How to AVOID burning the candle at both ends

Burning the candle at both ends

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There are times when we all get to the point where we are just exhausted. Pushing too hard to reach our goals. Or as others say, burning the candle at both ends.

It’s at that point when we just need to step back and say enough. Examine how many “Yeses” we have and figure out how we can recharge. Perhaps all we see is fog and we need a just for me kind of day.

The issues we face won’t necessarily go away but the time spent just pulling away from our incessant demands may give us a new perspective.

Spring has been very slow to come in Wisconsin and with all of the conflict our state has seen, I think many people are just tired of everything. They can rant on social media but that usually sets off the Law of Subtraction and is counterproductive. A better solution is to find a way to recharge, perhaps with one of these activities.

  • A walk in the park with a friend
  • Coffee with a friend – treat yourself to a favorite flavor or a decadent raspberry chocolate mocha
  • A nap – Preferably in the sunshine… sunshine naps are the best.
  • Read a good book curled up by the fire or under a very soft blanket
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Eat something healthy but fun
  • Exercise, perhaps some jumping jacks

If you are one of those burning the candle at both ends people, give yourself permission to step back and do something for yourself today. How do you recharge?


  1. Melissa Cooley on April 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Yes, it’s so important to allow ourselves time to recharge our batteries. Burnout with job hunting can happen just as easily as it can while in a job; the need for a good balance is still there. Thanks for this reminder, Julie!

    • Julie Walraven on April 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      I really believe in this for everyone. When I see myself starting to hit a wall, I examine what I can do to change my ways.

  2. Ed Han on April 7, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Julie, I firmly believe in the importance of recharging periodically. In an increasingly interconnected, 24/7 world especially, I think it’s vital–how else are we going to deliver on the promise of our potential if we’re running ourselves ragged?

    • Julie Walraven on April 7, 2011 at 5:47 am

      A lesson I have to continually reteach myself. Harder for those of us who truly love our work. But I know that when I hit overload because I am being pulled in so many directions, I need that down time to be the best for everyone. And I need to stop multiplying yeses for things I do enjoy but I can’t do it all.

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