How to Overcome Burnout B McGrawI’ve been taking a little break from blogging, but I’ll be back next week. Meanwhile, today I have another guest post for you all. I’m delighted to host my friend Brenda McGraw on this site.

Brenda is a author & speaker from South Carolina, a heart attack & cancer survivor who now helps people find joy beyond the complexities of modern life.

Today she’s sharing on an interesting perspective on an important subject – how we handle the burnout many of us today experience. I’ll be blogging around this topic soon myself.  So, over to Brenda:

How do you handle burnout? When life just gets to be overwhelming and is coming at you faster than you can keep up with it, what happens? Do you shut down purposely? Or are you the one who keeps pushing yourself until you get sick and have to shut down?

Are we listening to our bodies when they are yelling at us that they are “stressed out,” or are we avoiding the signs of stress or burnout?

I hate to admit it, but I am a procrastinator at times. It is not necessarily because I am lazy or forgetful, but more because I have too much to do. I am a to-do-list person and truly believe that a scheduled life is a peaceful life. When you know what is ahead of you, you can prepare your mind, body and soul for the activity or project.

My procrastination happens when I am working down my list and run out of time. I tend to overbook myself at times, not meaning to and with good intentions, but it happens. That’s when stress can set in.

When we don’t plan,we are setting ourselves up for failure; because no plan at all, is a plan. (you can tweet that)

I keep a calendar; how about you? I write most everything I need to accomplish on my to-do list or my calendar, and some items on both. A calendar can keep us informed about the date and future events. We are all given 24 hours per day. For some people that may be too much time, and for others like myself, it is never enough. However, God thought it was enough and He knows how each of us is wired. We revolve around the concept of time. Many of you have a five-day work week and look forward to the weekend so you can relax. Others have something to do most every day and we can schedule our own hours. So how do we fill those days up? What is written on your calendar?

How To Defeat Discouragement

Are we moseying around and not getting anything accomplished, and before we know it the kids are home from school, the hubby or wife is home from work, and we totally wasted the whole day? I understand and I get it. At one time I was so miserable in my circumstances that all I wanted to do was sleep. I would go back to bed after I took the kids to school. Before I knew it, it was lunch time and then time to pick the kids back up from school. This doesn’t work very well when you need to be more productive and less unproductive. We know what we should be doing, but we let the procrastinator arise in us and we once again fall short.

Try keeping a calendar to help you combat burnout and contribute to your fruitfulness. What’s the saying? “I am too blessed to be stressed.” One way blessings happen is by defeating the enemy of discouragement.

The way to defeat discouragement is to lift up your head, schedule your plans, be prepared for what is ahead, and be productive. I find that I am much less stressed when I have a plan and I follow it. I know where I am going and how to arrive, one project at a time.

“There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,

    a time to plant and a time to uproot,

    a time to kill and a time to heal,

    a time to tear down and a time to build,

    a time to weep and a time to laugh,

    a time to mourn and a time to dance,

    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

    a time to search and a time to give up,

    a time to keep and a time to throw away,


    a time to tear and a time to mend,

    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

    a time to love and a time to hate,

    a time for war and a time for peace.” (Ecc. 3:1-8)


(Need someone to hold you accountable? Check out Brenda McGraw Mastermind and Consulting.)




Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller, “Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where she has a team of writers sharing truth and hope with others.

Brenda currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and three of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack.. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.

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