One of the podcasts I subscribe to is Brendan Burchard’s. (Maybe you’re a fan?)
Well, a recent episode hit home for me. And I thought I’d share with you a key takeaway so you too can benefit. The subject?
Dealing with physical, mental, and emotional burnout.
It’s a topic many of us can relate to, especially lately, with the pace of modern life, and a lengthy ‘pandemic’ thrown in for good measure! It’s easy to get caught up in the grind of your to-do list and merely “power through” each day, forgetting it’s not the way we’d choose to live our lives. But have you considered setting a daily goal for how you want to feel? Many of us have career goals, fitness goals, or financial goals…but how often do we give pointed intention to what kind of emotions we’d like to experience as we go about all this?
That’s why Brendan Burchard suggests taking frequent “pit stops”.
This means deliberately taking time outs throughout the day to pause, take stock of how you’re feeling, remind yourself of how you WANT to feel, and reconnect with your body. Even five minutes per hour. You can do this via movement, stretching, or simple breathing.
(NOT checking email or scrolling social media!)
It’s a simple habit that can serve as a gateway back to the present.
From a physiological standpoint, it’s always good to mix up your body mechanics as it helps your nervous system function at its best.Sitting in one spot for hours on end staring at a screen is a sure way to drain your mental, emotional, and physical reserves.
You don’t typically charge your phone after the battery’s already dead.
In the same way, you want to make it a point to stay on top of your energy levels and practice these pit stops as a consistent habit. Studies confirm this is what the world’s most productive people do. And taking five or ten minutes out of every hour doesn’t mean you accomplish less…just the opposite! It energizes those other 50-55 minutes. That’s why there’s so much power in this simple advice.
By the way, this ties in beautifully with chiropractic. Remember, regular care is about optimizing function. It’s not meant to be a break-fix scenario. In other words, you ideally wouldn’t wait until pain or stress gets the better of you before you do something about it. Instead, your commitment to care is the regular maintenance your body and brain need to turn in a high-octane performance.
Bottom line? Think of both Brendan Burchard’s pit stops and chiropractic care as forms of “energy management”. Take care of you; move, eat, and sleep well; give your mind, body, and soul plenty of chances to recharge, and “burnout” need not even be in your vocabulary.
P.S. What’s in your podcast library? Are there any podcasts that inspire you?