The Antidote for Exhaustion

January 14th, 2014 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, Vitality by

It’s a new year and many of us are returning to our work after some well-deserved time off.

While the topic of exhaustion may seem out of place in early January, you may want to think again.

On a recent Sunday morning hike, I was reminded of something that the Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast once said about exhaustion.

Brother David said that the antidote for exhaustion is not rest.

So, if the antidote for exhaustion is not rest, what is it?

According to Steindl-Rast, the antidote for exhaustion is whole-heartedness.

The next time you’re feeling tired or beaten down, it might be due to your getting less than your recommended 7-8 hours of sleep…

…or it might be due to an absence of whole-heartedness.

Many of us can remember a time when we worked harder and longer than normal on a special project.

Rather than draining our energy, these experiences often are best remembered as filling us with passion and excitement (whole-heartedness).

Whole-heartedness infuses us with focus and energy and is a great sign of our commitment to what we are doing.

When we bring all of our heart to what is before us, we rarely feel exhausted.

Yes, we feel used and we feel busy, and yet our whole-heartedness often fends off any sense of exhaustion.

So, remember to start off your New Year by getting sufficient rest, and be sure to fill the new year with activities that leverage your unique talents and your whole heart and being.

That is the antidote for exhaustion!

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