Are You on the Verge of Burnout?

Are You on the Verge of Burnout?

Most of us have heard of the analogy ‘burning the candle at both ends’. For me, a really good definition of burnout is when you’ve been doing that for an unsustainable amount of time. Sometimes you do need to burn the candle at both ends, and you’ve got to get stuff done, dealing with a situation or crisis. But when you start to do that on a long-term basis, you get into this place where you’re really burning up your reserves each day and aren’t taking the time to fill yourself back up.

This can be a conscious choice or it can be as a result of survival mode. Those of us who have struggled a little bit more during this pandemic, I’m sure you’ve felt that more over the last couple of years. And in my case, being a business owner, I was spinning my wheels for a long time trying to figure out what I was doing. 

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Recently I took on a contract so that I could make ends meet. This weekend I finally had a couple of days off after working for two weeks in a row straight—for my new contract and on my business—and I learned a huge lesson. 

I learned that I was on the verge of burnout. 

And the reason I realized that was because on Monday I woke up feeling more tired even though I had two days off. If you’ve ever felt something similar you might be a bit confused. 

I’ve just had more rest; why am I more tired?

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How to know if you're on the verge of burnout

When it comes to burnout, usually what happens is your nervous system has been running on adrenaline and hasn’t had a chance to go into that rest-and-digest mode. And so as soon as you give your system the opportunity to feel that, it lets its guard down, and now it starts to remind you that you need even more rest.

It’s this weird situation where you finally get what you need, and it turns out you need way more of it than you thought you needed.

I just wanted to share that personal story with you so that you can learn from it. And to let you know that if it happens to you, you’re not alone. 

I don’t have all the answers right now, but I’m currently working through that process of figuring out how I can continue doing the things that I love and take on the new things that I need to sustain myself, and not burn myself out in the process. 

Because we can’t give from a place of depletion or from a place of emptiness. 

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That’s something we need to learn (and re-learn) as folks who work in service industries or who are parents or leaders (or all three): that people need us and they need our support.

I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever experienced burnout? What helped you get through it? Let me know in the comments.


Watch my IGTV all about burnout on Instagram

Your friend in this journey together,

P.S. My Meaningful Mornings meditation and journaling course was designed to be a simple habit you can come back to any time you need it (perfect way to fill yourself back up). Check it out.


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