I don’t know about any of you full-time working mothers out there, but having a side hustle and hobbies on top of all of that IS TOUGH. It’s one thing to be making the time to do something for yourself, but it’s a whole other thing when you have someone else’s schedule to work around.
That being said, I just experienced my first really bad burnout. It really fricken sucked. For those of you who don’t know what burnout is, it is something that happens to people when they hustle and forget to slow down.
I don’t know about you but when I get in to hustle mode, it’s hard for me to do anything else. I can’t actually make myself sit down and watch TV because I have such an urgency to get shit done. Have you ever experienced this before? I’m sure if you have any kind of side hustle or full-time hustle you’ve experienced that feeling of GO GO GO. Or even worse, the sense of guilt for sitting down and relaxing and not putting time into your goals.
I know a lot of websites talk about how to avoid burnout all together, and that is what I would recommend to everyone. If you can avoid getting burnt out then AMEN TO YOU. That being said, what happens when you experience it? Then what? What in the world do you do AFTER the initial burnout happens?! WHAT?!
Ok that was dramatic. But I know I personally have a really hard time getting over it quickly. It tends to linger for a long time and I wonder if I’ll EVER get back into hustle mode again. I came up with a list of 3 things that I did to get over the burnout faster so I could finally feel re-charged and motivated.
#1: Stop worrying about it
Ok, so you ever heard the saying “where your mind goes, energy flows”? This is a class A example of that saying at work. If you keep worrying about staying in burnout mode you are only pro-longing the process of actually getting back into working mode. If you are experiencing a burnout that leaves you completely avoiding any type of work, you are obviously spent. That is a sign from the Universe to SLOW THE FUCK DOWN and embrace the flow period.
The more you worry about it, the worse it’ll get. You will cause yourself unnecessary anxiety and your body/mind won’t receive the relaxation it is so badly craving. If you are thinking to yourself, “Lindsie, are you nuts, I worry about everything!” then you need help. Not in a “bad” way, but seriously. You shouldn’t worry about everything, it’s just not convenient!
#2: Enjoy your time off
Ok so this kind of goes hand in hand with not worrying. If you realize that your burnt out and you need a break, you better damn well make that break worth while. The more relaxed and fulfilled you can make yourself feel during this time, the more rejuvenated you will be when you’re ready to start doing things again.
Personally, I didn’t do anything to special. I just gave myself a week to literally do nothing (unless I felt like it) and watch TV. It was amazing, and it also gave me a sense of urgency again to start getting stuff done. Not only did I come out of my burnout ready and willing to do extra work, I caught the creative bug. I’ve been loving creating these posts and other things for the people I’ve connected with. SO FUN!
#3: Learn from it
What did you learn about yourself from your most recent burnout? Maybe you discovered you hate scheduling things in advance. Maybe you figured out you’re a total night owl and do better work at night instead of the early mornings. Whatever it is, FIGURE IT OUT!
The reason you need to learn from it is because it will keep happening over and over again. Honestly, take every opportunity you can to learn something about yourself and your tendencies. How did this burnout make you feel? Did you come out stronger than ever or has it taken longer than you thought? What things can you change to make your overall experience better?
Start asking yourself questions. Becoming self-aware is so rewarding and liberating.
I hope these 3 tips helped you. If you’ve experienced burnout, it is usually a sign you’re not in complete alignment with what it is your doing. Maybe re-evaluating how and why you do things is the way to go before you proceed. Remember that your body is always talking to you even if you can’t hear it. Take those things as signs that something needs to change and implement that change!