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Pouring from an Empty Cup: Restoring Emotional Balance

Sunday, October 1st 2023 10:00am 4 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

When you’re feeling completely drained, worn-out, or frayed at the edges, it becomes challenging to find concern or interest in anything. The once passionate enthusiasm you possessed may now resemble charred remains, overshadowed by the weight of overwhelming family obligations, a job that drains your energy, or financial hardships. Perhaps it’s an illness, the uncertainty and disruptions of our current era, or a combination of factors that has left you feeling depleted, with very little to offer.

What you’re experiencing is burnout—a genuine condition that can lead to depression, anxiety, strained relationships, and an inability to function effectively both at home and at work.

But take heart: with time and dedication, you can replenish your energy and rediscover the joy and vitality that have been absent. Here are three approaches to get started.

Carve out personal time

  1. Allocating time for yourself is not a luxury; it’s a fundamental aspect of self-care. “You need to slow down and give yourself the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate. If necessary, schedule it in your day, even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes, a couple of times each day.

How can you find moments of respite in a jam-packed schedule? Review your day, week, or month and be selective about how much you commit to in a given period of time. Grant yourself the freedom to decline things that drain you or don’t serve you..

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