Whatever stage in life you are in right now there are real reasons why there are so many creatives, and others sharing how they've gone through burn out in the past, or are working through anxiety or burn out right now.
Burnout obviously isn’t a necessity, nor do we want it to be, but if you are feeling some of the below you could be on a path to burnout.
FIRST: BURNOUT CAN LOOK MAY DIFFERENT WAYS. IF YOURS DOESN’T LOOK EXACTLY LIKE EVERYONE ELSES IT’S STILL JUST AS IMPORTANT TO LISTEN TO!
Five plus years ago everything was telling us to keep going, and work for the life that you deserve, don’t ever give up, 80+ hours a week at work is normal. Everyone else is doing it, and so can you!
These were all small lies that added together produced a very unhealthy view of ourselves. If you’re like me, you ended up working too much, and not realizing when enough was enough. I would be five hours into my work day and then I would realize that I haven’t had any water or eaten really anything that day.
You may ask yourself, “those” other people are doing it and they’re fine so why can’t you do it too? Why are you waking up in the middle of the night writing down things for work so that you “don’t forget them”. You’re feeling anxious in the middle of a shopping store? Oh, it must just be because you forgot to eat again, it couldn’t possibly be the stress.
It is unhealthy thoughts like this that lead many to that moment when enough is enough. You have this ah ha moment that you realize that this isn’t normal. You being to peel back layers or realization that those times you couldn’t sleep aren’t normal, and that’s not ok that you felt overwhelmed in the way that you did. Not all stress is healthy stress no matter how many times people tell you it is.
NOW WHAT? NOW THAT YOU KNOW WHAT BURNOUT CAN LOOK LIKE; WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?
You’ve realized you are too stressed, or that you are working though anxiety, but what do you do now?
This sounds very simple, but many, including myself forget this all of the time…take a moment to close your eyes and breathe.
No matter how the day is going or the year is going, it’s not over. Take a still moment to realize that you’ve been going so hard that you’ve really been latching onto control of something that you truly don't have 100% control over, you. It’s ok that you don’t have that control either because that same stress from wanting to control everything, is the stress you are looking to get rid of and let go of.
I personally believe in God. I believe that I’m made for a specific purpose and that purpose isn’t to be stressed all the time. Now, that realization doesn’t change my circumstances right away, but it is a constant reminder that I believe God’s plan is better than the one I’ve been so fully trying to make happen on my own.
It may be a hard humble pill to swallow, but it’s worth it. Don't feel that you’re an island in this either because there are so many right coming forward with their stories, and when you listen to them everyones is a little different. Many business owners, or those who have accidentally climbed the corporate latter, those who are not super sure how rent is going to be paid, or those who still seem to have it all together have opened up about their struggles with this same topic.
ONE ACTION STEP THAT YOU CAN TAKE TODAY IS BETTER THAN TWO TOMORROW. ONE SMALL STEP, DON’T TRY TO MAKE YOURSELF NOT FEEL BURNT OUT. YOU WON’T HEAL IF YOU TRY TO FORCE YOURSELF TO.
It takes more courage to ask for help than it does to try to do everything on your own. What area of your life would feel a little less chaotic if you took a moment to work on it. This could be as simple as cleaning off your desk. Taking a moment each day to start to move the needle towards balance is so important. Here are some other ideas that you could work on each day:
Take a moment to get bak to the basics and write down your “WHY”.
Take a moment to get back to basics and clean up the environment you live in.
Take a moment to get back to basics, and create some sort of routine for your body so that it knows you are taking care of it when you wake up.
Take a moment to get back to basics, and call or see a friend that you haven’t talked to in a long time.
Take a moment to get back to basics, and reach out to someone who is a professional listener to help you think through things.
Take a moment for your mental and physical health, because if you don’t your body will make you.
REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE
This one is huge! When we feel stressed we tend to start to feel like we’re the only one in this boat, and no one else is dealing with what we’re dealing with. That’s simply not true! You may be burnt out or stressed right now, but you’re not alone in that. You are not an island and there are many many resources that you have to help you be mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy again!
Have you ever dealt with burnout? Are you working through it now? Let me know! This is all about helping each other!