What’s Your Plan for Burnout Recovery and Leadership Growth?

Hey friend! Welcome to Milk and Honey with Lemon. Today, I want to share something that’s been heavy on my heart lately – burnout. It’s something that has affected so many of us, especially those of us juggling multiple roles like entrepreneur, mother, wife, and community leader. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and burnt out, this post is for you. Let’s dive into the journey of understanding burnout and the importance of recovery.

Stepping into the Overflow

Numbers 14:8 says, “And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey.” This podcast – and now this blog – is about stepping into the overflow that God has for us. Hi, I’m Lemon. Just like you, I’ve struggled with the expectations of being a Proverbs 31 woman, often feeling buried under life’s demands. It wasn’t until I embraced leadership development that I learned how to step into that role authentically.

On this platform, you’ll find insights on financial freedom, leadership growth, and motivation – all aimed at helping you do everything God has called you to with ease and joy.

Burnout is Real

Let’s talk about burnout. It is indeed a hot topic, particularly among entrepreneurs, millennials, and those involved in ministry. I remember being in my early twenties, balancing a marketing agency, coaching gymnastics, and dealing with personal issues. My affirmations at the time were more harmful than helpful, often driving me to work harder when I needed to rest.

Burnout hit me with severe migraines and blurred vision, stress that had plagued me since high school. The doctors told me my stress level was off the charts, and I was put on bed rest for three weeks. For someone with a Type A personality, this was torture. It took a lot of soul-searching and growth to understand the importance of managing my stress and capacity.

Understanding Capacity

According to the World Health Organization, burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. I believe this extends beyond just workplace stress. As moms, ministry leaders, and community members, we can all experience burnout. However, burnout isn’t inherently bad. It highlights areas where we need to grow and manage our capacity.

My husband and I often discuss our differing capacities. There’s no judgment in how we handle our workloads since we function differently. While my work might be high-intensity mentally, his might be more physical but less mentally taxing. It’s essential to understand our unique capacities and plan our recovery accordingly.

In this insightful episode of 'Milk and Honey with Lemon,' host Lemon Price tackles the prevalent issue of burnout, sharing personal experiences and practical tips for managing stress and recovery. Learn how to expand your capacity and maintain energy levels while balancing entrepreneurship, motherhood, and leadership roles. Tune in next week for a special guest discussion on faith and leadership.

Pushing Past Capacity

Pushing past your capacity is the only way to expand it. Last year, I attended the Activate conference in San Diego, which was a stretch for me as an introvert. I was speaking, attending multiple events, and engaging non-stop with people. I pushed myself further than I ever had and realized I hadn’t scheduled any recovery time.

It led to me crashing hard. I slept for weeks, napped constantly, and felt utterly depleted because I hadn’t planned any downtime. This experience taught me that while pushing our limits is necessary, so is planning for recovery.

Managing Stress and Recovery

For me, burnout stems from mental and emotional labor. To counteract this, I engage in activities that fill my cup without draining my mental energy. Gardening, cooking, crafting – these slower, rewarding tasks help me unwind and feel productive.

Practical Steps for Recovery

  1. Create a Schedule: I’ve reworked my entire schedule to ensure I’m incorporating recovery time. For example, I’ve set my calendar to block lunch hours and added reflection times to review my day.
  2. Assess Your Day: For the next week, jot down what you’re doing every half hour. Identify activities that drain you and look for ways to replace them with energizing tasks.
  3. Plan Your Downtime: Consistent recovery isn’t just for the weekends. Find daily moments to recharge, whether it’s a walk, a class at the gym, or some quiet reflection.
  4. Engage in Filling Activities: Find what brings you joy and integrate it into your routine. Small activities like reading or baking can be incredibly restorative.

Final Thoughts

Burnout is okay. It shows us where we need to grow and manage our capacity better. The key is having a recovery plan. Fill your energy reserves intentionally, avoid operating from a place of stress, and remember – the Proverbs 31 woman had help and took care of herself too.

Take care of yourself so you can take care of others and fulfill your calling. The enemy would love to keep you depleted, but with God’s help, you can thrive. So, take this week to document your daily activities and find ways to recharge.

Next week, we’ll have my amazing friend Twila joining us to share her journey of relying on God for her daily bread. It’s going to be an inspiring conversation you won’t want to miss. Have a blessed week and see you Monday!

Hey friend, what a joy it has been to share today’s journey with you. If you found a spark of inspiration or nugget of wisdom that resonated, please share this post with someone who might need it. Also, leaving a review means the world to me and helps our community grow.

Remember, the road to discovering God’s call for you isn’t one you have to walk alone. Keep seeking, growing, and trusting in His plan.

God bless you and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Bye friend!

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