Burnout

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I have been at Friendship Chapel for 14 years making youth ministry my vocation 5 years ago.  Some key things that I have learned to avoid burnout include, Making sure I take a day off.  I used to take Friday's off but found I was still going to athletic events, retreats, and other Friday evening events. In essence it wasn't a day off.  I now take Monday's off and find that the break away is very nice & refreshing.  Keeping a folder with positive cards, notes, email's and reminders have also helped.  When things seem to be getting tough, I go back to that folder and read some of the positive things that people have appreciated.  Realizing it's ok to say "No"  has also been huge. If a meeting is scheduled on my day off, chances are i won't be there.  People come and ask for me to organize an idea that they have.  Helping rake leaves in someone's yard or organize a Christmas program.  I simply ask them to organize it or at least be involved in helping with it.  These are just a few things that may help.