Yep its Inevitable, burnout is real, and after two months back to back travelling with work I can feel my body yelling at me to slow down a little. My problem is I love what I do, and because of my freelance life style, the temptation is to keep going when things are great, and ignore my bodies signals for some much needed TLC. Writing this post has been a great way to check in with myself and take a bit of my own advise. It’s been a great year, filled with new opportunities and I feel incredibly thankful but as things start slowly winding down in time for the holidays, I’m reminded to check in and take stock. So todays post is as much for me as it is for you, a few friendly reminders, hints and tips to survive burnout!
STOP! BREATH! SLEEP!
First things first, breath! Before even contemplating getting my shit together, the first thing I need is to sit still, get some sleep and watch Netflix. Not very scientific granted, but before I can get on with the next steps I have to give my body some time to veg out a little without the thought of a call time and making sure I hide my kit out of sight for a day or two.
CONNECT WITH YOUR PEOPLE
After a day of doing nothing, I’m ready for the thing I miss the most when I travel, family! Me and Dave and our NEW PUPPY (more on this soon) spent some quality time together. Whenever you’ve been away or work/life is moving at a million miles an hour, make time for your friends and family, go for a coffee date, take a walk with a friend and connect with your people. Feeling connected to something other than work is the first part of feeling restored and back to yourself.
DO SOMETHING FUN THAT MAKES YOU BUZZ
Once I’m reconnected to the people I love most, I find myself getting itchy feet for something, and its easy to mistake that for more work but for me this is when I know I need to be creative again in a way that fulfils me. This is when having or finding a hobby is really important, hobbies aren’t just for kids! Having a hobby makes going back to work feel fun again for me, and photography is where I get that buzz. I love nothing more than going somewhere new with Dave and our cameras and just snapping away. Find something that makes you buzz outside of your work and do it!
GET THOSE ENDORPHINS GOING
The hardest thing for me about travelling is taking good care of my physical self. Yes I’m sure I could pack a Nutri bullet every time I went away somewhere, but honestly I prefer not to stress about it. I enjoy eating new foods when I travel and not worrying much about getting in my usual exercise routine. That being said, I do find after a while of not exercising my body needs those endorphins again, and that might only be a twenty minute jog, or some pilates in my garden. Exercise for me is never about punishment, it is a loving act towards my body that really de stresses my mind more than anything else.
If you are suffering with burnout, don’t be afraid to tell someone, start saying ‘No’ to things you don’t need to do right now. Choosing to prioritise you’re own needs isn’t selfish, its vital. My mental health and physical health are very interlinked, one doesn’t work without the other. Its very easy for me to feel guilty about feeling burnout, especially because my job can sound like Childs play at times, and while I appreciate I’m not saving lives, I take pride in my work and I know to keep doing it well I have to look after myself. Ultimately prevention is better than a cure, but hey it happens, we’re human. So give yourself a break, try the above and mark a little self care Sunday in your diary asap!
Photos By Kayla Varley
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