loss of either.
If you would like to improve your leadership skills, discuss burnout, or plan to improve your ability to meet your personal goals in the long term, then counselling can help!
To make an appointment with one of our Christian psychologists, freecall 1800 877 924 today.