Are you suffering from Burn Out?

Burnout is defined as a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. One author described the difference between feeling tired and being burned out: 

‘There is a difference between feeling tired because you put in a hard day’s work and feeling fatigued in every cell of your being.

Most of us have experienced a long day’s work and the reward of hard-earned exhaustion . . .That is one kind of tired.

The kind of tired that results from burnout is a bone-tired, soul-tired, heart-tired, kind of exhaustion (Pennebaker, 2004).’’

I love this quote because it so clearly outlines the difference between being tired and being burned out. When you are burned out, your entire body feels it. You feel like you are exhausted in every sense of the word. If you have been burned out before, you will understand exactly what I am saying.

Burnout is a seriously overlooked issue in today’s home and workplace. Many of us take on way too much, and wind up becoming overworked and overtired. When we take on too much stress for too long, this can lead to burnout. Burnout can quickly spiral out of control and be difficult to overcome.

It is SO important to know the signs of burnout. That way, you can stop it before it spirals out of control! After reading the most relevant and recent research on burnout, I was able to narrow it down to 10 common symptoms of burnout. Reading this signs can help you identify these symptoms in yourself and others early. 

Here are the 10 Common Symptoms of Burnout (listed in no specific order):

  1. Physical Exhaustion– Burnout often leads to exhaustion and takes a toll on your physical self.  Some signs of physical exhaustion include: Waking up exhausted, finding yourself relying on many cups of coffee to get through the day, and not feeling like you have the energy to do the things you once did.

  2. Decreased Satisfaction– One telltale sign of burnout is when a person starts feeling decreased satisfaction in areas of their life they previously enjoyed, such as decreased  satisfaction in your job, school, and/or relationships.

  3. Lack of Confidence– Another sign of burnout is feeling self-conscious and a lack of confidence in areas that you were previously confident in.

  4. Emotional Exhaustion– Emotional exhaustion happens when we feel that we have nothing left emotionally to give. When you feel that you can no longer handle even a simple conversation with a friend or family member, you may be struggling with emotional exhaustion.

  5. Bitterness – This is a big sign when it comes to burnout! Feeling bitter towards activities that you previously enjoyed is often listed in the research as one of the primary signs of burnout.

  6. Poor Self Care – If you no longer feel that you have the mental or physical energy to shower, go to the gym, put on nice clothes, make meals, or anything that contributes to healthy self care, you may be struggling with burnout.

  7. Relational Difficulties– If you find yourself fighting more often with your partner/family member/ friend, or if you find yourself withdrawing and not communicating about how you are feeling, this may be a warning sign that you are burning out.

  8. Health Problems – Health problems are often one of the first signs of burnout!  Personally, my body always tells me that I am burning out before my mind even realizes it! Be mindful about what your body is telling you. If you are constantly getting sick and not getting better, this may be a sign that something more is going on!

  9. Sleep Difficulties – Examples of sleep difficulties include: Laying in bed at night thinking about all of the things you need to do, tossing and turning for hours on end, nightmares, and having negative thoughts about yourself that you cannot control. It is normal to have a night once in awhile where you cannot sleep, but if these sleep difficulties are becoming typical for you it is time to talk to a doctor our counsellor about it!

  10. Loss of Motivation– If you find yourself lacking motivation to finish your project for work, get your kids ready for school in the morning, or meet up with a group for school; this may be a sign of burnout.

If you are feeling any of these signs, it is important to know that you are not alone and there are ways that you can get yourself out of the horrible spiral of burnout.

 

SO, HOW DO YOU OVERCOME BURNOUT?

1. KNOW THE SOURCE OF YOUR BURNOUT.

Are you just overwhelmed with the amount of tasks on your plate? Maybe you’re juggling a full-time job with your side hustle and also trying to maintain your home life. Or maybe there’s a deeper issue at hand… Perhaps your lack of motivation is because you’re no longer passionate about your work? Determine what is causing you to feel burnt out so you can overcome it.

2. THINK ABOUT THE BIGGER PICTURE.

It can be hard to get motivated to complete a certain task if you aren’t seeing the reason behind it. Ask yourself: What will accomplishing this task mean in terms of my larger goal? It’s a good way to remind you of what your long-term goals are and can help you get back on track.

3. BLOCK OFF TIME FOR SELF-CARE.

You have to take care of yourself, no matter how much you have going on in your life. Block off time every week (or even a short amount of time each day if you can) to do something just for you. Tune out everything else and just relax. Take a bath, watch a movie, read a book, pamper yourself, go for a walk, or meditate. Whatever makes you feel relaxed and relieves your stress is what you should be doing during this time. You’ll see those feelings of being burnt out melt away.

4. SCHEDULE BREAKS INTO YOUR DAY.

It’s not healthy to always go at it non-stop. If you do, it could very well be the reason you’re feeling burnt out. You need to make time to take a break and step away from the laptop. Even a short break can help you clear your mind and recharge so you can get back to work. Schedule breaks into your day so you don’t forget to take them.

5. TAKE UP A HOBBY.

Take up a hobby that you can enjoy doing during your free-time. Your hobby should be something that you look forward to every time. It can be a great way to eliminate stress.

6. UNPLUG.

These days, it’s hard for us to ditch our phones and computers. We feel the need to be connected at all times, but the truth is that it can easily contribute to those burnt out feelings. Take time away from your computer, your phone, and any other devices. You don’t need to be logged into social media 24/7. And you most certainly shouldn’t be checking those emails after-hours.

7. DELEGATE WHEN YOU CAN OR ASK FOR HELP.

If you’re running a small business, you may not be in a position to hire an employee to delegate tasks to. But if you are, consider hiring someone who can take the workload off of you. If you can’t hire someone, you can still seek help from family or friends.

8. CLOCK OUT AT THE END OF THE DAY.

If you have a day job, don’t take your work home with you. I mean those both physically and mentally. Don’t bring work assignments home to complete after-hours (unless the boss says so, but you need boundaries). Don’t take it home mentally either, which means you shouldn’t think about it. Leave the stress and thoughts about work assignments at the door when you leave at the end of the day.

If you run your own business and work from home, it can be hard to clock out because your office is always right there. Set virtual office hours and do not check your inbox after this time. Make sure clients know your hours so they don’t expect a response from you during your off times. You can’t be available all day every day.

9. GET SOME SLEEP.

When people are feeling burnt out, they often lost out on precious hours of sleep because they’re stressed. Find a way to relax before bedtime and get to sleep early so you can catch up on your ZzZz’s.

As a first step, be sure to talk to someone about it! A trusted friend, family member, family doctor, or a counselor is a great place to start.

Interested in where I found this research, or want to read more on burnout?  Here is my source! https://ourmamavillage.com/much-stress-10-signs-burning/

 

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http://www.defineyourhustle.com/what-to-do-when-youre-burnt-out/?utm_content=buffer6d3cd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer

If you know of some one that is burned out then share this with them..  Sharing is Caring.

 

 

 

 

 

Instant Sculpting Taffy is seriously like Hairspray in a Jar

 Even the guys love Taffy by Monat. 

That’s right.. I have been using Monat Taffy now ever sense they launched this new product and it is the bomb..  If you have a hard time keeping curls or any style you seriously need to add this to your routine!  This wonder-product provides a really amazing pliable hold to keep your style without making it look like a hair helmet everytime you move your head.  Instantly brings vitality to hair with its unique combination of natural botanicals in a pliable sculpting base. Amplify and enhance your hairstyles with immediate results that can last all day and into the night.

This is how to use it:  * Dip finger into the taffy and what comes out is what you use.  * Rub well into hands for an even distribution. It will feel tacky at first but dries super soft with a nice, light hold.  * Scrunch hair using Taffy.  * Run fingers through hair to relax the curls from more wave-curl vs spiral curt!  * You can also add 1 or 2 drops of Rejuvenique Oil for added shine and smoothness as a  finisher.  * Mostly used as a dry finisher but some curly girls use while hair is wet (which is how I use it.)  * It gives curls that extra shape.  # style as usual.

 

KEY INGREDIENTS

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CAPIXYL™

An emollient blend that helps to protect the scalp, strengthen and thicken hair while supporting natural growth.

 

PROCATALINE™

Featuring Pea Extract, this high-tech blend supports healthy, younger-looking hair by helping to protect your tresses from UV damage and environmental factors.

REJUVENIQE®

A blend of 13+ Natural Plant and Essential Oils rich in omega fatty acids, antioxidants and nutrients highly compatible with the skin and hair.

CRODASORB™

A powerful ingredient that helps protect against the sun’s damaging UV rays, preserving hair’s natural pigmentation and keeping strands protected and strong.

WE SAY “NO” TO TOXIC INGREDIENTS.

  • Parabens

  • SLS/SLES

  • Cyclic Silicones

  • BHT

  • DEA/MEA

  • Polyethylene Glycol

  • Phthalates

  • Phenoxyethanol

  • Petrolatum

  • Mineral Oil

  • Paraffin Wax

  • Triclosan

  • Plastic Microbeads

  • Formaldehyde Releasers

  • Harmful Colors

  • Harmful Fragrances

You don’t have to be a curly hair girl to use the Taffy.. I only dream of having hair like that.. but it still gives me the hold I need and want.   Watch this short video that shows you how to use this amazing product.  Its one of my favorites and I use it every time I wash my hair .

 

 

NINE STEPS TO YOUR FINANCIAL WELL-BEING

THE NINE STEPS TO YOUR FINANCIAL WELL-BEING
1. Seek proper counsel in your financial plan.
2. Save the first 10% of everything you earn.
3. Set up and follow your own personal spending program.
4. Invest your 10% savings in intelligent ways.
5. Guard your savings against loss by making proper decisions.
6. Own your home as quickly as possible.
7. Be adequately and correctly insured.
8. Increase your ability to earn more.
9. Take proper actions NOW!

 

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Have You Been Exposed To Toxic Mold?

Mold, so you say I don’t see any mold in my home but do you really know what you are looking at?

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Read this: https://www.kiwiservices.com/angela-says/cleaning-the-shower-curtain/

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You know that pink stuff that just show’s up in your shower?  Yep you got it,  its mold. The bathroom is an extremely problematic area.   So what do you do?

Use the Right Products

There’s no need to buy specialist products to get rid of the mold. Work with vinegar, bleach, alcohol, and even citrus extract first. All these will get into the particles of your windowsills, tiles, and more.

 

 

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You will need to do more than just spray and wipe. Leave the products on for a few minutes and allow them to physically kill off the mold spores. You can then get in with a toothbrush, especially into the smaller areas, to get rid of the remnants of the problem.

Just leaving one spore behind will mean your mold problem returns.

After you’ve cleaned up the mold spores, you’ll need to use vinegar or citrus extract regularly. These will help to kill any new spores that start to form due to the warm and damp area.

Clean the Bathroom Regularly

Don’t just mop the floor. You want to clean the sinks, baths, and basins regularly. Make it part of your weekly chore list. Scrub into the section where the bath/sink join with the wall and don’t forget about where the taps connect to the basins. You want to get rid of any beads of moisture.

Mold can also grow where your soaps and body washes sit. This is because of oils and scum from the bottles drip onto the bath or the stand. Clean the outside of your products and wipe away all the buildup of oils and scum so mold spores don’t have anything to feed on.

Don’t forget about the grate in your showers. This will see a buildup of hair, skin cells, oils, and scum. Remove the grate and regularly clean it. You want to get into the pipes where possible, as mold will build in these sections. Use a vinegar cleanser and pour it down the drains regularly to kill all the mold that grows here. Unfortunately, you can’t stop the mold growth within the drains, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a health problem.

Mold is a very common problem in a lot of households because it grows everywhere and it can cause a variety of health problems. Mold is present under the sink, in the basement, in the shower, in leaking walls, etc. Researchers have found that mold releases millions of spores into the room and can cause winter allergies and asthma attacks.

Don’t forget your drains too.. way down in them pipes is a nightmare.. so clean often too.

There are a number home remedies to kill mold dead in its tract’s.  Mold removal spray ~ 50% white vinegar, 50% distilled water & 1 tsp tea tree essential oil for every cup made. Spray on & leave. (She used 80/20 mix)

You’ll Need:

  • Distilled White Vinegar,  Tea Tree Oil be sure that it’s real pure 100% tea tree essential oil or it may not work. Many store bought oils are not pure – learn more about it here.}
  • Water
  • Empty, Clean Spray Bottle {glass bottle preferably, old apple cider vinegar jars work great}

Instructions:

1. Fill empty spray bottle at least half full with vinegar {if you can stand the vinegar smell, I usually make mine a bit stronger with an 80:20 ratio of vinegar and water instead of 50:50}.

2. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water, leaving about a 1 inch gap at the top of the bottle.

3. Add drops of essential oil{s} – 1 teaspoon of essential oil for every 1 cup of vinegar/water solution.

How To Use:

  • When ready to use the cleaner, shake vigorously to combine the essential oils throughout the mixture. Spray on surface to clean.
  • To help remove mold – generously spray on showers, shower doors, walls, tubs, etc. and LET SIT as a preventative, do not wipe down. The smell will be strong but it will go away.
  • Tip: Large stores like Target usually carry 1 gallons of white vinegar for around $2-3. This is the best price that I have found for vinegar anywhere.

Note: This homemade anti mold spray is only intended for surface mold on non-porous surfaces. Mold cannot be completely cleaned from porous surfaces like clothing, particle board, mattresses, paper, etc.

If you still find that you’re having trouble cleaning mold in your bathroom, I recommend you seek professional help.  If you need help finding somebody let me know as I know some  mold specialist all over the USA.