I am feeling burnt out and I am feeling it bad.

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I think it might be a combination of just having a crazy busy few months at work, trying to train for (too many) races, pushing myself to get back to a suitable racing weight and then of course, the stress of “real life” of trying to save up to buy a house, figuring out how to pay off some credit card debt and juggling everything I love/need to do in between. 

There are nights where I go to bed and think how in the world do people manage to do all of this with kids?! Because it is crazy that people do all of this and even more, while juggling the lives of other human beings. If this is you, give yourself a round of applause and a pat on the back right now. Even better: book yourself a massage because you deserve it! 🙂

I remember a few months ago, I asked you all what time you woke up to work out in the morning. And some of you were getting up in the 4 o’clock a.m. hour! Whaa? 

Putting it into perspective helps quite a bit, knowing that some people do way more than I’ve ever even attempted. It reminds me that I can do it and it is manageable… if I approach it the right way. However, at the same time, my brain is screaming at me that it needs some time just to chill out and not have to think about 5,289 things that are racing through it nearly all minutes of the day. 

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I’ve also come to the realization that it’s OK to say no. One of the biggest challenges I’ve always had in life is telling people no because it makes me feel bad and a lot of the time I really want to do it, even if I know I don’t have the time to dedicate to it (plus… FOMO). I remember talking about this with my Dad when I was growing up and in high school. Someone would ask me to do something and I really wouldn’t want to, so I would ask him what I should say. AKA what excuse should I use? And he would look at me and be like “uh, say no?” 

You don’t need an excuse for not doing something. The fact that you don’t want to is more than enough! And, people should and WILL respect that… especially if they have ever felt overwhelmed by life. If they don’t? Then it’s time to start thinking about whether they should be part of your life. It sounds harsh, but it’s true — and who needs that drama. 

I’ve also been trying to get myself to focus on my priorities and figure out what I want to do with my free time. If I take on something new, what can I drop in return? And of course, where can I cut out that time spent surfing the web and wasting time and do something that I need to either get done or spending time to relax? 

As part of this focus, I’m trying to find ways where I can spend 15 minutes by myself each day. Sometimes this is just relaxing in silence and removing the noise (is it just me, or does this get more enjoyable as you get older?). Other times its finding time to read my book and get lost in another character’s life. And I also count cat naps as part of this quest… because cat naps just automatically help you feel refreshed and recharged (studies prove this!). 

Burnt out is never a good feeling, I feel like at first I look down on myself and feel weak for not having that motivation to push through in the first place. But it’s completely normal and the biggest thing is figuring out how you can conquer it because I feel like when you do that, it helps you become a better person in return. 

 

What helps you relax and recharge when you are feeling stressed/burnt out?

Do you get any “signals” when you are approaching burn out stage? What do you do to prevent it from happening? 

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