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Soulful Sundays: Burnout

burn-out: (noun) exhaustion of physical or mental strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration "Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long." -Michael Gungor Originally coined in the 1970s by the American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, 'burnout' was used to describe the consequences of the high levels of stress experienced by healthcare workers. It has since been expanded to encompass the same phenomenon in all parts of life. Burnout can apply to careers, relationships, hobbies, medical conditions, and pretty much anything that affects us long term. Let's take a little detour to explain how and why it happens. The journey toward burnout begins when we lose a state of equilibrium with our environment. Let's say that we use 100 units of energy each day, but by the end of the day we only manage to bank 99 units to use the following day. Eventually, we will create a deficit. Short-term deficits can be useful and necessary, but chronic deficits result in tapping into our energetic savings account. Usually, when something doesn't return the yields that we want, we stop doing it. If for some reason, we don't abandon losing ventures, then we must consider that something else is