Feeling drained and somewhat lost? According to our experts, you’re not alone…
How are you doing? It’s a question that’s taken on new significance in the past year. Once a throwaway phrase usually met with a standard, “Good, thanks,” these four little words are now weighted with a different kind of meaning. For a while now, many of us have been battling feelings of anxiety, fear and overwhelmment. And as this emotional exhaustion starts to take its toll, an increasing number of people are reporting feeling spiritually lost, ungrounded and disorientated. You may have experienced it, too – perhaps you feel drained of your positive resources, unable to tune in to your manifesting powers, or simply adrift among a sea of uncertainty. So, what exactly is going on? Could we all be suffering a sense of spiritual burnout? Holistic experts seem to think so.
Spiritual burnout is a deep feeling of soul weariness and spiritual unease that is sometimes an extended effect of physical and emotional burnout,” explains life coach Carolyne Bennett, who’s also an advanced Law of Attraction teacher (carolynebennett.com). “It’s on the rise today because of the immense strain on our minds and spirits. The events of 2020 have pushed many of us to the limit in virtually every sense – financially, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually – and people are becoming ‘soul weary’ as a result of the negativity and fear it’s created.” Many of us may be feeling disillusioned with our spiritual practices as they fail to give us the answers we desperately seek, and instead may be submitting to feelings of panic and negativity. Holistic health coach Louise Murray (livewellwithlou.com) sees people with all kinds of burnout in her line of work. “Burnout can happen to anyone, and experiencing it does not mean that you are weak or that you have failed in any way,” she says. “To the contrary, burnout is a particularly painful condition that good people experience when they are trying to do and give their very best.” So, what’s the answer? According to our experts, it’s time to tune back into our spirituality and to remember our core values. “It’s never too soon to take a closer look at how you are feeling, make time for yourself, set new priorities and seek the right support,” says Louise. “Slowing down, accepting ourselves and our limits, and realigning our hearts and minds with what matters most will foster self-compassion.”
The vital sign to overcoming it, according to Louise, is recognising that you’re feeling burnt-out. “When we are faced with challenging situations, our spiritual ego goes into action and this can be really beneficial and help you overcome these trials.” Signs of feeling challenged include anxiousness, sleeplessness, feeling particularly tense or pressured, and a sense that you’d be okay if you got the situation under control. “Burnout signals, on the other hand, are a state of deactivation. After periods of prolonged emotional stress, you may find that you retreat from yourself and your higher power.”
Signs that you need to slow down and implement radical rest include:
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It can be hard to maintain your sense of faith during challenging times – particularly if you feel as though it has let you down – but it’s precisely at these moments that we need it the most. “Quite often we leave our spiritual practices at times of stress,” says Carolyne. “As routines change, we may find ourselves forgetting the rituals that maintain our wellbeing and create feelings of optimism, clarity and calm.”
Try this: Look for inspiration around you
Remind yourself how much you can benefit from your spiritual practices by seeking the words and experiences of others. “We have so many spiritual leaders to read or listen to, and in times of darkness their wisdom can often be the light in the world we need to be reminded of,” says Nina Thistlethwaite, of London-based wellness studio House of Wisdom (houseofwisdomstudio.com).
When our positive resources are depleted, we often need reminders about all the good in our life. “Gratitude will bring you to a place of positivity, connectivity and clarity – a vantage point from where you can chart a course that’s not clouded by the overwhelming feelings of spiritual burnout,” Carolyne says.
Try this: Keep a journal
Nina suggests ending each day by writing down what you are thankful for. “As you keep doing this practice, you’ll realise there are many reasons to be grateful, and your outlook on life will begin to shift.”
As we spend an increasing amount of time within our own four walls, it’s important to ensure this is somewhere that allows our spirituality to flourish. Keep your workspace separate from where you relax, and allow your spiritual tools to take pride of place in your living area – whether that’s candles, crystals or yoga equipment.
Try this: Buy some plants
Nina suggests adding some greenery to your home to boost your mental wellbeing, too. “Caring for a plant and witnessing its growth is nothing short of a miracle,” she says. “Learning how another living organism thrives helps us cultivate awareness and a natural connection to something greater than ourselves, allowing us to anchor into feelings of interconnectedness and hope.”
As with any major event, the lockdowns have offered us the chance to look at what’s important in our lives – so take the opportunity to do so. “Taking time to reassess your priorities by honestly listening to what your body, mind and spirit need is vital for healing burnout,” says Louise. It may be that your sense of spirituality is changing and your practices could reflect this better.
Try this: Ask yourself key questions
To help find your footing, Louise recommends asking yourself some important questions such as: What do I need less of in my life? What do I want more of? What would I enjoy doing on a daily basis to calm and centre myself? If my heart could talk to me, what would it say it needs most right now? How do you feel now? Do a quick meditation to see if your subconscious feels lighter and more energised. Now, pass this peace on to a friend to pay it forward!
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