Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.
– Francis Bacon Sr.
What’s the reason why we work hard so hard anyway?
Do The Beatles’ lyrics ‘I’ve been working like a dog… I should be sleeping like a log’ strike a chord with you? Unfortunately, this is the path that many are choose and as a result which results in burn out.
By devoting most of their time to work, they end up getting ‘dog tired’. It’s ironic. People work to have a good life. Instead, they burn out due to their job ’s heavy pressure. As a result, overworked people who consult tarot cards often get the advice to ‘slow down’.
Tarot cards are divination tools that provide many useful insights. For example, if your spread contains a four of swords card in an upright position, it usually means contemplation, meditation or relaxation.
However, if it’s in the reversed position, it can mean that you’re exhausted or burned out.
Two Kinds of People
In this world, there are two kinds of people, the ‘ants’ and the ‘party animals’.
Ants only know how to work hard. They are the first to arrive at work and the last to leave. Their social life is non-existent or limited only to the office or workplace. Many are familiar with this hectic lifestyle.
Party animals are fun to be with until they overstay their welcome. For them, the party never ends, which is a problem since they tend to neglect their responsibilities in the ‘real world’. Also, some of the ants will join this group.
A tarot spread will tell you that hard work is the only way to achieve and accomplish great things. Also, such efforts are meaningless if one can’t stop to smell the roses along the way. By consulting the cards, you’ll receive insight to help find a balance between working and having fun.
Why Do People Burn Out?
People are working so hard was because they have visions of a perfect life. They dream of taking long vacations abroad or sunbathing on white sandy beaches.
Eventually, they realize, however, that those dreams will only come true when they’re too old to enjoy them.
Do you see the irony? You no longer have the luxury of time to spend the wealth you’ve patiently accumulated for years. What’s the use of working to the bone if that’s the future waiting for you? It’s one of the many reasons why people often feel depressed at work.
When swamped with work, you can forget your health and relationships. By sacrificing everything that makes life worth living, you’ll consequently burn out.
This is the phase when people turned into a party animal. They try to relieve the pressures by having night outs and consuming lots of alcohol in the process. Hopefully, you’ll realize that abandoning your life goal for hard partying isn’t clever either.
Consider taking everything in moderation. Do your job well, but make sure that there are enough rest periods in between. You see, taking occasional breaks is good for the soul. A respite from my daily toils recharges and prepares you for the next tasks.
Hard Work Alone Isn’t Enough
Many people don’t find it easy but stop focusing on simply making ends meet. Instead, find ways to pursue your true goal. Remember your burning desire to achieve the good life while casting any doubts in your mind.
Often, doubt is the only thing that’s preventing people from taking the next step. Hard work won’t matter if you don’t pursue your dreams.
How to Avoid Burnout
People can burn out if they hate the job they’re doing even if it only takes an hour a day. In contrast, time flies when working for something you’re passionate about. Many people, however, are holding on to jobs because of money, not passion. While there’s nothing wrong with making ends meet, you’ll likely burnout once the job becomes too stressful.
Sometime, people obsessed with reaching their goal may miss all the exciting bits of the journey. Working hard is part of life, but consider applying some of these routines to release stress.
1. Reward yourself every now and then
You don’t have to take a long vacation. A single day of thinking or doing something unrelated to work is good for your mental health. Consider having these ‘rewards’ every week.
You could schedule a bike ride to a nearby park or hike to the countryside. Also, try spending a few hours with your family or friends. You’ll be amazed by how effective these short activities can keep your mind motivated and focused.
2. Disconnect from your smartphone
They are useful tools for connecting to other people. However, it’s your master once you reach for it every time it rings.
Why not turn the notifications off before going to bed? You’ll sleep better that way. Check your emails only during certain times to avoid distractions during work or your free time.
3. Focus only on what you can control
Stop imagining how things could go horribly wrong. Often, such doomsday scenarios are all in your mind. Instead, list down the things that you want to change.
Do you want a flexible work schedule? Perhaps you can discuss it with your boss? Life becomes easier by concentrating on things you can change at either work or home. Also, it can help reduce your stress levels.
4. Pursue non-work related passions
Doing worthwhile activities aside from work revitalizes your soul. If you have a hobby, pursue it, even if it’s unrelated to your career. Such leisure time will help you live a healthier and more fulfilling life in return.
Live Now, Not Later
It’s simple, all work and no play makes you dull. Also, working hard doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health or sanity. Consider, that time is more precious than money. You can always recover the money you’ve lost but not time. So never let work dominate your entire schedule. It’s essential to have some days free from your job. Make sure to live and enjoy the present.