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55. Burnout

Photo by Namphuong Van; Quote by MGSpear

This past summer I pushed hard to learn how to build websites, start my blog, and polish up my horror story collection enough to sell. I ended up creating 5 different websites, wrapping up all of my short stories, and writing enough blog posts to have on hand for the next month.

I burned out big time.

It got to the point where I would feel drained, and when I would go walk in the neighborhood or on the treadmill, it just made me feel worse, even nauseous. I didn’t exercise as much as I normally do this summer.

I would feel a little better the next day and try to do some more intense work, and almost immediately my brain just lost all energy—any kind of thinking seemed to hurt. I could do nothing except sit outside on the back porch and slowly breath while enjoying the warm sun. I took a week off doing nothing to recover and slowed waaaay down.

But I did get everything I wanted done before my teaching jobs started back up, and now I just maintain everything and occasionally work on stuff.

Working all the time is not a good thing. Working full blast all the time is definitely not a good thing. Take time for yourself—work will still be there, and you’re all you’ve got. It’s not worth it to not be able to enjoy life.

Whatever you are doing right now, take a moment to relax and breathe. Because you are worth it.

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10. Burnout

Photo by Nikko Macaspac; quote by MGSpear

Something else that relaxes me is being physically active, whether running, hiking, or working in the yard. My husband went crazy last year and got all these fruit trees, and it took us a while to get them all planted, and then we had to mulch (I hate mulching!).

It might be pertinent to mention here that I can’t grow anything—I even kill cacti. My thing is cats.

The point is, I love to help out (except with the mulching), and be busy. I also try to keep up with running, even though I am not consistent with it. I tend to run/hike more in the summer months because A) I have the time, and B) I loooove the heat. I am cold most of the time, and even sit under an electric blanket most evenings. Can any of you relate?

Of course, sitting on the couch doing nothing is also relaxing. A helping of a favorite snack can also be relaxing. There have been days where my husband and I have done nothing except watch television for most of the day.

It’s important to take time to relax. Burnout is a real thing, and balance is always needed. There will always be times when things don’t work out, and perspective is needed. Down times are perfect for that, for not punishing yourself for mistakes, and facing the future with more hope.