Before leaving for vacation, I was feeling overworked, stressed and a tad bit burned out. Gosh, that feels weird to write. And acknowledge. But it’s true. You see, in addition to writing the blog everyday and the book, I write every word of my social media (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram). I am also doing more video work (those will be forthcoming) and making plans for the book launch and traveling for speaking engagements. Now, this is NOT a complaint. Not at all because I am really excited about, grateful for and loving what I am doing.
The thing of it is, though, I felt like I was living a daily cliché: one step forward, two steps back. Heaven knows that I know that life can be tricky like that. And I also know that post-FBC, I have a tendency to want to pack things in. However….I also must acknowledge that living this way isn’t healthy, physically or mentally.
Here are some of the signs that I had indicating that I was burning out:
- chronic fatigue
- lack of motivation
- weight gain
- I thought I was burned out
Believe it or not (actually, you’ll probably believe it!), I’m choosing to see burnout as a Silver Lining, something that I needed. I am a firm believer that the universe shows us what we need, at the precise time that we need it. And this is a perfect example.
My #1 priority in my life is my health. My #2 priority (a very close 2nd!) is my family. If I don’t have these, then I don’t have anything.
So, what to do? First things first:
- Scale back a bit. I hope that you will bear with me as I blog 3 days a week instead of 5. I think that this pace will be much more feasible.
- Unplug more often. I have been feeling absolutely glued to my computer, my phone and my iPad. A friend of mine has “screen-free Sundays” and I’m thinking about adopting that practice as well.
- Say “No” more often. Now this is super-challenging for me, especially as I am lining up the upcoming book tour, but it is important. Really important.
- Prioritize family and friend life. Actually, I have been prioritizing my family. Life lately has been all work and family. What I really need to do is add more girlfriend time into my life. I miss my girlfriends. They are such a humongous source of energy, compassion and support in my life.
- Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Zzzzzzz…..
Have you ever been burned out? If so, what do you do about it? Any helpful hints?