Burnout is really awful. It means exhaustion, lack of motivation, and just an overwhelming feeling of just being done.
As much as I love writing and blogging, I found myself getting super burnt out about a month ago. If I wasn’t at my “normal” job, I was at home trying to edit my next book and build my blog up as much as possible, whether it was working on social media, taking a course, writing a post, doing research, or editing photos. I always found myself in the same spot doing the same thing.
Eventually, I was finding that even though I would spend hours working, I would walk away from it barely getting anything done. It took me a while before I realized that the time I spent “working” my mind began to wander and I just couldn’t focus anymore. I had to think about why and I realized that as much as I love what I do, it was burning me out and draining my energy because it was the same thing every single day, so here are 4 ways that I overcame it and you can too!
Take a break
Once you can feel yourself constantly zoning out during your schoolwork, daily activities, job, or whatever it is that you do, a break is a must! Take extra special care of yourself for a bit whenever you have the time. Focus on self-care to help get your mind to a more calm, fresh place.
Reassess your dreams & passions
Once your mind is in a better place, take some time to reassess what really makes you happy. Make sure that you are in fact on the right track with your hobbies, schoolwork, and job. Maybe school is burning you out because you’re just not passionate about the subject matter anymore. That might require a big transition like switching your major. Or, it might be something small, like writing. Maybe you just need to focus on a different piece for a while in order to get your creativity flow back and some new inspiration flowing.
Set new goals
Once you figure what transitions (if any) need to be made, set new goals accordingly. A clean slate is the best place to be and having something exciting to look forward to gives you that refreshed sense of motivation that you need!
Continue living your life outside of your passions
Last but not least, make sure you’re still living your life outside of school, work, and hobbies. I try my best to keep up with walking, mediation, meeting up with friends, spending time with my mom and Will, loving on my pets, watching funny movies, and reading. Make sure you continue including things in your life that you enjoy outside of your passions. It’s kind of like the relationship advice, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” No matter how much you love what you do, it can’t be 24/7. Stepping back will allow you to keep that passion alive and really appreciate what you do.
Do you ever get a case of burnout?
How do you escape it?