Today I left my house and got to work while it was still dark and almost my entire commute home was also in the dark. The rainy season has started here in Raincouver and my dry days are going to be few and far between. My husband and I seem to be on perpetually different schedules, with days off never aligning and only a few precious hours in the evenings when we are both at home.
All these things are adding to the fact that I am currently feeling burnt out. There never seems to be enough hours in the day for me to work, clean, tell my husband about my day, make myself look presentable, sleep, and maybe do something for me. Maybe a bit of it is not being super great at my time management at the moment, but this past month or so it has really started to hit me.
Different areas in my life have started to suffer as I am finding myself not finding the same time to work out that I did just a few months ago every day and I seem to wake up tired and like I didn’t get much sleep (despite the fact I am in bed by 9:30 most nights). My Monday to Friday sometimes feels like I am just getting by and if my weekends are booked, there isn’t that time I need to recharge.
Now why I am writing about this? Part of it is to reassure you that everyone goes through seasons of feeling like you need at least 6 more hours in every day in order to make a little bit of progress on your to do list (don’t even get me started on how abandoned my planner is feeling). Part of it is also for me, to know that it is okay and that the world isn’t going to end if there is dishes in the sink at the end of the day or if I miss my workout once, or twice, or more times than I would like to admit.
It is okay to feel burnt out sometimes, and it is okay to not feel like your entire life is put together. It is okay to take an evening off and watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race, take a bath, and eat ice cream, because if you need to do these things to help you feel less burnt out you deserve it.
Both me and you won’t stop feeling burnt out by pushing even harder and by feeling worse.
Here are some of my tips for when you are feeling burnt out:
- See if there is something in your life you can drop
- Try and get one important thing done each day
- Go to bed early and get lots of sleep
- Surround yourself with people who you love and help make you laugh
- Take time to unplug and get away from technology
- Make a to-do list, but don’t feel like it needs to be completely finished every day
Now these are the things that I am going to try and implement in my life. What do you do when you are starting to feel burnt out?