With the launch of The Self Love Strategy, I’ve been working nonstop. Between blog posts, pages, the Instagram challenge, it feels like all I’ve been doing is writing, working, and creating.
Launches are intense times of hustle and it’s so easy to get burnt out. A couple weeks ago, I had to ban myself from any screen time because my eyes hurt so much to even glance at a screen of any kind. To my slight misfortune, my professor decided to use two 60+ inch monitors to show all of our lecture slides. I’ve never been so hurt by investments in my education in my life…Oh, it burnnnned.
But it wasn’t just my eyes that were getting burnt out. My mind was definitely turning to sludge as well. Between taking two proof intense math classes, hustling away to create this (life changing) course, and working a couple days at dear ol’ Sbux, I was a complete vegetable mentally. My brain felt like it was melting out of my ears and I seriously couldn’t stand even the thought of producing anything. I’m sure you’ve felt the same at one time or another!
Alas, my classes continued and the launch still needed to get done. So, I needed a way to recharge quickly and efficiently. For the longest time, I thought that sitting in front of the TV Netlfix-ing the day away was the best way to recharge. While there’s certainly a time and place for that, binge-watching Supernatural was not getting me anywhere in terms of feeling energized (well, to do anything but salt everything). Fortunately, after a bit of self reflection (and thanks to a dose of self awareness), I figured out my process to recharge efficiently and effectively. And thankfully, it worked! Otherwise I probably wouldn’t even have the mental capacity to write this post, let alone look at the computer without my eyes burning right through.
If this is your first time to Be Simply It, welcome! I’ve got tons of strategy for loving yourself and living your best life (much thanks to The Self Love Strategy). So, here’s my tips for how to recharge from burnout, even if you feel like a useless vegetable (100% me this weekend).
Tip 1: Understand Your Situation
Ok, this may seem pretty obvious. But you won’t be able to recharge if don’t know what the problem is. In my case, it was pretty easy to identify that my classes and blog were the culprits of my burnout. Once you identify the stressor, you can better tackle how to de-stress by taking a break from them.
The second part of understanding your situation is knowing your time frame. How much time do you have to get back up on the horse? If you have the opportunity to take vacation time, that’s perfect. But, everything must continue, you’ll have to find pockets of time to carve out even in your normal schedule.
Last week, I kept trying to take a day or afternoon off from schoolwork and the blog. I tried to limit my screen time but eventually I’d end up working on something. And when my initial attempt failed (because I’m a workaholic and I was making Pinterest templates when I was supposed to be relaxing), I needed tip 2.
Tip 2: Know Yourself
With a good dose of self awareness, you should have the keys for the most efficient ways to recharge yourself. Sure, I need some Netflix time now and again. But as an extrovert and huge people person, social time recharges me 10x faster than being alone. Plus, I couldn’t trust myself to not hop on the computer and work when I was by myself. So I had to call up a few friends to hang out and keep me away from work and homework.
If you’re an introvert who’s exhausted from work and/or family obligations, take some time to stay at home and be alone after work if you’ve got an empty house. Or maybe you need a mini-night off to catch a movie before you go home, take yourself out to dinner, or just sit in your car and listen to music. Or better yet, get everyone else have the night out so you can have the night in.
Maybe you love being active and mobile so a good walk outside or wandering through the mall will do it for you. Or perhaps you prefer to sit and stay sedentary and a movie theater is the way to go. Whatever you do, the most important part is that it works for you. And you have to know yourself to know your recharging needs.
Tip 3: Make the Time, Make it Happen
You’re not going to recharge if you don’t do anything about it. You can wish and hope all you want, but without action and intention on your part, nothing’s going to get done or change.
One of the biggest stressors we have throughout life is time. You might not feel like you have the time to take a break and recharge.
No one just “finds” extra time in their day. It doesn’t come bursting through the door saying “I’m here and all yours! Have your way with me!” Oh free time, you’re such a tease. That would be a dream. We have to consciously make the time if we want to use it. And it doesn’t matter how much you make. It could be just 10-15 minutes every Monday. But the most important part is that you commit to it if you want to get anything out of it. With enough creativity and ingenuity, I know that you can find at least a few pockets here and there throughout the week.
Tip 4: Be Mindful and Stop Multitasking
On top of making the time, you have to use it wisely. Don’t just half-ass tasks during time that you’re supposed to be recharging (ahem, my worst habit). While this might feel productive, it’s actually doing more harm than good. Because you’re not actually getting the restorative rest that you need.
I find having an affirmation helps me focus because I have a specific mental goal for that time. For example, my affirmation for my self date last week actually was “recharge.” And during that time, I focused on only doing things that recharged me and that I enjoyed. I turned off my computer, turned off my phone, and approached every activity as mindfully and wholesomely as I could.
And heck, these tips worked for me! I feel infinitely better mentally and my eyes don’t feel like melting from my face (you’re welcome for that imagery). If you put the right strategy in place, I absolutely believe you can accomplish any change you set your mind to. Because self love and living well isn’t just about ideals. It’s about action!
And if you’re looking to take your self love journey to a whole new (action based) level, be sure to check out The Self Love Strategy and the FREE mini course The Self Love Strategy Mindset Masterpack.
Best of luck with your recharge this week, beautiful! Time to unplug your phone and plug YOU in. Because you are worth every minute of it!