Feeling burned out
How do we find work-life balance?
- Burnout at work. This is physical or mental collapse caused by prolonged overwork or stress. It may also involve a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.
- Desire for career advancement. Having ambitions to achieve more, to earn more, to climb the corporate ladder, to become senior managers, directors and partners – yet knowing that more responsibility means less time for other things – such as starting one’s own business etc.
- Prioritising career or family. A struggle and constant tug-of-war between having to choose sides. Some of us want everything, the best of all worlds, yet understandably, we are limited finite beings.
- Economy and inflation concerns. Taking on more jobs, and doing extra work on the side in order to supplement our incomes to buy a house, start a family, have more children, live in a better area etc.
- Health problems. For some, health problems have already started creeping up in our lives, and more often than not, we desire to work part-time, work from home, or wish to retire early and attain financial freedom.
- On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your work-life balance? (1 for very poor, 10 for very good)
- Are you currently living the life you’ve always wanted?
- What do you think should be the ultimate priority in a person’s life?
- How do we know that our priorities are worth it?
- When we have more side jobs, do we ensure the quality of our work?
- There is a rhythm in life. Work and rest are key parts of God’s cycle of time, and human beings need a rhythm of work and rest in order to live up to their full potential. Just as God gives people important work to do, He also asks people to rest periodically from their labour. When humans lack rest, we suffer physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
- God both works and rests. In Genesis 2, God both works and rests. God, in His all-knowing, all-seeing ways, clearly does not get tired or suffer physical exhaustion. In fact, He rested in order to look over what He created and to enjoy it, and He asks that we do the same.
- Ultimate rest is found in surrendering to God. Christians believe that they can experience deeper rest by giving their burdens to Jesus. This requires a full surrendering of minds, hearts, and wills. Often, it all starts in the mind – if we have feelings of anger, fear and anxiety, we can’t rest. Instead, we are to look to Christ, with trust in Him for the future.
- Genesis 2:2. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
- Matthew 11:28. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
- Psalm 4:8. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.