Burnout is real, you guys! If you haven’t experienced it, then consider yourself lucky. If you’re anything like me, however, you’re more prone to it for a few different reasons. I’ve learned during my experience with dealing with burnout that it is completely okay to take a break from things that are not currently giving you joy… literally for the sake of your mental health!
How do you know when you’re experiencing burnout?
Typically burnout is caused by prolonged periods of stress. It is often related to one’s job, but I think that it is possible to experience it in other areas of life. When you’re experiencing burnout, you typically have feelings of dread, depression, exhaustion, and maybe even irritability. The things you enjoyed aren’t as exciting anymore. You’re just exhausted. For me personally, burnout feels a lot like depression.
If you’re looking for a sign to take a break for the sake of your mental health… this is it!
There is NOTHING wrong with taking a break for your mental health.
Of course this doesn’t mean just abandoning all responsibilities for weeks and weeks. We are adults, we can’t do that. Give yourself permission to be a little lazy, though. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to do certain tasks and treat yourself kinder.
I typically look for the tasks that I begin to dread and find a way to either make them easier or I take a break from them if possible.
For example, if your task is making dinner, perhaps try a meal prep service for a little bit or even a meal delivery service like Hello Fresh that delivers everything you need and has simple recipes for you!
If you’re starting to view going to the gym as more of a chore and less like your “me time,” then take a short break from going to the gym. I promise you won’t lose progress and your body might even need that rest!
Another thing I actively do both to prevent burnout and when I am feeling burnt out is set up boundaries. For example, I feel burnt out when I have too much social interaction so I often put my phone on Do Not Disturb mode, especially when I am feeling overwhelmed. I stop replying to messages at a certain time at night to allow myself to relax before bed.
Saying no is a boundary, too. I know it is difficult to say no to things people want you to do but sometimes it is completely necessary!
My experience with burnout lately.
This post isn’t actually something I randomly thought up. The truth is that I have been experiencing burnout. That’s why I’ve been so quiet on my blog, social media, and podcast. I took a break and I am not ashamed of it!
Now I’m coming back, but I’m not putting an immense amount of pressure on myself to crank all these posts and podcast episodes out.
As long as I am showing up to my job at OrangeTheory and showing up for my clients, I am really only writing and recording when I truly feel inspired to do so.
During my break, I’ve been reading a lot, watching a new TV show, and exercising. I’m definitely feeling better!
I want you to know that it is okay to take a step back and put your mental health first. You cannot pour from an empty glass, my friend. Take care of yourself and then you’ll be more inspired.
I wear a lot of hats: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. A writer with a B.A. in English and Professional Writing. A fur mom and a wife. A mental health advocate and a septic shock survivor. An Airman and an athlete. I live in South Florida and am in love with the ocean. People can typically find me either in the gym or at home, writing or reading.