Recovering from burnout can be though. That’s why I wanted to share with you some of my tips that will hopefully help you during you’re recovery. At the time I felt like I was the only one with these feelings. But when I began to open up about it, I found out that quite some people I know also struggle with burnout feelings. In March this year I found out I was very close to having a burnout. Due to past life struggles and not being able to process it all life took a toll on me. I’ve been depressed 3 years ago, and I have really struggled to find out what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve also been in a weird controlling relationship from which I’ve developed anxiety attacks. I tell you this not so you can feel sorry for me, but because burnout doesn’t always comes from stress. Of course these things gave me a lot of stress, but it wasn’t something I would think could cause a burnout. It’s common to be developed from school or work stress.
Luckily I’m in a much better place right now. I would even go as far as saying I’ve never been happier. So because I have been seeing others struggle with this too, I wanted to share some tips that may help you in you’re recovery proces from burnout.
Allow yourself to rest and slow down
I’m sure you’re doctor has already told you this. But resting is so important. But you’re very likely struggling with this. This is because you’ve been in survival mode for a long time. And now that you’re reserve batterie is empty, you’re body and mind have to learn how to slow down. So my tip for resting is, have patience and compassion with yourself. Because you’re kind of reprogramming you’re brain. And that can take a while. I personally felt really guilty and weird for not doing things. Because I had the privilege of staying home for a few moths. I felt so worried people would think I was over reacting and I should be working or something. But I literally couldn’t do anything that would cause even the slightest bit of stress. So be kind to yourself and be proud for resting. No, maybe not everyone will understand where you’re going trough, but you have to learn to listen to your body. That’s the most important, what does it need from you?
It may take a while until you recover. I know it sucks. But I have found there are some positive things about this! Because, while you can’t do a lot, you’re also filtering out all the crap you didn’t like in the first place. Because you just can’t take it. This way you’re making you’re life a lot easier. Because you just have to say no to certain things. And that makes life a lot easier because you are likely only able to do the fun and relaxing stuff! During the beginning of recovering I read the book The Life-Changing magic of not giving a f**k writen by Sarah Knight. Just gonna put it out there, it is amazing. I’m telling you, I am feeling a lot more free and confident after reading this. And I also feel a lot less guilt about the small stuff. And it also makes you’re life a lot more fun when you give a lot less f*cks 🙂
Find you’re creative outlet
The paintings which I sell here on my website are made during my recovery. I had only painted a big canvas once before. But because I needed to express myself trough something, and I tried to find something that would give me energie instead of drown me, I made another one. I found it very relaxing and a lot of fun and so I made another. And another. It’s something I am planning to do forever now. Because I just love it so much. Expressing yourself is so helpful, especially when you’re head feels like a tornado of thoughts and feelings, and even when you feel numb. I also do a lot of writing. I love how it gives me perspective and helps me reorganize my thoughts. So I would say, find a way you can express you’re thoughts and feelings or clear your mind.
I’ve done a lot of healing in my life and I love personal development. But I felt the need to deepen my spiritual practice. So I also pickt up the book, The Universe Has Your Back written by Gabby Bernstein. She talks a lot about a course in miricals. Which I always wanted to know more about. It is a beautiful book and if you feel like you could use more trust and faith in your future and you want to deepen your faith in general. I highly recommend reading Gabby’s books. I loved it so much I also bought the cards which quote important lessons in the book. They help me remember that everything is okey and that i’m taking care of. I experience so much more joy and love in my life because of this.
I don’t know about you but I certainly believe that things happen for a reason. And my almost burnout has already given me so many great lessons. And although I’ve definitely hit rockbottom, I’m now almost out of it and feeling so much stronger and happier than ever before. And I hope you’ll feel the same way too, soon.
I would love to know you’re story if you’re experiencing a burnout (or almost). Know you are not alone, and that you’ve burned out only means you were on fire for something before. You’re like a phoenix (something some recently told me and has stuck with me ever since, so beautiful. Thanks Lou!). But you deserve the best in life so slow down and be kind to yourself. I wish you joyful resting, aha moments and love.