How can I recover from burnout and continue to build the highway towards authentic self-worth and self-empowerment?
I have been experiencing symptoms of burnout this last month. My feelings have been of exhaustion, lethargy and disinterest from my daily schedule and it’s’ associated tasks.
My schedule has been affected and my relationships have been affected as well. I’ve been unable to perform to my previous standards at work and have been out of touch from friends. A volunteer project has been delayed as well.
How did I begin to struggle with burnout and why?
I began to struggle with burnout from my feelings around the sudden loss of my former neighbour and classmate. The loss was shocking and the trial around it deeply traumatising to watch. At the same time, our understanding of the course of events surrounding her passing was causing us fear, anguish, confusion, worry, and anxiety as well as sorrow about the course of events that had taken place.
The feelings of anguish, confusion, worry, sorrow, anxiety were affecting my overall mental wellbeing.
This was also affected by the sudden invasion of our neighbouring country by terrorists. It caused feelings of outrage, disgust, embarrassment, hatred, shock, and confusion towards the terrorists, who had stolen the peace of my extended family members several years ago.
These feelings of disgust, outrage, hatred, shock, embarrassment, and confusion affected my wellbeing and caused me to begin feeling utterly hopeless and disinterested in my day to day life.
My wellbeing has also been affected by the ongoing lockdown which hasn’t ended in my country, as there are still individuals who have yet to be fully vaccinated. Instead, these restrictions are in place and we remain restricted to travelling on certain days and times, to certain places. Our general mobility is affected heavily by this lockdown.
I have been feeling burnt out in part, due to the restrictions on my mobility through the nationwide lockdown as well.
These events and this lockdown have been tiring to experience, as these feelings resurface with new developments regarding the passing of my neighbour. Similarly, the ongoing political changes nearby are not immediately being reformed. The lockdown itself is only being applied using the number of unvaccinated as the justification.
The resurfacing nature of these events have been triggering burnout symptoms as the feelings associated to them increase in intensity as a result of the number of times I am exposed to the same kind of stimuli.
How can I continue to build the highway towards authentic self worth and self empowerment whilst recovering from burnout?
These emotions are normal. I have been experiencing these emotions as a result of these events, and not spontaneously. I cannot be critical of myself for reacting to negative events in a negative manner; that is the natural response to negative events.
These emotions I’m feeling are natural responses to negative events, and I can’t be critical of them for existing, as they are normal.
These emotions feel painful as they are negative, but they are feelings, at the end of the day, not anything else. I’m feeling negative emotions, which are causing me to feel burnt out. Nothing else.
These are just painful feelings, nothing else. I am not experiencing anything other than painful feelings due to the stimuli that I am exposed to.
I am also not responsible for the events that are ongoing. These events aren’t within my control. It is a global pandemic that affects every person on this planet. Similarly, an entire country is being affected by a terrorist takeover. A whole family has been devastated by the loss of their child.
I am not alone in my feelings, nor am I the only person to experience negative reactions to these events that are occurring right now. I am also not the one in control of these events.
I feel angry and upset at these events having happened, but these events are in reality, happening to people every day. Such homicides of women are incidents which occur worldwide. Terrorist groups exist in multiple countries and have taken over governments in the past. Global pandemics have occurred in the past two decades with the Bird and Swine flu.
My reaction is more personalised this time around, causing burnout. However, all three of these events have happened before, and occur across this planet from time to time.
In order to recover from burnout, I need to recognise that the reaction I give is highly personalised. This is triggering burnout in reaction to the stimuli that I’m being exposed to. I’m reacting to it as if it is happening directly to me, even though these events, while occurring, aren’t happening to me, right here, right now.
These events aren’t happening to me right here, right now. My personalised reaction is triggering a burnout to the exposed stimuli.
I find that these events are usually the product of news updates, social media posts, conversations with family and friends, thereby exposing me to information that relates to these issues. In order to recover fully from burnout, I will need to silence these channels for a few weeks until full recovery.
In order to recover from burnout, I will need to silence these channels until complete recovery. This includes social media, web-based news, and conversations with family and friends about these events.
I have to recognise that these issues, while affecting me, are not within my sphere of control. So, it is not logical for me to carry forward efforts to try and control these events or the issues surrounding them. I need to let go and allow them to take their regular course.
I need to let go and let these events take their course instead of trying to control them, in order to build the highway towards authentic self worth and self empowerment.