Three Steps to Avoid Burnout Starting Today

I don’t know about you, but moving from months of forced family time with very little to do outside our home to a full autumn, our schedule was more overwhelming than I anticipated. As a football coach’s wife, fall is always our busiest time of year. We know we will eat dinner from the concession stands and finish loads of laundry late at night. It’s how our family has always had to function.

We had the chance to slow down for the first time in 2020. But because we didn’t know what would happen each day, we embraced the monotony and found different ways to fill our time.

One son started guitar lessons and diligently practiced. At the same time, the other embraced tennis (the one social activity our state allowed other than walking) and played so frequently he made his high school tennis team.

As we shifted from an empty calendar to weeks full of commitments, I discovered I no longer had the stamina to handle an overflowing calendar of tasks pulling me in multiple directions. I’d lost my chaos mojo, and I was heading straight toward burnout.

God designed our bodies with internal warning systems. When we start to get overloaded internally, we experience physical signs. Stress, fear, and anger activate our adrenal glands, which can work overtime, elevating our cortisol levels.

Our bodies can only function in a state of elevated cortisol for so long before the impact is significant. We may experience weight gain, brain fog, sleeplessness, and even chronic illness such as type two diabetes.

David likely understood what it was like to live in a state of elevated stress. Before Saul died and David took his place on the throne of Israel, Saul sent his men to murder him. Many of the psalms we have are from David’s time on the run, including Psalms 118:6-10, which says,

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. (NIV)

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