So I have been off the last few weeks (unplanned by the way) as something reared it’s ugly head. That word is BURNOUT.
A few weeks ago I definitely started to feel burned out. We had an event coming up, I was working a little more at my day job, I wasn’t making time to do fun stuff, and I was also at the mercy of my to do list. I started to get tired and irritable, and lost all joy for life. Luckily we had a holiday booked, which was a cabin in the woods in Yorkshire. We had this holiday a few years ago when we were both burned out from the life we were living in London, and taking that time out to get back to nature. We love to tramp through forest and hike through the countryside, and we got that in spades. This time was the same, except even more magical. I will document and show pictures in a blog coming up, but I want to concentrate on what I did to work through my burnout. Now it was lucky that I had a hot tub also at the cabin (that always helps) and we had a few nights under the stars watching bats nip around.
While I was at the cabin I made room for relaxation and fun. Sadly, this involved me watching Homes under the Hammer every morning (my utmost favourite show) and planning what we were doing that day. We would go on a hike, then come back for lunch, spend some time in the sun, and then get into the hot tub. I tried to stay off social media as much as possibly other than work I needed to do, and I brought books to read which I love to do. My doctor talked about me doing 1 thing a day, and scaling my life back to a simple routine. This I had done last year, and while it was very difficult for me, it really helped. The only thing I maybe had to do was food shopping, or putting washing on, or finishing a blog. This was very easy to do when I was away as all I had to do was plan our walk for the day and that was it.
Burnout affects many people on many levels. Its something that you consistently have to monitor, and more people are prone to it than others. Multitasking is very harmful and only pushes you to burnout faster, and I would be doing this all the time – watching something on Netflix while checking on social media etc. It is important to be in the moment (and while I am writing this blog I am listening to a podcast, old habits die hard), and not be focused on the next thing or the next thing.
Since I came back from holiday I have made another appointment with my therapist, just to get it sorted before it gets any worse, but I also found I was much happier. Happy to go back to work, generally genial with everyone, and also much more relaxed with setting boundaries and reading more. I am hoping this means I have more of a grip on it, but like depression and anxiety, it is something I will have monitor consistently.
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