For me, burnout looked like exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed, resentment toward my children and a lack of clarity about how to overcome it.
I found there are five stages of overcoming burnout:
You feel overwhelmed and burned out but you don’t even realize it because you’re just trying to survive.
You realize you are burned out but can’t imagine doing anything about it because you are already maxed out.
You’ve had enough and are desperate to find something that will help but you don’t know where to turn.
You attempt to do something to overcome the burnout.
Through trial and error and by taking small steps, you find something that helps and you hold on for dear life.
I recognize that these stages don't answer how to overcome burnout. My main purpose for posting these five stages is to acknowledge that just because you realize that you are burned out, that doesn't mean you suddenly won't feel burned out anymore.
For me, it took time to figure out how to overcome burnout and I was surprised to find that I wasn't sure what I needed to feel re-energized and refreshed. I wanted everything to be perfectly resolved immediately but I had to patiently take small steps to heal from the burnout.
Acknowledging that you're burned out is a huge step. Be patient with yourself as you overcome the burnout. It's a process and I plan to post more about how to overcome it in future posts.
Until then, check out my podcast interview with Amber O'Hearn, host of the podcast Diapers and Disciples to hear more about what I found to be helpful during a particularly stressful time after the birth of our third son.
We are in this together and I am so thankful you are here!
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