Stuck in the tunnel of burnout? Here’s how to move through

“๐˜Œ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด; ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ. ๐˜Œ๐˜น๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.” ~ย @brenebrown, quoting Emily & Amelia Nagoski from their new book, ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต.โฃ
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Our lives are multifaceted, and often emotions get put in a separate category, like a box we shove away that we don’t have time – or make time – to sort through. But ๐™š๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ. And each one creates ๐™– ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ช๐™ง๐™ค๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™ค๐™™๐™ฎ. They are a driving force in all of us, an essential part of human life, and a factor in disease.โฃ
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But what do we do with them? ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ do we work with them? If it sounds exhausting to tend to every emotion you have, I feel ya. We can’t always do this, especially in a situation where the appropriate action calls for setting our emotions aside and dealing with them later.โฃ
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And therein lies key – dealing with them later. ๐Ÿ—โฃ
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What Emily & Amelia’s book ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต is presenting, is actually good news: We don’t always have to change the issue that sparked the emotion. We just have to deal with the feeling (or physical reaction) from it.โฃ
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And here are some ways to do so:โฃ
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โ–ซ๏ธPhysical activityโฃ
โ–ซ๏ธBreathingโฃ
โ–ซ๏ธPositive social interaction (I know, a more challenging one in a pandemic!)
โ–ซ๏ธLaughterโฃ
โ–ซ๏ธAffection (i.e. a 20 second hug)โฃ
โ–ซ๏ธA big cryโฃ
โ–ซ๏ธCreative expressionโฃ
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And though it wasn’t mentioned, I’d like to propose ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ for this list as well๐Ÿ“โฃ
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One thing I love about Chinese Medicine is that emotions are woven into it. They are a recognized ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ. There are acupuncture points that help the body process the neurochemical responses of emotion, so we don’t get stuck there – or burnt out.โฃ
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๐˜ผ๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช’๐™™ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™™๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ?โฃ
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I highly recommend the podcast episode (Unlocking Us, Oct 14th 2020). And if it sparks your interest, consider reading Emily & Amelia’s book ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต.โฃ
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#burnoutย #stressย #emotions