Do You Consider Yourself Optional?

I spent the weekend reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington and I wanted to share some of her thoughts and writing with you over the next 3 weeks.

First, let’s look at burnout…

Marie Asberg, professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, describes burnout as an “Exhaustion Funnel” we slip down as we give up things we don’t think are important.

“Often, the every first things we give up are those that nourish us the most but seem optional,” write Mark Williams and Danny Penman in Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World.  “The result is that we are increasingly left with only work or other stressors that often deplete our resources, and nothing to replenish or nourish us—-and exhaustion is the result.”

What are you leaving out of your daily routine because you think it might be “optional?”  Think about that today as you begin your week, what can you put back into your day-to-day life that will nourish and not deplete you?

Go for the walk.  Go to the gym.  Have dinner with friends.  Take your lunch break without interruptions.   Shut your phone off when you get home.  Leave your work at work.

Taking care of yourself isn’t optional.