Burnout is when you stretch yourself so far that you are exhausted, hate everything, and suffer from the dreaded fuzzy brain.
It can happen incredibly quickly, and is your mind asking for a time out. If you know what is good for you, listen to that warning.
Burnout isn’t good for you, for anyone you’re trying to help, and no one will thank you for it. Chances are, if you let yourself get burnout and don’t pause for thought, people will keep asking more of you, and will take up all your energy and headspace before you know what’s happened.
Things it is important to remember regarding burnout:
- There is no shame in taking a step back. We seem to live in a world where taking time out for the sake of our mental health is seen as a sign of shame, but this is bullshit. Stepping back is one of the best things you can do.
- Take some time for self care. As the Audre Lorde quote in that article states, self care in itself is a revolutionary act.
- When you’ve recovered a little, and are able, reassess your priorities. Something caused you to burn out, and you should see if you can pinpoint what, then decide if it really is so important that you wear yourself out on it.
- Make a plan. It might be to have one day a week off social media, to no longer engage with a certain subject, or to stay away with certain people. Again, there is no shame in looking after yourself.
Be good to yourself, because in this world, not a lot of people will do it for you.