WAKE UP WEDNESDAY Fighting Burnout

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Vince Lombardi


#WakeUpWednesday? More like #WornOutWednesday for me this week. You all know the feeling. You’re SO CLOSE to finishing a work assignment or achieving a goal, and you can’t muster the energy to do it. No matter what day it is, you can’t wait for Friday. You’re totally exhausted. You’ve lost interest. You can’t see past your anxiety over your ever-growing to-do list. All you can think about is how tired you are, how few hours there are in the day, how you’ll never get to everything you have to get to, and how you’d rather be home snuggling your kids. You’re questioning your life choices. You’re calling yourself a slacker.

That’s burnout. And, unfortunately, working parents are way too familiar with it.

So, what are some things we can do for the rest of the week to fight it? How can we have a better end to our week? I’m committing to the following:

  1. Get More Sleep. I’ve been neglecting sleep this week, for sure. I’ll come home from work, have dinner, and then go back to work once the kids are in bed and work until 11pm or midnight. I’ll toss and turn all night and then wake up at 5am to start it all over again. For me, getting enough sleep takes a conscious effort (I’ve always been a light/terrible sleeper). I am making a commitment this Thursday and Friday to stay in bed until 6am and to quit working at a more reasonable hour. Also, I’m going to try to spend less time worrying that I’m not doing a good enough job. Then, I’ll likely get to more things that I need to and be able to end my day earlier.
  2. Slow Down. I had this idea when I started practicing that I would graduate law school and basically enter into my first year of practice with the knowledge of a partner. I’ve never really been one of those people who are comfortable with a “learning curve.” I’ve actually always been envious of those people that enjoy the learning curve and growing process. I just want to be there, and I want to be there now. This is where a lot of my work anxiety comes from, and it’s a great way to live if you want to burn yourself out! I’m going to stop to quiet my mind and breathe for two minutes when I’m feeling stressed. I’m going to blast my uplifting Spotify playlist when I feel frazzled. I’m going to look at my deadlines and see whether they’re realistic. I’ll likely be able to keep myself out of that anxious/burned-out headspace by slowing down.
  3. Try To Power Through It. For what it’s worth, I can recognize that my feeling “burned out” can also be an illusion because of what I mentioned in #2 above. Everyone knows that I’m working hard and growing. I am the one with unrealistic expectations of myself. In those instances where I’m feeling burned out because I’m uncomfortable with my growth and progress, I’m going to refuse to use it as an excuse and work through it. That being said, I know myself well enough to know when it’s time to slow down and time to push through. Pushing through is not going to be the right thing to do every time and in every situation. You need to be in tune with yourself and know what you need mentally and physically to defeat the roadblocks you face.

So, here’s to a better Thursday and Friday for all of us. May we all get the relaxation, sleep, and peace that we need heading into the weekend!

Are you feeling burned out this week? What’s making you feel that way? What commitments are you going to make to fight your burn out?

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