Ever wonder if you're just plain exhausted or is it more than that? Do you face difficulties in finding the motivation to work despite loving your work a lot? My childhood best friend is burnt out for about half a year now, and that has got me to think about this subject in depth.
There's a very thin line between being bone-tired and being perpetually burnt out. The difficulty lies in, once you let your body adapt to burning out, you start believing that's your limit and it's difficult to bounce back to a balanced lifestyle. I wish people could distinguish between being extremely hard working and being burnt out.
But how do you know whether or not are you burnt out? And an even more important question, how do you bounce back from it?
1. YOUR EXHAUSTION IS TAKING OVER YOUR PASSION
Some days we are highly motivated, while on the other days we are not. And that's okay because that's REALITY! But what about the times when you've slipped into a place of sustained motivation loss and numbness? Then, my friend, you've something to worry about! Your passion has gone down like a fat kid on a see-saw and you don't know how to rise again.
2. HIGHS AND LOWS? YOU NO MORE RECOGNIZE THOSE EMOTIONS
Like I mentioned earlier, you're not only demotivated but also numb. You don't feel most emotions anymore because you're not healthy! If someone has found their soulmate and is getting married to them, you don't feel their joy. Not because you are emotionally capable of, but you just can't. At least not till the degree you naturally should be.
If you've been hurt by something deeply or fallen on your face, you're not as sad. Why? Because burnout numbs your senses and you no more know the damn difference between black and white, you're somewhere in the grey.
3. YOUR ANGER IN NOT ALIGNED WITH YOUR SITUATION
Little things have the power to break you down. Remember when you were a child and tiny things could get to you? That's exactly how emotionally devolved are you right now. Something might be a 5/10 on a problem scale but your reaction is a 15!
Reacting to small things as if the Earth has shattered, is a clear sign of you need healing. If you're someone who is burnt out, you have identified it by now. So let's move towards fixing the bit of it.
To begin with, no more procrastination. No more saying "I will take care of myself once this is done", "I am waiting for this month to pass, and then I shall make big changes, "I just made a big change and it's exhausting, so I can't make yet another one now".
Maybe the change you made didn't work out for you the way it should have and the sooner you change from that change, the better it is? Ever thought about that? Wake up one day, keep everything aside and decide to not live that life anymore.
Do whatever it takes to get out this deep dark hole, and embark on a new journey that's healthier and happier!
4 WAYS TO BOUNCE BACK FROM BEING BURNOUT!
It's a tried and testing age-old method that can never dissatisfy anyone if you do it right. How do you know whether or not you are doing it right? It's simple. If it brings you peace and contentment, you're doing it exactly how you're supposed to.
Even superheroes need to talk about how they're feeling and you're only human. The more you communicate about your problems, the higher the chances are you will self-therapize and find a solution to your problems. And that's exactly how you're supposed to go about it.
Your devices, from your routine, from the people who drain your energies, and from your habit of overworking yourself, just disconnect and watch your energies restore.
Never are we in a place where we have nothing to be thankful about. Thank God for that! Let's be honest, it can always be a lot worse than what it is right now. There's always a silver lining to every dark cloud and that's all it takes sometimes.
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