Limiting Spring Break Burnout


By Bobby Benevides

IT’S SPRING BREAK (or, depending on your area, it just was, and you can store up the truths of this post for that quickly approaching summer break)! That means, a period of time where kids are available for activities and hangouts. A perfect opportunity for you and your leaders to reach out to young people for coffee chats, ice cream, and other interesting events. It is prime time to experience sporting events, ultimate frisbee, backyard cookouts, campfires, and much more. It’s a great time for youth pastors and leaders to build relationships and memories with students and help parents who are unable to get the time off from work (you know that’s a part of it right?)

Although this is an opportune time for events and activities, there is also a high probability of burnout during this time. As youth workers, we want to be available and we want to take advantage of open doors into the lives of our students, especially during warmer weather. We plan for basketball and barbecues. We get pumped for bonfires and Frisbee. Yet, in all the excitement, we often forget about our own health.

It is vital for you as a youth worker to be a part of your student’s life and activities. It is important for you to build these relationships and memories. However, it is also important for you to find balance and be willing to say “no.” It is hard, but is so necessary. Spring break can be busy, but you need time for you. Choose your activities wisely.

Your students aren’t just learning about Jesus from you. They are learning margin. They are learning how to create boundaries. They are learning how to maintain sanity in a busy life. So many of our kids are overwhelmed by their calendars and they need someone to show them how to live with healthy time constraints.

You will have kids ask for you to join them for movies, all-nighters, or concerts. If you can, do it. However, if you know that you are tired, don’t be afraid to say you’re tired. We all need rest and you deserve it too.

So, what should you do when you have said no? Pray for the kids and their families. Lay down. Read. Spend time with friends or family. Do something that allows you to breathe, something that rejuvenates your spirit.

Your ministry can only be healthy if you are. Limit your Spring Break burnout by creating healthy space for yourself. Your students will benefit more from a whole and healthy version of you, which means you will make it to the end.