How You Can Avoid Burnout at Work
January 27, 2016
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.”
I read a study awhile back that said 62% of American workers indicate they have, at some point, experienced burnout from being overworked at their jobs. Now, burnout is usually a symptom of being overwhelmed – so much that you give up on trying to get ahead and just want to quit.
Today in America and all over the globe, people are overworked and underrested. That’s because we live in a pressure-cooker society that demands more and more from our workers and is less and less concerned with giving them rest. But God knew people needed rest… which is why He mandated a day of rest when He gave the Law in the Old Testament.
When we look at how God rested on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:2-3), and how He gave Israel the commandment to rest on the seventh day in the Old Testament, the logical conclusion is that God created us not to toil every day of the week, but to set aside a day to rest.
Maybe today, you’re feeling overwhelmed because you’re overworked. Perhaps you’re reading right now and wondering, “How can I rest when there’s so much for me to do?” Start small and dedicate a period every week to resting and rejuvinating yourself. When you do, you’ll find you’re much more effective at work and much less prone to burning out!
SET ASIDE TIME WEEKLY TO REST AND RECUPERATE AND YOU’LL AVOID BECOMING OVERWORKED AND BURNED OUT.
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