These past 2 weeks have been challenging for me. I don’t know if it was the blue moon, the weather, managing the house or work. I had several restless nights in a row, even Sky and Tony were feeling the same. But I felt it really bad at one point when I just crashed in bed for a nap right after work.
I knew work was not that toxic. I was working 5-8 hours a day and I didn’t have any physically taxing patient’s… However, I was seeing 3-4 patient’s that all was emotionally and cognitively challenging. I am used to dealing with patient’s with dementia and alzheimer’s – and I rarely let it get into my head.
However, I knew that I was on the verge on getting burnt out. Waking up to run was hard, even though I knew it would help me clear my mind. And I so much want to blog and write and read online – but I just didn’t have my groove on. And there were so many times that I was tempted to call in sick and just have a day to really recuperate.
But, I didn’t and just powered through the work week. And let my running take a back seat and did my best not to read anything work-related at home too.
I just decided not to sweat the small stuff.
And it worked.
Instead of running last Thursday, I zoned myself out by hitting the bags at Contenders and slept like a baby through the night. Working on Friday was a breeze and Saturday was just mostly “me time.”
Learning to recognize the inklings and signs of being burnt out is good that I can redirect it before it blows out of proporion. Otherwise, my family would have taken the brunt of my pound-foolish wrath.
So, here’s some tips and ways on how to give yourself a break…
- Sleep in occasionally.
- GIve up Exercise for a while.
- Take Frequent breaks at work and at home.
- Get a Massage.
- Get a Mani and Pedi.
- Read an Entertaining Book.
- Don’t Multitask.
- Go Tech Free for a while.
- Indulge on Ice Cream, cake or a tall drink.
- Make time for Downtime.
And so far it worked! Today is a Sunday and I worked this morning for a good 6 hours and felt really good coming home. All stress-free and work was a breeze – even if I had to repeat 100x to a pleasantly confused patient today. 🙂
Here are some glimpses of the past 2 weeks too… 🙂