Burnout: (noun) fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from prolonged stress, overwork, or intense activity.
Admitting that I’m not super-human has always been hard for me, but I have often found myself trying ever so strategically to ignore the tell-tale signs of burnout. I have always been seriously afraid of being considered lazy—which in many ways is a great motivator that has done amazing things for me personally and professionally. The one drawback is that there really is a threshold to how much I can handle for a prolonged period of time, and today as I sat staring blankly at my computer at a café, waiting for the words form for an article I was writing I said to my friend, “Sometimes I just don’t have any more words to write.”
Even with a daycation under my belt I have to admit that I’m feeling a wee bit fried these days. Between book research, writing, and an increase in freelance assignments the pressure has definitely on lately. Sometimes my brain just doesn’t want to cooperate with my plans. So as I sat there frustrated my friend Sarah, ever encouraging, reminded me that sometimes we just need a little time off and that needing to recharge isn’t something to feel guilty about. There was an analogy thrown in about fields and taking time to sit fallow in order to recharge the soil. I always appreciate a good analogy.
Then she asked what it was that I wanted to do, and I said “All I want to do lately is exercise and watch Netflix.” Basically, all I want to do is tune out. Now, it was perhaps suggested that I take a week off from working but let’s be honest, I don’t think I could afford a week of down time, but perhaps a day or two is worth the dip in pay in order to recharge the brain waves. So, I gave my brain the rest of the day off. I went for a 6-mile run/walk around Brooklyn and followed it with a 45-minute spin class, then I hit up my favorite Japanese restaurant for a little sushi takeout. Hey, if I’m going to give myself a break, I might as well get one from kitchen duty too!
Do you ever experience burnout?
How do you recharge your brain cells when they’re feeling all fuzzy?
I am totally OBSESSED with a local bakery/café in my neighborhood. All of their bread is fresh baked. That made an egg sandwich pretty darn tempting this morning.
Rye bread with egg whites, ham and swiss cheese
My new favorite wrap: tortilla with refried beans, veggie burger, avocado and hot sauce
Whole wheat mini bagel with PB & J
Brown rice sushi