Burnout – let’s get into it!
I feel like these days we are conditioned to just “handle it all”
We are kind of expected to be able to juggle a heavy workload while having a social life, be financially stable, have the perfect body (don’t get me started) AND also live in a clean and tidy environment.
Yeah – not me.
I started 2022 super motivated, with lots of plans and goals in place.
Spoiler alert – it didn’t take long for all those ideas to fall apart.
All the energy I had to build a unique creative brand had completely faded.
I couldn’t be bothered to create anything which is detrimental when you want to be a creator.
I lost my joy and drive to share on social media because the imposter syndrome was moving MAD in my mind.
I’m emotionally exhausted and constantly feel powerless and stuck.
I sit thinking of all the things I could be doing instead of what I’m supposed to be doing.
And I’m often thinking of all the places I wish I was or all the experiences I could be having
I feel isolated most of the time and getting worse at responding to messages now
And I ALWAYS instantly find ways to avoid interactions or having to go out anywhere.
I think you get the picture.
I’m a bloody mess.
But I know I am not the only one who has or still IS feeling like this.
In 2019, the World Health Organisation actually recognised burnout as a legitimate thing.
And a survey done by Mental Health UK found that when asking 2099 adults identify symptoms of burnout, 85% of them got them correct.
The last few years have been crazy and many of us have had to blur the lines of work and home life.
The fallout of the pandemic, lockdowns, wars and the cost of living crisis has added to the daily pressures of life
So I am taking the steps to start recovering from burnout and getting back on track
Burnout Symptoms and Causes
As I’m not a professional in this field, it wouldn’t be right for me to list all the symptoms and causes.
Plus there’s a variety of different symptoms of burnout
It’s not a one size fits all situation.
However, there are some GREAT resources online that outline common symptoms.
Here’s are a few that I have looked at;
- Stress and burnout – Leadership Academy
- Burnout – Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org)
- Dealing with burnout when working from home – Mind
- Stress, Anxiety, & Burnout: How to Recover from Burnout when You’re Juggling so Much! — omne wellness
- Burned out from Work or School? 11 Things You Need to Do Now (ariannadanielle.com)
My Plan For Getting Through Burnout
As I said – I’m feeling like I need to change the tide and take control of how I’m feeling.
I decided to set guidelines for myself which I am going to review and monitor for the next 3 months.
The aim is to implement these into my daily life to manage the stress that I have been feeling.
After each month, I am going to review these and track how I feel from month to month
It definitely won’t be a quick fix BUT it is a way I think will help me put myself and my wellbeing first.
So I’ve picked four things that I think are the best places to focus on when starting to tackle burnout;
Cut back on commitments and shift focus
It’s about time we stopped setting ourselves a shit load of things to do with a minimal amount of time to do them.
I want to focus on what I can handle, what is going good, right and honestly – what is easy for me right now
We don’t need some major challenges because I think it’s just stressing us out.
It’s ok to turn down challenges when you’re not in the right frame of mind.
We shouldn’t feel guilty about it and neither should you!
Stop consuming content that doesn’t make you feel good
I mean, we shouldn’t be doing this anyway.
It’s time to turn away from the following;
- Content where we compare ourselves to others
- Content that makes us feel bad about ourselves
- inspirational/motivational content which can actually make us feel worse!
A way to do this is to mute certain accounts so that you’re still following them but not actively seeing their feeds in the TL.
Another way is to limit your time on social accounts and block notifications.
I have been less into social media recently (apart from Youtube – absolutely LOVE Youtube)
Instead I have looked into new ways in occupying my time by taking on new craft hobbies or spending more time with my fur baba.
Go into nature
Talking about my fur baba, walking the dog has become a great blessing.
As I mentioned earlier, I have really been avoiding contact or social interactions for a while.
Going into nature and stepping out with my pup makes me feel small and grounded.
It makes you realise the bigger picture and gives you the space to establish what is and isn’t important
Take a break and rest
If girl boss hustle culture wrote the law, having time off would be punishable by 100 years!
It’s absolutely fine to take time off and do absolutely NOTHING.
Aiming to rest at least 2 days a week and do nothing regarding your side hustle or working overtime will do you the WORLD of good.
It may not be the way to progress in your career but life is WAY too short to stress ourselves out over analytics, performance and views
It’s not going to be easy BUT it’s important to try and get ourselves back on track
Whether you are looking to start creating again
Or just want to bring back some sort of normality
We have 100% got this
So here’s to beating down burnout and moving forwards
Have you ever suffered from burnout or get some helpful tips of how to overcome it?
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