Begin something new and challenging, both at work and outside of work. This will allow your creative juices to flow again.
Take at least one risk a day. This will take you out of your comfort zone, a necessary step in beginning to live the life you were meant to live.
Tiptoe into a new job setting. Do not slam the door behind you, so you can go back for a time if you need to. The best way to do this is to stay at the job part-time, while you begin something new, perhaps as a consultant, or on a casual basis.
Volunteer in a job setting where you think you could do good deeds. Many volunteer positions turn into full-time employment.
Reinvent yourself by taking personal growth workshops. Self development is a great cure for burnout.
Gain new marketable skills. This may require returning to school. Learning a new skill is a great way to boost the self-esteem damaged in the burnout situation.
Journal three pages each morning in answer to the question, “What do I want to do with the rest of my life?” Write nonstop and then put your Journal away. Do not read the results for one month. By the end of the month you will know what your soul is trying to tell you about your purpose in life.
Write your own obituary. When you are complete, ask yourself “What else does this need to say?” Then begin to take one step each day to make that happen.
Watch those you admire. They are likely a mirror for what you are capable of becoming.
Complete a Collage art activity. To do so, sit with some magazines and ask yourself; “What do I want the rest of my life to look like?” Cut out the pictures that represent that, and paste them on a sheet of construction paper. When you finish it, take steps to find out the meaning behind the pictures. You can use a resource such as my book, Setting the Captive Free to help you identify some of the subtle meanings being revealed to you. The pictures you chose and the ways in which you placed them on your collage will give you many insights into your true purpose in life.
Burnout is more than overwork. Burnout is about feeling unfulfilled. Burnout has much to do with the soul’s need to be living the life you were meant to live. It is important that none of us die with our song still unsung.
Dr. Jane A. Simington PhD. is an award winning author, sought-after keynote speaker, and therapist. Educated in both Nursing and Psychology, and honored as a Woman of Vision and a Woman of Distinction, she uses combines personal experience of healing from the traumatic loss of her son along with her many years of professional experience to help each of us rekindle hope and find renewed happiness and joy after a challenging difficult life experience.