Free Resources for YOU! (You can access these tools, print them off and use them. Please always include a credit or attribution line when using these exercises.)
Burnout can occur when you adopt unrealistic expectations and strive for perfection in your work, relationships, bodies, emotions, churches, and even faith instead of excellence.
For those of us who try too hard to make it just right, it's often helpful to see the difference between perfectionism and partnering with God for excellence. Click above to view the Relief of Imperfection Clarifying Chart.
To assess your life satisfaction level click on the Wheel of Life Inventory link above. It includes 8 areas of your life:
Self-care: physical/emotional well-being, health, exercise, soul-care, journaling, etc
Finances: stewardship and money management
Fun/Recreation: time-out, hobbies, exploring, re-creation
Life Work: vocation, career includes mother/homemaker
Family Life: children, in-laws, grandchildren, extended family
Marriage/Romance: spouse, dating, travel, dream-making, etc.
Friends/Relationships: neighbors, coworkers, fellow church members
Spiritual Life: faith, relationship with God, service, church work
Acknowledging your fun and not-so-fun feelings is a positive step toward accepting and taking care of yourself and growing in relationship with others and God.
Click on the Feelings Chart link above to help you put words to your feelings and emotions at any given time. (Thoughts and feelings are different. When determining your current emotions say, "I feel _________" and then fill in the blank with a word from the list. Since some of us aren't used to admitting our feelings, it might take practice.)
No doubt about it: Coaching works! I believe that the skills I've learned in coaches training and implemented with my clients can be adapted effectively for use in Women's [and Men's] Ministry programs at the local church level and in parachurch settings.
Click on the above link to read an article titled, "Coaching Works! Using Life Coaching Skills to Mentor Women in the Church." This e-book is a revised and updated version of a paper I wrote for a Ministry Certification I received several years ago.