Your emotional well being is so important and it’s even more important to be aware of when your energy is running low. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m running low on energy. I commit to so much on a daily basis. I work and blog while studying, I’m involved in my church’s youth ministry and worship team and it all takes a whole lot of work.
I realised this weekend, that I am in fact burning out. Thinking about doing what I usually do started to make me so angry. I got frustrated at what I needed to do, at the people around me, at situations. My view on everything started to become pretty pessimistic.
I knew that this was a problem because everything that I am committed to used to spark joy in me. Doing what I did, such as serving in youth ministry, playing piano for the worship team – was something that I loved to do and I always felt inspired by it. If things in your life that used to spark joy and inspiration in you are no longer giving you that spark, it’s time to pull back and do some reflection, or just take a break.
I’ve been doing a little bit of self reflection and have come to the conclusion that if I want to change my situation, I need to do something to initiate that change. Nothing is going to change around me or in me if I sit around and wait for it. The same goes for everyone!
I HAVE DECIDED TO CHANGE MY OUTLOOK
You have a choice whether to be sad, or whether to be happy. A choice to see the glass half empty, or half full. I’m making a change to look at every situation in a positive light. To see the opportunities, the inspiration in everything I do. Not to focus on what is going wrong, but what is going right.
I HAVE DECIDED TO REFOCUS ON MY ‘WHYS’
Knowing your ‘why do you do what you do?’ helps ground you more permanently in your commitments. I do not commit to anything where I don’t know my whys. If I don’t have a purpose for what I do, a purpose that goes beyond pleasing the people around me or raising my own reputation, if there is not a deeper level of ‘why’ in what I do, I will not be inspired to do it.
I HAVE DECIDED TO FOCUS ON THINGS THAT INSPIRE ME
Lately, I have been listening to podcasts of people that inspire me, or topics that interest me. A podcast by YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen, called Ladies Who Lunch is a lighthearted yet inspiring podcast that I like to listen to on my days at home. I’ve been listening to Steven Furtick’s sermon podcasts too, which hype me up because he seems to bring a whole new level of hype every time he preaches. I’ve started reading books again, too.
The way you feel matters because it determines how you walk in life and which direction you choose to go. It plays a role in how you interact with others and the quality of what you do. I hope this post helped any of you struggling with a lot of commitments and a loss of inspiration or joy.
Stay inspired, look to things that you’re passionate about, live the life you ultimately want to live.