One thing I’ve been noticing lately (a lot lately) is how the American population tends to always be on the go all the time, with no rest or relaxation. I see my friends and family always on the go. Whether they’re working at their 9-5, participating in family obligations or just doing meaningless activities that don’t necessarily add value to their lives, everyone seems to be busy all the time. Even as a health coach, I tend to be this way from time to time too. But what exactly is “busy”? While everyone defines busy differently, one thing I know is that we all can experience burnout from being busy.
When I started to research this burnout that I’ve been experience, I’ve always been told to go to the doctor and get treated. But no one has ever told me to just take a day and relax. Strange, isn’t it?! As a holistic health coach, I’m a big proponent for treating things naturally rather than popping a pill because the pill does not necessarily treat the actual reason for the condition, it just treats the symptoms. This is one of the reasons I ask “Why” all the time. I like to get to the bottom of things rather than jumping to conclusions.
I’ve started to research this burnout phenomenon and one interesting article I found was a comparison to the United States and Europe. The article was an eye opener into the different cultures and how people living in the United States live very differently from those living in Europe. The article gives 10 differences between the United States and Europe, but here are my biggest eye openers:
- Vacation – Most Europeans have a minimum of 4 weeks vacation and many take this time all at once rather than a few days at a time.
- Lunch Time – Europeans actually leave their desks during lunch time and many for an hour or more.
- Smaller Food Portions – The food portions in the United States are enormous compared to Europe. For comparison’s sake, a small soda or coffee in the United States is like a large in Europe.
These three stuck out to me because the directly effect stress and how we feel about ourselves. The note about lunch time is HUGE for me because at my full time job, I literally never leave my desk because I know how much there is to do and how much pressure is on me to reach the goals set for me by the company. Can you imagine a goal set on just one person to capture millions of dollars in savings in just one year? Yea, talk about pressure.
Here’s my call to action for you:
**Take time to rest and recover, even if it’s just a little time each week. **
I want you to do this a little bit at a time, baby steps, because it will help you. Be mindful with your decisions and how you make your choices in life because in the end, they will effect your stress level.