Posts Tagged ‘stress’

Some weeks I need my Moleskin.

Posted in Personal, Self Care on August 2nd, 2010 by Jim Hughes – Comments Off

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Some weeks I need my Moleskin.

I need to physically write things down, bullet lists of to do’s that I can check off as I go.

For some reason, it just doesn’t work the same when I do it on the iPhone. I’ve tried all the apps, some of them very good. But I end up feeling more overwhelmed, instead of more focused.

During Dad’s illness and recovery period, it was my go-to for information ranging from his Rx list to Dr. contact information to lists of what I needed to handle and ideas of how to do it.

It’s not a big Moleskin. It’s one that will fit in my pocket, one which will allow a pen to be held when it’s kept closed by the elastic closure thingy.

When things are going along pretty smoothly, I don’t need it. I keep up with things in my head or on my calendar.

But when things get hectic, as this week’s going to be, I grab it and start writing. It’ll be in my pocket the whole week, keeping me focused, keeping me comfortable, like a blankie.

What helps you be focused and comfortable during hectic or stressful weeks?

Fighting Against Burnout

Posted in Caregiving, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Personal on May 18th, 2009 by Jim Hughes – 3 Comments

I’m concerned about burning out.

I don’t want to lose my passion, my drive, my desire.

And I’m concerned about you as well.  I don’t want you to hit the wall, to not have the energy to carry on.

All of us who care for and serve others, whether it’s our profession or something we do for family or as ministry, are candidates for burnout.

We have developed different phrases for this phenomenon.  Sometimes we call it compassion fatigue.  Sometimes we use the term, “hitting the wall.”  But “burnout” is probably the term that is most used.  Regardless of the label you put on it, it has the same results, and the causes are the same.

So I’ve decided to write a series of posts on Fighting Against Burnout.  I’m writing it for us.  For me, because I’m seeing some warning signs, and I need to renew my vigil and my protective actions.  For you, because what you do is too important to be compromised.

Here’s a question for you to think about as we begin.  How much reserve do you have in your life right now?  Enough to handle one more crisis?  Enough to take on one more assignment?  Enough to not feel stressed, overwhelmed?