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Dealing with Stress and Burnout

by | Sat, Mar 16 2024

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We all live with some level of stress. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but prolonged stress without respite can lead to burnout. To manage stress effectively, it’s crucial that we know what the source is. How do we know when it’s time to take action?

Brett Ryan from Focus on the Family recently joined us on Vision Radio to share his top tips on how to decompress regularly, and not let our emotions get the better of us. He says dealing with stress early on is the key to controlling it.

‘We all have those days where we are simply overwhelmed,’ says Brett. ‘We have to check our words to make sure we keep our family members happy and healthy. Spend a few minutes before you go inside just breathing, listening to music or a podcast. Find whatever it is that grounds you.’

Simple Practices 

Brett says putting those simple practices in place can help you be more engaged at home. But we also have to be conscious of the possibility of burnout.  Being stressed negatively impacts our mental, physical, relational, and psychological well-being.

‘That’s when we need to raise our red flags,’ says Brett. ‘It could be because you’re not sleeping properly, or that you’re consuming too much. It’s possible you’re turning to bad habits like alcoholism or drug abuse. We know those behaviours aren’t healthy for us, yet we rationalise them because we’re close to burnout.’

Brett believes it’s important for us to seek professional help if we need it. We may need to see our medical practitioner and get a mental health plan. Raising your hand to ask for help is not a sign of weakness. It takes courage.

‘We need a community around us,’ says Brett.  ‘We need people to cheer us on and encourage us. It’s crucial to remember that our bodies, minds and spirits are all interconnected. We have to push through the stigma that’s attached to emotional and mental health issues, and keep going.’

Overcoming Stigma

There are several reasons why people might be reluctant to get treatment. It can be costly, but there is also the embarrassment and the expectations of family and friends. Especially for men who think it’s a sign of weakness. That is something that has to change.

‘We need to understand that even in the Bible, the disciples saw a blind man and asked, what sin did he or his parents commit? We have this sense that when things go wrong, it’s because of a lack of faith. But God’s not like that. We live in a fallen world where things happen, sometimes because of our decisions, and sometimes because of others.’

Health concerns can impair our mental abilities, and we need to be able to overcome the stigmas and hesitation, and realise that it’s not just about thinking positive ideas; our brains can operate less optimally due to chemical issues. Sometimes these problems need to be fixed, and it could be with medications.

‘We need to remember that we don’t have to have it all together to receive the blessings of God,’ Brett says. ‘Don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it.’

Listen to the full interview below:

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