I'm feeling completely burnt out with all of my responsibilities and I'm struggling to find the energy to do what I love! I MISS reading, going for walks, and grabbing dinner with friends, plus I also want to pick up new hobbies (has anyone tried pottery?!). I never feel like I have enough time and, more importantly, enough energy. What're your hacks for more energy when you are doing it all?!
Yes, tired is sooo present in the air! I know there is that desire to get back to doing the things that you love, but how do you feel about rest as a means to restore that energy? Unfortunately, when we enter into the zone of burnout, our brain just registers tired. That means even the things we enjoy will feel like work. Since, we can't just tap out of life the key is to replenish by doing the bare minimum; this looks different for everyone. On the other hand, the gift of burnout is that it gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we got there and how we can create structure/boundaries to protect/reserve our energy moving forward. I often encourage my clients to sit with this mantra "when I invest in me I invest in the things that matter to me". It sounds like your body and mind are saying "we've worked hard, can we chill for a little"
Would love to hear your thoughts!
This post is so insightful. I too suffer from burn out but perhaps the problem is somewhat of a guilt resting. I feel like I always have to be doing something most times kids and work and then if I have free time pressure to do my old hobbies and then I can’t understand why I don’t have the get up and go to do some of the things I used to love. Perhaps just some time to simply breathe is ok and the best way to recoup and gain better balance. Thanks for the insight.
yup yup, burnout is sooooo real. i talked about this recently here.
during this time it might be a good time to:
engage in things you desire, delegate tasks to loved ones if possible, disrupt the beliefs and thoughts that lead us to burnout, describe the burnout to ppl and welcome care, and look/listen/smell things that delight you. these are a few D’s of my burnout survival solar system.
when our body stops having the energy we’re used to it’s a usually a cue there’s a need for an external change and a shift in our relationship to the external things happening in our life.
like @Nichomi_H said, burnout offers you a chance to reflect and think about your relationships to your boundaries, your care, your no’s, and your body.
small micro moments of rest may be right around the corner. google or look up 7 types of rest for a starting point 🙂
I love the 4 Ds! Thanks for sharing. I just learned about them now but in trying to help myself through my burnout journey, I found myself doing all of them (except for delegate) and find them tremendously helpful. I have been using podcasts, like the Michelle Obama one, to help me disrupt the thoughts leading to burnout. For desire, just about 2-3 week ago I restarted my exercise regimen for just 15-30 minutes of intense exercise with my favorite app on most days. Just that little bit of exercise instantly helps me increase my energy and makes me crave fresh healthy foods.
oh sister, I absolutely hear you. I completely burned out at the end of last year myself. So this is the year that I'm really paying attention to what I need and want to do to avoid that feeling. The following list is what has helped me so far. Take what works for you and can be applied to your situation.