I haven’t written a blog post for a little while now. I could say that life has been busy and while that’s true in part, I just haven’t had the words.
Words to write, words to inspire or words to share.
I’ve been trying to think of a topic to write about but nothing has inspired me to sit down, type and hit the publish button. Is it writer’s block? Perhaps or maybe it’s just a lack of creativity flowing through me.
Usually, when I don’t feel creative, there’s a reason behind it. More often than not, it’s due to feeling exhausted either mentally, emotionally or physically (or if I’m really lucky, a mix of all three).
I’ve experienced burnout before and lived in that state for a while before I understood what was happening. For the last two months of 2020, I was getting to the point of being burn out again. The difference was that I had some strategies in place to help me get through the situation.
While we can’t always change the situation we are in, we can focus on what we can control – our reaction. I tried to get fresh air by going on a walk during my lunch break, breathing deeply and practicing gratitude each day.
I sung my heart out to country songs (yes, I love a good country song), went for walks, talked about my day with my partner, Jesse (who graciously listened) and made sure I practiced some form of self care each day.
Practicing self care helps me. Whether it’s a bath, getting some sunshine, working on a craft project, cuddling with my dog or lying in Jesse’s arms while we watch some TV, it reminds me that there’s more to life. While feeling the pressures of trying to do two-three jobs simultaneously while being understaffed left me feeling frazzled, I knew that when I went home, it was time to do something for me.
My burnout experiences have been a result of work. So for me, when I’m super stressed out at/from work, I know I need to focus more on what I do outside of work.
So, that’s why I took a break from writing. To focus on myself and what I needed was to de stress. I didn’t feel like writing motivational pieces or posting during this time because the words wouldn’t have been from a genuine place.
If you are able to take something away from this post, please let it be that if you are feeling stressed, exhausted or simply, burnt out that you acknowledge it and take a step back. Focus on yourself and what makes your soul shine. Make yourself a priority and focus on feeling better.