Lessons from Burnout

Do you ever have a streak of things that are going really well and then your body starts to crash when you bite off more than you can chew?

If so, welcome to burnout. Where the lows hit you hard and you’re forced to reflect on what is truly worth putting your time and effort into.

I struggle to admit that burnout is an area that I know all too well. Leaking energy is also an area I know like the back of my hand.

It’s also this week’s podcast episode, 3 Signs You’re Leaking Your Energy, which feels like a cruel joke I played on myself a few weeks ago, as if I knew I’d need to call myself out for doing way too much.

  • When you overcommit and think that you can do it all.
  • When you can’t focus because you have no clue where to even start.
  • When you aren’t comfortable with being in solitude because all you know is GRIND.

Over the past couple few months, I worked three jobs and after deciding to end one of them because I was drained, guess what I decided to do? Look into yet another job.

And guess what I started to feel again? Drained!

The feeling of repeating the sameeee lesson over and over again.

I was doing it with the intention of reducing stress, and yet… when do you get to recover if you’re always working and have multiple projects?

I’ve learned the hard way that grind culture and the toxic habit of feeling like space in your schedule is an issue, can actually cause you intense harm.

When you are so tired that you don’t want to talk to people you love or you feel like you don’t have mental space to do things that you enjoy, it’s time to make changes.

It’s been pushing me to simplify which scares the living daylights out of me. As someone who is used to juggling, I’m now allowing certain things to drop.

Leaning more into how things feel and not just thinking about if something can logically happen.

Approaching things with trust and less fear that things will go downhill.

Which also means that I’m intending on showing up differently for myself and others. For the business and the podcast as well, it’s all going through a transition.

No more trying to serve everyone and everything. It’s a drain and leads to spreading yourself thin.

If you’re in a similar boat, I encourage you to simplify with these questions:

  • If you could do what you actually wanted to without fear of getting hurt, and without self-doubt, what would it be?
  • What is something that you secretly want to do that slightly scares and challenges you?
  • What do you truly enjoy waking up and doing?
  • How can you add more joy into your day?
  • What can you remove from your day that feels like a drain or irritates you?

When you confront what doesn’t work for you and take a look at what does, it challenges you to take a hard look at how you move through life.

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Burnout is hard, it can feel like shame, but treating yourself with care is how you move through it.

How do you confront burnout and what have you learned from it?

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