Burnout is an increasingly common and very distressing stressful situation. If you are suffer from burning out, the good news is that it is particularly common in people who are intelligent, sensitive and undertake very caring or nurturing work! Burn-out can also be reflection of leading too narrow a life - not balancing reponsibilites and work with leisure, nurturing relationships, play and relaxation

mental, emotional and physical exhaustion such as...

      Dead  weary
      Dead  tired
      Dead  exhausted...
      just     Dead!

Life's vital sweet energy all out of me bled

So much to do, but I can't move a muscle
Completely worn out after desperate tussle
Spiralling down, I fought like a cat...
'til eventually collapsed like a soggy drowned rat

Life's now slipped away - I have no control...
left to flounder in one hell of a hole!
The pressure's still there, demands still arrive
but I just can't respond - I'm barely alive

Can only rest, defeated and glum.
I sure did my best, but now need my Mum
Vulnerable, weak - what will become?
Nowhere to hide, nowhere to run

Completely 'all-in'- no more can I fight
Tired and haggard - a miserable sight

I only can rest, but what of tomorrow?
Repeat this foul pattern? Re-visit sorrow?
Will impatience and fear drive to weariness again?
Is this all that life offers to ambitious men?

Break out of this cycle? - Surely I must?
Overwork then exhaustion has got to be bust!
Perhaps if I focus a little bit more...
on what is essential, and do nothing more...

Give some burdens to others that weren't really mine.
Let go some control - so I can feel fine.
Learn to say "No" - they say it's a skill!
Delegate responsibilities and tasks with a will

Do I need so many achievements to get up life's hill?
Can only money and ownership ever give me a thrill?
Can I manage with less - to appreciate more?
The beauty of nature? Friends at the door?

A balanced life does not have to be dull
Could go at things 'steady' - not charge like a bull!
But what of impatience? And what about fear?
And how would I cope with less wine and less beer?

Meditation exercise, yoga, friends...
calming and energising these weird "New Age" trends!
But first there's the grieving for what I have lost...
and the healing of driven-ness conditioning's wounds..

www.stress-counselling.co.uk  © Michael Meredith 2000

psychology of fatigue, myalgic encephalomyelitis and burnout

Automatically updated self-help Reading lists on
Amazon UK & Europe   Canada   Amazon USA
(all deliver world-wide)

fatigue & burn-out syndrome

Automatically updated self-help Reading lists on -
UK & Europe   Canada   USA
(all deliver world-wide)

*Burnout Workshops: Details & Booking

*Quick tips on dealing with burnout



That Sunflower Within

Sunflower Health
home page

Beauty  in  Wholeness

© 2018
Enquiry form