I know, I know, everyone says burnout is bad. It is. I mean, working yourself into just about a coma, you know, there are probably better ways to or live your life. There are many amazingly simple and easy ways to avoid burnout, but, honestly, if you’re in a burnout cycle, at least for the first few passes, how likely are you to actually follow those suggestions?
This could just be my own personality speaking here, but… I’m pretty sure that if those people likely to be affected with burnout were the kind of people who a) noticed that we were on the path to burnout, b) took simple instructions, or c) weren’t so driven that we actually needed some kind of shutdown for our own health, we would have followed those suggestions before burnout became a reality, instead of a potential future outcome.
Burnout really does have a few benefits though, and no, I promise, I’m not crazy for saying so. Think about it.
Your brain has basically shut down. Creativity has flown the coop. What does that leave you? The purest, cleanest outlook you’ve probably had in a while. Cause and effect, simple. Your attention span is still at about the 10 second mark, so complicated, overly involved thought processes, gone. You may not be making the most sense you’ve ever made in your life, but hey, you’re speaking from a very uncomplicated, pure place, where your wants and needs are probably right out in the forefront. You actually get the chance to look at yourself and your life, because looking at other things is so tiring.
I’m not going to lie. The decisions you make during burnout may not be the best decisions ever. You’ll look at relationships, work load, work/life balance, almost every aspect of your life, from the most basic “Why am I doing that again” viewpoint. Burnout is probably the most basic cause of the ever popular “midlife crisis,” only now we get to experience that phenomenon as often as we drive ourselves past the breaking point.
Burnout forces you to stop hurtling ever into the void, take a minute, and look at your life. So use it. Check out the lay of the land. If you don’t like it, change it. If it actually looks all right, good for you. Check out those burnout prevention tips and do your best to follow them. I’m sure it will be difficult, because you wouldn’t have gotten to burnout if you had a more mellow personality. Give it a whirl anyway. If you end up back here again, well, that happens too. No harm, no foul, better luck next time, and make sure my seat is open.
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Hi, I’m Cristin. I have a tendency to look at most things from a weird angle and I love to solve problems. Wanna talk about pets, life, communicating, or anything in between, I’m probably your gal. Connect with me on Twitter.