It’s that feeling of heaviness. Dread for the next day or going to work. Resentment. Exhaustion. Lack of desire to do anything. Making more mistakes than normal. You’re like a campfire down to only small embers on big logs.
I don’t like to admit it, but I’m burnt out. Being an unintentional stay at home mom has been a wonderful experience, surprisingly. I have loved these extra months at home with BabyJ, but they’re far more draining than I expected. I’ve felt work burnout. I’ve felt hobby burnout. Now I know a whole new level of burnout: mom burnout.
I am a stay-at-home mom, a pumper, an editor, a grad student, and (soon-to-be) back at work full time. Sure, I’m burnt out, at least a little bit. I try to change my scenery when I feel myself going down the burnout path, adding in small bits of exercise here or there, reaching out to family and friends for a pick-me-up, or picking up a book to bring me out of my funk.
The biggest thing I had to learn was… if I’m not at my best, I can’t provide my best. Heck, I can fake it til I make it, but it’s hard to fake being alert and aware. It’s hard to stay awake when my eyelids feel like they’re made of concrete. And it’s hard to be patient with myself when I’m running on empty. I found a great image online with AMAZING ideas to help work through burnout and take some time for you. Whatever reason for burnout, it’s important to take care of yourself.
Tell me your burnout stories! Did you ever make a mistake during a period of exhaustion? Have you had job burnout? Share your stories below and help inspire someone who may be in the same position.
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