Do you suffer from burnout? I do…Big time. I write countless articles every week and I’ve been doing the same thing for six years. It’s a fickle business making ends meet. I have to commit myself to a lot of work from many different sources, and I’m not a machine so I get burnout and burnout holds me back.
Burnout causes panic to set in
Burnout can’t control me… It can’t because I have dreams (big dreams). Those dreams have little to do with my career and more to do with financial freedom for my family and the chance to do serious good in the world. I want to help people! I deserve it, don’t I? (That’s when the fear turns to panic because during these moments of severe burnout, I begin to have self-confidence issues too).
I have no ideas and I’m exhausted and I’m frustrated and I’m bitchy. And, the family that motivates me is beginning to feel a bit let down. And, I am well-aware that I’ve been down this road before (many times). That’s the panicked voice of burnout.
Burnout keeps me writing lists
Everything suffers during periods of burnout. During these tailspins, I take stock of what I have control over. I can be a good mother. I can continue writing articles anonymously and I can make money. I take on more work, too much work, and I earn more money, but that’s all I do (in my pajamas all day and night). I convince myself that my problems will all be solved if I can just earn a couple hundred dollars more…But, this manic behavior causes everything else to suffer.
The result is an epic crash and a terrible case of burnout and a very messy house. And, thus a bit of stress turns into full on burnout, the symptoms of which are: irritability, exhaustion, fatigue, and laziness. (My house has yet to recover from a recent rash of burnout, but I’ve scheduled cleaning and domestic bliss is on my horizon.) I write articles and nothing else; I neglect my other work (the work I do for myself, such as this blog post) and the things I normally do to care for myself (showering and exercise).
I’ve found that my burnout is exacerbated by my surroundings; meaning, I have to be tidy and surrounded by motivating images to feel at Continue reading