Pace Yourself

A marathon runner must learn how to pace themselves throughout the race to avoid burnout. Pace yourself is defined as “doing something at a speed that is steady and that allows one to continue without becoming too tired.” There is a constant and steady pace that is sustainable and helps them reach their goal without compromising the race or experiencing extensive injuries. Throughout this race, some will grab a bottle of water on the way to quench their thirst, but they know just the right amount of water needed so as not to self-sabotage. What does this have to do with anything? Consider this new year a marathon race. So, what are some practical ways we can pace ourselves to avoid burn out by July?

  1. Take it one day at a time.
    1. Just start. “A thousand miles begins with one step.”
    2. Exercise gratitude.
    3. Set small goals at the beginning of your day. This could be by starting it with a to-do list. Give yourself grace when you don’t check EVERYTHING off your list for the day.
  2. Incorporate a work/ life balance rhythm. Work hard and play hard.
    1. Recognize when you need a break and take it. Do this by spending time with loved ones, volunteering, taking a solo trip to the mountains to rejuvenate, regularly taking a class of an activity you enjoy; such as dancing, painting or pottery.
    2. Set your annual checkup appointment with your physician, dentist or optometrist, and keep those appointments.
    3. Eat well. 
  3. Be connected to people who support you, bring life and challenge you.
    1. This can mean networking more to help you meet these people, if you already don’t have quality people in your circles.
    2. This could also mean disconnect from toxic relationships. Pruning processes in relationships is hard work, make sure you are mentally and emotionally prepared to do the work.
    3.  Be part of a community that shares the same values as you do.
  4. Feed yourself with skills, knowledge and tools that will help you run swiftly. Invest in yourself.
    1. Be curious. Ask good questions.
    2. This could also be taking a certificate course, reading a book, listening to one on your LA commutes, watching TedTalks, going to conferences.
    3. See a therapist or seeking out a mentor and intentionally meeting with them as a source of wisdom and an accountability partner.
  5. Take time to reflect regularly. This could be daily, weekly or monthly. When you do this, be open to new ideas, constructive criticism, and readjust appropriately where needed.

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