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BURN OUT RECOVERY IS A SLOW RECOVERY

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The past few months have been incredibly difficult and at times overwhelming.

I’ve written about my burnout experience initially in February in my blog post entitled “Honestly I Am Exhausted“. I then disappeared for a little while and I shared the reason for this in “The Truth Behind My Unplanned Break” which ultimately culminated in writing “Maybe Change Is Good“.

I stepped back from doing one of the things I loved – writing. I stepped back thinking that maybe if I adjusted how I did things it would help me feel better. I stepped back thinking that by doing less I’d be doing more. I stepped back thinking that by pausing on the things that weren’t “important” I’d be able to regain myself.

But none of that happened. I just found myself going deeper and deeper in a space that I didn’t want to be in.

Then I realized a harsh truth – not doing the things I loved wouldn’t make my situation any better; I had to stop doing the things that drained me. And I did exactly that.

I took myself out of an extremely toxic situation and environment and upon leaving I felt myself breathe for the first time in months.

It’s quite unfortunate that I had to leave behind something I actually enjoyed and loved but I’m at that point where my peace of mind is worth a lot more than anyone, anything or any place.

I’ve taken the last few weeks very slowly, baby steps almost. I’m slowly rebuilding my routine. I’m slowly getting myself into that mental space to write and engage with others. In doing what I need to do to get myself where I need to be emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually I’ve come to appreciate a fundamental truth: burnout recovery is a slow recovery.

My burnout recovery is not going to happen overnight or in a few days or even weeks. It’s going to take some time. But with my recovery in progress, I am hoping that I will be able to continue doing what I love doing.

THE END

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