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BEATING BURNOUT

Rest until you feel like playing, then play until you feel like resting, period. Never do anything else. - Martha Beck



When I was writing the March newsletter last week I hit a wall. That wall is called BURNOUT. Burnout manifests as brain fog, lethargy, and anxiety for me. For others, this may appear as physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, feelings of ineffectiveness, or lack of accomplishment. Something to remember when your wall appears, you can lean on it and rest. Here are some ways you can prioritize rest and recharge after burnout!

  1. Set aside a non-negotiable time: We can trick ourselves into believing that self-care is selfish but you cannot pour from an empty cup. Having a daily, weekly, quarterly routine can help you regulate your energy and establish a sustainable pace. If you need to be held accountable book a class or a session with someone you trust.

  2. Change your location: Changing your location makes you relatively unavailable to tackle the never-ending to-do list. Stepping outside for a walk, booking a healing treatment, or heading to a studio creates space for you to recharge. If you are stuck at home set up a space to drink tea, journal, or meditate and consider it as your urban oasis devoted solely to rest.

  3. Set aside outside distractions: You cannot rest while scrolling a phone, watching television, or caring for others. Many people love restorative yoga, massage, or reiki because healing spaces generally do not allow cell phones. Trust me, your to-do list will be there when you get back.

  4. Allow time to catch up: When our nervous system goes into stress response it can take some time for our brain and body to balance. Expect racing thoughts, uncomfortable sensations, and unpleasantness to peek its head; this too shall pass. The longer we create rest rituals, the easier it becomes to slip into bliss.

  5. Integrate: Take it slow, eat nourishing food, drink lots of water. Burnout is a sign that things are out of balance so honor the space between where you were and where you are now.

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