We're talking about two types of burnout today. The first being my obsession with Devoré tops for working out. Burnout tops were all the rage in 2011, but I haven't given up my love on them yet. As an avid rock climber and a yoga dabbler, the most important thing for me when shopping tops and tees is finding pieces that can easily be layered. Burnout tees and crewnecks work perfectly for me because until I've fully warmed up, it can be a little chilly up top. And those are the moments I prefer a little extra coverage, if you know what I'm hinting at.
The second kind of burnout is a kind of stress that we all hit at one point (or many points) in our lives. Whether it's taking on more than you can handle, being tired of the "same-old, same-old," or just going too hard too soon, it can happen to the best of us. Since I'm not a therapist or psychologist of any kind, I'm in no position to diagnose or explain symptoms. I can direct you to some good articles from the internet such as these by 99u and Psychiatric Times. And if we were sharing stories over coffee, I'd say to you as a friend:
"Slow down and take things at your own pace."
Sure time flies and there's so much to do in so little time. But as someone who works a nine-to-five at a tech corporation, I know that slowing down doesn't change the bigger picture or goals. Taking a few extra hours to do things at a comfortable pace can do wonders for overall self and team morale.
"Have you considered taking a break?"
Maybe you should take a moment to stop constantly thinking about work and all the things you need to get done. Or maybe you need a couple weeks off from blogging to start fresh with a different perspective. Whatever your reason is, take a break and don't apologize for it. And when you come back from your break, don't hit the accelerator like you're behind... slow down and take things at your own pace.
"Try something new and different."
You don't need to go out of your comfort zone for this one. It can be as simple as changing your daily scenery. If you spend all day sitting in front of a computer, try and go out for some fresh air. Do something that will help shake things up from the norm. Sometimes trying something new can help you think outside the box, reduce writer's block, and allow you to generate new concepts and ideas.
Have you ever been through burnout? How did you cope with it or bounce back from it? Do you have any secret tips and tricks to keep esteem and motivation high? Sound out in the comments below.
What I'm Wearing
SOLOW Burnout Thermal Crewneck (2012, discontinued)
SOLOW Eclon Workout Tank w/ Contrast Piecing (2013, discontinued)
SOLOW stirrup leggings (2012, discontinued)
Thrifted, Shashi chain necklace
Toms Natural Burlap Youth Biminis