Feeling so burned out and don't know how to recover

Posted on: Wed, 08/21/2019 - 3:56pm
MillieM's picture
Joined: 08/08/2019 - 15:25

I have been going non-stop for so long now that I don't remember the last time I had a leisurely life and now I am really feeling the burn. I think that I am beyond burn-out at this stage and I don't know what it is going to take to recover from this. I have adrenal fatigue and overall fatigue that I battle daily on top of my anxiety. And there is no vacation in sight. I have been trying meditation and deep breathing which help with my anxiety and take my stress down several notches. My burn-out is so bad that I am having a hard time focusing on work and my productivity has gone down significantly. I used to be a person who can burn the midnight out all of the time and now I can barely make it until 3pm at which time I hit a big wall. I don't know how to recover when I can't totally slow down and take a vacation any time soon :-(

Posted on: Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:47am
Pixie's picture
Joined: 08/16/2019 - 07:59

I'm so sorry you're feeling this way Millie, I can imagine how frustrating and upsetting it is to be in a burned out state with no idea when you'll have a break. My life is pretty crazy but what I do it carve out time for myself away from everything and everyone, whether it's at home or out and about. I will set-up a little spa for myself in my bedroom where I'll apply a mask, put on peaceful music, open windows and I'll disconnect from the world. Then there are days where I get in my car and take a drive through nature then I'll sit outside somewhere with a tea and take in the scenery. It's what keeps me sane. If I didn't have these little breaks, I would have lost my mind ages ago.

Posted on: Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:19pm
digby's picture
Joined: 08/09/2019 - 15:38

hey millie life will do that to you if you don't stop and slow down. i was there once and i had to take a complete break. i was burning the candle at every end by working way too much, lots of overtime, and then meeting friends right after work. i was barely getting sleep and kept going and going. eventually it all caught up with me and i collapsed. i couldn't get out of bed for a week. even after i was able to get up i was exhausted all of the time. i burned myself out big time. that all taught me to take it a lot more easy. it made me scale way back on everything.

Posted on: Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:29am
JustJules's picture
Joined: 08/09/2019 - 09:13

i've always raced through life and never knew how to slow down, even when i'm at home i can't relax, i always need to be doing something whether it's cleaning or some project. i want to learn to slow down and hopefully one day i can because i don't want to run myself down and i'm afraid that i'm getting close to that because i'm a lot more tired more often than not then i was before.

Posted on: Tue, 08/27/2019 - 3:56pm
wow1's picture
Joined: 07/02/2019 - 14:58

I know that our body and minds need to take a break from time to time or things just build up and get worse. I know that it is easier said than done but I try to get away once in a while, turn off my phone and email and recharge. I realize not everyone can do that. Maybe even try that for a weekend at home

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