Deal With Burnout: 3 Things You Can Do Today
Yesterday I had to be reminded that I can deal with burnout. I’ve been diligently working to create a life I love, and I’m doing a good job of it. But man, it can be exhausting nonetheless.
If you’re feeling the same way, let’s work through it together.
I think there are two types of burnout: stress burnout and purpose burnout. Either way, you are dealing with an imbalance in your life.
Stress burnout is when you are giving all your energy to other people and their agendas and forgetting to take care of yourself. That’s not what I was experiencing.
Purpose burnout is when you know what you want out of life, you are focused on it, you work toward it every day, and it starts to consume you. That is what I was experiencing.
I actually cried, and I hardly ever cry. I went through a period in my life when I cried for literally at least a half hour every day, so ever since then, I just don’t cry much. That was my sign that I was teetering on the edge of burnout.
What signs is your body giving you? (Let me know in the comments.)
So I pulled my husband into our bedroom for a talk, and here’s what we came up with:
Keep scrolling to see what we came up with.
- You need a day off! Or at least half a day. When you build a life you love, your work life and personal life become one. For example, I work for a few hours, do something with my family, work some more. It’s awesome, and I’m not complaining. But, I’m not ever really giving myself a break. So I committed to taking this upcoming Sunday off completely.
- You need to do something meaningless. I know this sounds counterproductive, but it is necessary to be productive long-term. My husband reminded me that in my “free” time I am still working. I’m not reading fiction books anymore, I’m reading The Boy Crisis because it’s a cause I want to support. I’m not watching fun, lighthearted shows, I’m watching videos of Simon Sinek and Jordan Peterson, among other greats. So last night I watched Workin’ Moms, a Netflix original comedy, and it felt really good. Plus, I slept great ?
- You need to invest your time wisely. I’ve been exploring different ways to make money while I grow this organization. I thought maybe transcription work was the way to go. My goal was to become an editor, which meant I had to invest quite a bit of time up front to get there. I dedicated a lot of time to it last week, with little pay back and quite a bit of frustration, so my husband suggested that I drop it. Done! Onto exploring better options.
Now it’s your turn. What do you need to do today to deal with burnout, or avoid it altogether, so you can continue to create a life you love?
Do you need to schedule a day off? Do it now!
Do you need to do something meaningless? Name it now, and then do it ASAP!
Do you need to invest your time wisely? Name something you are not investing your time in wisely, and let it go!
Maybe you could use some help energizing yourself:
Let me know what you decide to do in the comments.
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