Burnout happens to the best of us. When you’re so focused on “achieving” and meeting objectives, it is easy to lose sight of our own needs. Have your priorities gotten totally out of wack?
Taking care of yourself should be your #1 priority.
What do they say on airlines…put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you attempt to help others. The same should be true in every day life.
I was recently listening to Elizabeth Kott & Stephanie Simbari’s podcast That’s so Retorograde, where Scream Queens Emma Robert’s was painting a very relatable picture of her own brush with burnout.
A particularly colorful excerpt from the podcast, Emma recounts:
I find myself…fighting between being easy going, and going with the flow, and knowing that you’re going to be taken care of by the universe, and then grabbing the universe by the throat and strangling it for an answer.
I’m focusing on more…me time and letting go. Because I’ve been so structured with work and having to show up places physically and emotionally, where it’s exhausting after a while. And your like constantly rushing. And I realized when I don’t make more time for myself, and I’m rushing, I get less done.
Wow! I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Are you sacrificing your own well being in the name of #productivity?
Does this sound familiar…are you constantly spinning your wheels and feeling like you’re getting nowhere? All of this energy exerted, and you’ve only driven yourself into the ground.
Break the pattern and change perspective
Is this starting to sound familiar? How many of Dominique Andersen’s 13 sign you need a break are you nodding your head to? I know #10 and #11 have been manifesting themselves in my life all too frequently.
As Dominique notes: “the first step in regaining control of your life is taking a break. You need to recharge, reload your batteries so you can have the head space to plan your comeback.”
Create boundaries and commit to self care.
Make personal time #1.
This doesn’t mean you care about your career or personal commitments any less, but you’ve got to take time that is truly just for you.
If you’ve got the resources, great! Plan a trip just for yourself. Go somewhere new, without expectations, and give yourself time to breath.
Can’t swing an international yoga retreat? No problem. How about taking a few Fridays off? No, not a “half” day working till 2, or 3pm. Take a full day off!
Throw yourself a mini weekend retreat at home.
Career Girl Daily has some great itinerary suggestions to get you started.
Give yourself some unstructured, uncommitted time, to unwind.
Get rid of distractions. Truly disconnect!
Set some boundaries, with yourself and others. Designate time to go “offline.” No checking email, turn off that phone.
Follow Yellow Collective guest blogger Kristi Porter’s advice, and set expectations with others on your availability. Let people know that you can’t be reached at that time.
Do you feel guilty, like you are not meeting expectations unless you are “on” 24/7?
Whose expectations are those? Set boundaries, and give yourself time to disconnect.
Even the brightest light would burn out if it was on all of the time.
Develop regular self care practices.
Stick to them, make them a priority.
Already have ones? Great! How often do you need to do them to feel “balanced?” Is it 3 times a week, or 5? Make sure you are hitting your weekly goal at least 85% of the time.
Are you out of balance with, or don’t have a self-care routine? Try something new, and stick to it for at least a week.
- Painting or drawing
…the list goes on.
Consistency is key. Commit to self care.
Make it a habit. To quote Gandhi: “Your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” Strive to achieve balance in all things. Your drive, or achievement oriented nature, doesn’t have to come at the expense of your well being.
Give yourself permission to make you the priority for once. Not your career, not your friends, not your family. Commit to self care, commit to balance.
I would love to hear what routines keep you feeling balanced, and in line with your best self! Please share with me in comments, email or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Next post I’ll be sharing the experience of my first yoga retreat with Yoga Adventures Worldwide!