Have you ever experienced burnout? I mean the burnout that leaves you not only physically exhausted, but mentally, emotionally, spiritually tired. Your brain has shut down and all it wants is peace and quiet. No thinking, nothing important, just relaxation. Hell, you don’t even want to read the street signs or your TV menu guide thingy!
I think at some point, you will experience burnout. If you don’t experience burnout at some point in your life, you need to reevaluate your life. If you don’t experience burnout, it most likely means that you are, dare I say it, lazy. However, we must not get burnout confused with a successful, productive, healthy life. Many times when you experience burnout it could be because you have too many things on your plate and you need to shake off some of that excess weight. Just because you are tired, it does not mean you have been productive.
What I find useful for me when I am feeling burned out is to do nothing. I mean to absolutely do nothing. I mean sit on my sofa and stare out my window, nothing. Also, I find that it is best to try and identify the source of my fatigue and eliminate it from my life for some time. Whether it be a day or week, just to regroup and get my rest to refocus. I am currently starting a business right now and I love it and each week for one day, I grow tired of it. What is funny is that I am totally committed to it, but just like a relationship, I need my space from it.
How do you handle burnout?