‘Burn out’ - something that is becoming more and more common in our social circles. Admittedly it is more prevalent in the densely populated cities where demand for more time to fit everything in is so high. Then again it is also becoming common in the smaller towns due to social expectations, which put a great amount of pressure on us to deliver a socially acceptable way of life, whatever that might be.
For this reason we want to share with you ways to avoid ‘burn out’ so that life can become more balanced, enjoyable and of course peaceful.
Firstly, it is important to understand the reason why ‘burnt out’ happens then we can move onto how to prevent it happening to you!
Why ‘Burn Out?’
‘Burn out’ is the expression used when someone collapses from long-term exhaustion from the depletion of energy to be able to continue their regular activities.
It is the result of an imbalanced life-style where energy is constantly being drained from the daily activities and nothing is being done to properly replenish that energy.
The problem arises when the popular idea of relaxation and rejuvenation for the masses are such things as socialising with alcohol, loud music, watching sports, laying around doing nothing.
Meditation brings in a lot of energy, energy of different types, as does asanas and pranayama, daily study of scriptures, kirtan, puja etc…
Many people who practice yoga don’t practice yoga for philosophical reasons. They practice yoga because after a yoga class they feel good! They feel peaceful, they feel energised. They become healthier. They become more joyful.
In order to recharge in this more complete way we need to find a balance in our daily life. Swami Sivananda speaks of a balanced life-style through his famous quote: ‘Eat a little, drink a little, do asana a little, do pranayama a little, meditate a little’. And this was in the 1940-50s which shows how little we have advanced.
We have to find the time to incorporate these effective means of recharging our batteries if we want to avoid the stress and constant pressure which leads to ‘burn out’.
Simple Yoga Tips:
1. Are you sleeping a decent number of hours each night? For us, we try to sleep early and get up early to keep in the natural rhythm of the sun.
2. Look at your diet, can you make any changes that will bring more routine to your eating patterns, less ready-made foods and more freshly prepared meals? Try this quick and delicious recipe from our blog ‘The Best of all Yogic Foods.’
3. Do a yoga class at least once per week. Choose a style of yoga that focuses on breath and steadiness of posture.
4. Each day practice 10 rounds of Sun Salutation (1 round is one leg).
5. Meditate! Take 15 minutes a day to sit quietly and reflect on something positive and stilling the mind. To help you start, you can read our blog on the ‘6 Easy Steps To Meditation.’
6. Socialising within an environment where you feel recharged when you walk away.
7. Try to help others in a small or big way, once per day.
8. Do a yoga retreat at least once per year.
It is actually very simple, the hardest bit is always the first step of putting it into practice. Like anything, once you start, it becomes routine and then there’s no looking back. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy a new way of life, a happier and more balanced one! Just try it. First for 1 week then one month, you will reap the benefits quickly…
If you do a little of everything, then you can fit it all in!
Enjoy your new daily routine!
Shyamala & Yoga White Lotus Team