Quote of the Week
I had a rough March. In the midst of planning, researching and writing articles on burnout, my husband was hit by the flu, and then two days later I contracted a respiratory infection. I was out of work for almost a week, sleeping for most of that time.
The irony of this has not been lost on me.
I’ve been through burnout several times in my life, and I know I have to be vigilant. My body, on the other hand, apparently doesn’t trust me in this regard, and during times of stress I have a tendency to pick up nasty bugs. Then I am forced to slow down.
This has been a struggle for the past decade or so. I keep pushing myself, putting myself under a great deal of stress, and then come to a full stop.
The sad part is that even though I know this, I still do it. I still push myself and end up flirting with exhaustion.
So after this bout of coughing has passed, I need to concern myself with several things:
- Getting enough sleep. My FOMO kicks in around bedtime, and in spite of several alarms telling me to go to sleep I still linger. I am looking at solutions on how to break this.
- Exercising every day. I won’t be running marathons any time this century, but being outside helps my stress level. Even if it’s raining.
- Fewer chemicals. I am working on weeding chemicals out of my diet and environment, but I have to confess: I like soda. And crackers. And processed food. But the truth is, when I eat better, I feel less like I’m going to be snowballed.
Because after all, if you’re not going to take care of yourself, who will?
That’s about it for this week’s edition. We’ll see what next week brings. Until then, be productive, be peaceful, and keep your balance.