I just made it through a season where at moments I felt like I was on the verge of burnout. It just felt like a period of time when really big stuff…stuff bigger than usual was being juggled, and I was doing my best not to drop everything. Some of those things were:

  • I was in an intense season of personal growth as I was participating in an 8 week online coaching program. I was also in in the midst of launching my online men’s group.
  • I was training for the Dallas Marathon which was cancelled due to bad weather, but also for my first 50k Ultramarathon (which I did finish on February 23rd).
  • My therapy practice was really more busy than ever.
  • I was desiring to be the best husband and father to my family and was feeling like I wasn’t being the man I wanted to be.
  • And spiritually speaking, I was feeling a bit disconnected.

There were a lot of strains on me physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

I have been thinking about this subject of burnout a lot, so I was intrigued this morning to see the post at 99U on The 3 Kinds of Burnout, which they describe as overload, lack of development and neglect. I think I was definitely feeling overloaded from the amount of stuff I took on at one time. Hopefully I wasn’t coping the way they described (emotionally venting), but I was definitely pretty exhausted.

It’s in moments of feeling burned out that I go back to my self-care, a topic that I find myself always talking about with my clients and the men that I work with in my online program.

If you are feeling burned out, I recommend that you ask the question: “Am I taking care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?”

Not sure what that looks like, I recommend that you start here.

Have you felt burned out at all in the last few months? What do you feel led to the burnout?

How have you been taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually?