Last week I hit the wall.
I was burning the candle at both ends for far too long and I reached a point where I felt completely and utterly exhausted.
I was shattered to the point that for a couple of days I found it near impossible to even crack a smile. I was so over everything that I shut down. I was running on auto pilot and I just had no feeling. I was numb.
It was nothing in particular that got me to this point, rather it was a combination of everything.
I knew I was feeling under the pump, but I wasn’t watching closely enough for the signs and before you knew it I hit rock bottom. I had completely burnt myself out and in the words of Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I had the mean reds.
I like to consider myself a positive person. I am happy and friendly and love to make people smile. Being down is not me and I wanted to kick this crap feeling to the curb.
While I didn’t slip on a little black dress, a string of pearls and eat a pastry outside of Tiffany’s, I did find a few things that worked just as well to bring me back to me.
Today, I’m sharing with you five ways to bring your sparkle back when you’re burnt out.
Dance it out
Blast your favourite tunes and go crazy. Dance your pants off like your 20 year old self gettin jiggy in da club to the Backstreet Boys. Oh, and I’m making a mix tape for you by the way! It will have some of my favourite tunes I listen to when I need a bit of a lift. You’re going to want to wrap your ears around that, so watch out for it coming soon.
I would not even be able to get through my day lately if it wasn’t for Jimmy Fallon. I absolutely love everything about this funny guy. Dave and I usually meet for dinner in front of the TV after a busy day and laugh at the pure silliness that is Jimmy. If you aren’t a Jimmy fan, can I ask you why the hell not? Okay, I won’t hold it against you if he’s not your thing, but grab hold of whatever tickles you and get your laugh on.
When I’m feeling low, I go searching for inspirational quotes. The Facebook page Daily positive quotes is one of my favourites. I also search on the #inspiration. You could watch an uplifting movie or TEDx video, chat to a friend who inspires you, or take a walk outside and let nature inspire you. Open your eyes to the simple things surrounding you and the beauty that lies within them.
Embrace your inner child
There is something magical about bubbles. I feel so peaceful when I sit outside in the fresh air blowing bubbles and singing a little song about bubbles while the kids run around me attempting to pop them. If you don’t have kids, buy yourself some bubbles anyway and let them work their magic on you … or you could just buy a bottle of the real bubbles and relax that way. Whatevs. The other thing I absolutely love doing with the kids is colouring in. I don’t know what it is about it, but colouring in Dora and Boots just brings me so much calm right now.
Treat yourself. Hit the shops and buy yourself a new top or two or better still a new pair of shoes. Shopping is a guaranteed high my friends, guaranteed.
I should say that after realising I had burnt myself out, I chatted to Dave about how I was feeling, thought about why and how I got to this point and worked out some strategies I can implement to avoid me feeling like this again. I have also been taking time out just for me daily.
What would you add to the list? How have you overcome burn out before?
Linking up today with EssentiallyJess for IBOT.