Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.
I saw a post on Twitter the other day that read ‘one minute I’m proud of myself and the next minute I feel like I’m not doing enough.’ Lately, I have been feeling like that. Yes, I have been ticking a few things off my 2021 list of goals, but have been feeling a bit of a void.
One minute I’m head over heels and the next I’m just like mmmh what’s next? I don’t know what it is but it is not a pleasant feeling.
Is this imposter syndrome? Wait a minute I have to read more about the topic.
I don’t think we talk enough about burnout. I have experienced more than 2 since the year started and sometimes bouncing back is difficult. One minute I am on top of the world, the next everything is just too much.
I have this thing where I take on too much all at one’s and regret it later. I’m not sure if this is because I don’t have a set schedule for what I need to do or I’m just bored. At first, I thought it was a form of coping mechanism for something way beyond me, but now I’m seeing flames honestly. Between work and business, passion projects, a girl is tired. My tired is tired.
I was listening to a podcast sometime last week and they were discussing how it’s important to master one thing before venturing into other projects that demand your time and effort. How one should do one thing at a time to avoid burnout. My only concern now is how does one point out which one is more important than the other? What if you are like me and you have a passion for a lot of things? Then what? Once I notice results from one project I quickly hop onto the next best thing while the idea is still fresh.
Yes, I do have a game plan in place, but once it fails I put it on hold until I have a better idea of how to improve things. Too often I have burnout while still busy with the project even though the results are amazing. I lose interest in what I am doing and sometimes procrastinate.
I have this one project I have been working on since March 2021 and to this day I have not sent out my research results. Maybe it’s because I don’t give myself deadlines or is it because I have lost interest? I do think about it but having to execute the work is a different story.
Writing down things I need to get done used to work for me. Now I’m just winging it. I can only work for so many hours in a day, working before 12 noon every day. I recently prioritized skipping, reading the Bible, and listening to self-help podcasts in the shower. Although it is still early to tell the results they have given me some light. So far we are learning to prioritize some projects over others.
I just want to know how you guys do it. How are you coping? What keeps you going? I can’t imagine what it’s like juggling work, business, children, and marriage at the same time. Strength to you if you have been feeling how I’ve been feeling lately.
Here’s a link to my previous blog post in case you missed it :https://africansoulgoddess.co.za/blog/2021/06/16/natural-hair-addition-is-investigating-in-a-satin-bonnet-really-worth-it/