Unfortunately, it often takes pushing ourselves to extremes before we realise how overworked we are. There have been a few times over the past 12 months where I haven’t been able to schedule time for myself. And, after a while, I found that I wasn’t dealing with stress very well.
With my job, it’s really important that I’m present, both with my community and myself. As soon as I start to notice that I’m losing that feeling of me-ness, I know I need to act quickly.
Acknowledging those signs is the first step in overcoming burnout. You know you’re not taking enough time out for yourself when you can no longer cope with everyday situations. Maybe you’re not meeting the same deadlines you used to, or you’re less tolerant around colleagues and loved ones.
When you feel overwhelmed, you tend to be super unproductive because you’re not focusing on one task. Your mind is buzzing between multiple things, and you feel like you’re never going to get anything done.