"It feels like just yesterday. I was getting hired. I was excited. I loved what was going on. Then time pressed on. The novel transitioned to the mundane. I look around, who am I and what am I wearing?" - thoughts from a former burnout
Burnout is a sneaky phenomenon. It usually isn't apparent until it is too late, or it is becoming too late.
If you suspect you are experiencing burnout, a few simple steps can help you reconnect and get back on track.
Create ME time. If this means waking up earlier or taking a break during the day, carve out some time for uninterrupted solitude. Phone tucked away or on airplane mode. Be in nature, be by a plant, just be.
Breathe. Do this NOW. Take an inhale, feel it deep into your lower abdomen. Allow yourself to sip life in through your breath. Exhale. You are alive.
Drink some water. Seriously.
Write. Whether a journal or paper towel get some of the thought swirling in your head down on paper. Allow the clarity and shifts to come from this safe space. Brainstorm, create, vent, this is for you!
Connect with your WHY. Why did you start the job you are in, the company you run, the responsibilities you have take on. Get clear on your why. Maybe your life has shifted and the why doesn't mean what it meant to you before. That is a ok! Burnout and stress responses can be information coming from your amazing body to let you know it is time for some kind of change.
Life can be as easy or hard as you let it be. Burnout doesn't have to be sucking your soul. Try the steps above. Celebrate your life. with love.