Burnout is a state that most of us are hoping to avoid but sometimes it happens. It happened to me in 2023 and I want you to know it is a hard thing to live through. My burnout left me feeling exhausted, frustrated and very depressed. It isn’t an easy thing to live through but if you find yourself in a state of burnout I can tell you that it isn’t impossible to survive it at all. What is burnout, you ask? According to Healthline,” burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion that can zap the joy out of your career, friendships, and family interactions.” During the winter conditions like SAD can come along and make burnout that much worse. I myself suffered from burnout after two years of caretaking and dealing with the death of my younger brother and supporting my mother through a cancer diagnosis. Here are some of the things I did to work my way out of burnout, and I hope they will help you too if you are living through a period of burnout.
There are so many things for us to do and our schedules are often so packed, but burnout doesn’t care about our schedules at all. When you’re in burnout your body and mind are crying out for rest, and you have to give it to your body. Strip your schedule down to the bear minimum and make time to rest. Take your time to make sure you are getting a full eight hours of sleep, and reduce your commitment levels. I know this one is hard because we want to do so many things, but by taking this time to rest and relax we will give ourselves a chance to heal from the burnout and get back to being our best selves.
Getting back to old hobbies
While you’re resting, getting back to some of your old hobbies can be incredibly helpful. I sat down with my crochet for the first time in years and worked my way through a baby blanket for a little family member who is on the way into the world. Sitting back down with your hobbies is one of the ways you can give your brain a break. What is it that you love to do? Is it writing? Grab a journal and pour your feelings out onto the pages. Reconnecting with the things you love can help you to come out of burnout and feel your way back to the surface.
Reconnect with your loved ones
While I was in the midst of burnout, I isolated myself away from friends and family, too embarrassed to reach out. As the days turned into weeks I found myself sinking further into burnout to the point where I hardly spoke with anyone who wasn’t a member of my household. Your friends are waiting to hear from you, and making the time to reach out to them gives you several wonderful benefits. You’ll be able to tell them the truth about what’s going on in your life and how you have been feeling. You’ll be able to hear about their life and learn about what is going on with them. It will help take your mind off of what has been happening in your life and give you something else to concentrate on. Reconnecting with your loved ones can help you reconnect with the things you love best about life, which is easy to forget when you’re in the grips of burnout.
These are some simple ideas to get your mind flowing back towards its normal pace. Burnout recovery can be slow but if you are able to get back to the things you love it can help you to keep moving. If you’re living in burnout you are not alone, many of us are recovering from burnout in one form or another. Just keep trying and you will make it out slowly but surely!
Until next time,
If you’re struggling with burnout and need a hand, come see me for a coaching session and I will help you strategize on ways to get back to normal!