Happy Monday, friends.
Today, I want to share about something that I’ve dealt with many times, and I’m sure some of you have, too. Feeling burnt out.
It’s the worst; even more unfortunate than feeling exhausted or like you’re lacking energy. Hitting a burn out period usually leaves you feeling uninspired, unmotivated, and slightly hopeless. You want to do everything, but are in such a low that you end up doing less than what you’re actually capable of accomplishing.
Everything feels out of reach, everyday is more tiring than the day before. You aren’t doing anything with intention, but rather going through the motions to get from one day to the next.
Anyone out there relating to what I’m saying?
Let me break down how this burn out crept up into my own spaces.
Last Fall, I took on the internship I had been dreaming about for years! I was so excited to have been selected, so enthusiastic about the challenges and opportunities that lied ahead. I was eager, and ready, and in a good place. And I stayed in that place for a while, until things started to build up. I kept taking on more: this blog, leadership roles, interning, working, outside activities, and (every now and then, but less often) me time.
I loved everything I was doing, and for that reason, couldn’t picture myself saying no to doing any of them. So kept doing, even when I knew it would have been in my best interest to stop.
The things I was doing started to suffer. Less content was ready for the blog, the quality of work I was producing at my internship lessened. My boss even told me that she could see me reaching the end of my rope. I was burning out, quickly.
I managed to reorder some things, readjust and refocus others to help myself get through that period. But life can throw a lot of curve balls, and you won’t always be able to take the “do less” approach to burn out recovery. But there are still ways to manage, and recover. You can always bounce back.
Identify burn out factors
Are there specific things, people or activities that are causing you to feel burnt out? Are you taking on too many responsibilities, or starting too many projects all at once. Burn out can form from feelings of overwhelm and pressure.
Give yourself space from things
Taking a step back, and taking a break from your regular routine is great to calm and center yourself. Wake up an hour later or earlier. Walk to work instead of driving in, take a different route to class one morning. Switch things up, change your horizons and escape the mundane. Take this time to give yourself a little space from people (maybe even your blog readers) until you feel back to yourself.
Be open and honest with yourself and others
This is a time where extra help or a listening ear can prove incredibly useful. But, in order to receive help, you have to be honest about the place you’re in. Admit that you’re feeling overwhelmed, allow the people that want you to well to lend a helping hand. And don’t bully yourself! If you know that you need to put yourself to rest, go rest. Listen, trust, and always be true about your needs.
Rest & Relax
Take a deep breath, lay back, and just be. This is something that I personally struggle with. Finding the balance between down time and time wasted. It is important to take those moments everyday, or however often you can, to just do nothing and recuperate. It could mean journaling, watching a movie for an hour or two, or just reading a good book in bed. Do something that you enjoy that allows you to unwind.
Have you ever felt burnt out before? How did you recover?
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