Fulfillment in life is related to how well you are living in alignment with your values. Values are not morals or principles. They are the essence of who you are – not who you think you should be and certainly not who others think you should be. For instance, money is not a value, whereas the things that money might buy, such as free time, adventures, and being of service are values. When you’re aligned with your values, you feel inner harmony, your choices are made more easily, and your actions are in accord with your true self. Take this quiz to see how well you are living in sync with your values.

1.  I have spent time clarifying my values and can easily articulate them.

2.  My values are my own. I have not simply adopted them from parents, teachers or other outside influences.

3.  I based my choice of occupation on my deepest values.

4.  My values are in alignment with the company I own (or work for).

5.  My business associates and I regularly examine how we are living up to our values and mission.

6.  I turn down money-making or status-building opportunities when they conflict with my values.

7.  In resolving disputes, I look beneath the apparent problem to see if values are being dishonored, and then I seek ways to honor them.

8.  Anyone looking at my life from the outside would see what I value – I walk my talk.

9.  I use my values as a guidepost for making decisions. I ask if a particular choice would bring me closer to – or further from – a core value.

10.  When I feel upset, it’s almost always because my values are being trample – either by me, someone else, or the situation.

11.  I am not easily swayed by others’ opinions when they conflict with my values.

12.  To remain open and flexible, I am willing to re-examine my values to determine whether something is still true for me.

13.  I find creative ways to honor all of my values – even when they conflict with one another.

14.  My business/work values are in harmony with my personal and relationship values.

15.  If I live according to my values, I will feel satisfied and successful throughout my life.

If you answered false more often than true, you may wish to clarify your deepest values and bring your life into greater alignment with them. Please don’t hesitate to call if you’d like support in doing this.

Burnout happens when we burn the candle at both ends and in today’s fast paced world that’s fairly typical so it’s getting harder and harder to avoid burnout.

In today’s “go, go, go” society, we idealise the pink Energizer Bunny® that beats his drum non-stop. As the battery commercial says, “He keeps going and going and…”

And so do we.

We work long hours, days and sometimes weeks without a break. Some business owners never take a holiday and some employees don’t even take advantage of their entire vacation time. Then we pack our non-work hours with more activities.

But taking breaks—whether for a short walk or a long vacation—helps you avoid burnout, improve mental health and reduce the likelihood of stress-related illnesses that sometimes accompanies the “don’t stop ’til you drop” attitude. Breaks encourage the discovery of fresh perspectives and new ideas. They are a delicious reward for hard work, a pause that reinvigorates.

If you feel overwhelmed, depleted or under-energised, chances are you’re suffering from burnout and it’s time for you to take a break. These three practices will help you renew, recharge and refresh:

 Get up and walk or stretch. If you spend most of your day at a computer or stuck in one place, get up and move around for a few minutes several times a day. At least hourly is ideal and have a good stretch as well. Experts constantly warn that sedentary people are at increased risk of developing health issues, such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Also, most of us are stuck at a computer for hours on end. Looking away from a computer screen for even one minute now and then can give your eyes—and mind—a much-needed break. According to the Mayo Clinic, although eyestrain can be annoying, it usually isn’t serious and can be relieved by resting your eyes.

On the other hand, if you are running yourself ragged, chasing after kids or keeping up a hectic pace, carving out a half-hour for a nap or some rest and relaxation will do wonders for your body and soul. Even most athletes recognise the importance of resting after intense exercise. It’s essential to high-level performance and allows the body to repair and strengthen itself.

Take a day off. When, or even better, before you start to dread getting up in the morning, take a mental health day every now and then. Do whatever recharges you, whether that’s soaking in a bubble bath, reading a book, going for a round of golf or even having lunch with friends. The idea here is to take a break before you get sick, depressed or feel overwhelmed.

Plan a vacation. Whether you have one week or a month off a year, make sure to take every moment of it. Or if you decide that a “stay-cation” or “play-cation” is your best option, figure out in advance how to make the best of the time you will spend in and around your home or city.

According to Karen Matthews of the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind-Body Center, “It is important to engage in multiple leisure activities, both as a way to enjoy life more, but also to potentially have a benefit on health and be a stress reliever.”

It’s up to you to discover when it’s time to take a break from your business or job, or whatever your regular routine is. Taking breaks—big or small—helps you remain motivated and excited about your life. You want to be the Energizer Bunny? Take time to recharge!