Heading towards Burn out
As the title might imply, I’ve hit a wall this week. Unlike in my very first post, I’m hitting this wall metaphorically. The impact is strong nonetheless. The past couple of weeks have been rough. I chock it up to a lack of sleep and time to take care of myself which in turn is causing stress, anxiety burn out, and exhaustion.
So what to do? I’ve immersed myself into several big projects in addition to single motherhood and my “pay check/health insurance” job. I’ve become dysfunctional and ineffectual at both of those jobs as well.
Luckily, I have an arsenal of self-help literature as well as some amazing and supportive friends. My inevitable conclusion is that I need to stop being so hard on myself and get more sleep. I’m lucky if I get six hours a night and I still haven’t completed my “to do” list when I afford myself the luxurious sixth hour of sleep. If I could work closer to home, I could gain back an hour. But that’s not going to be possible, so I’ve decided that I am going to be an hour earlier every night. If that means that one less item on my “to do” list goes undone, then so be it. I might not get every paper graded, or my son’s favorite batman shirt laundered, but oh well… It’s like taking the oxygen first in an air plane emergency so you can help those around you.
Catching more zzzzs
Everything I’ve read about sleep and how it restores us both physically and mentally says that we are actually more productive during our waking hours when we get 8-9 hours of sleep. That’s still quite ambitious for me, but if I can get closer to the 7-8 range I’ll be happy for now. I already feel better and more productive after doing it for two days. I’m actually blogging which I haven’t done in weeks- how about that?
This is just step one of my self improvement plan. Once I see a consistent, noticeable result in my energy and mental capacity I’m going to tap into my both my inner creator and entrepreneur who are dying to break loose and help me turn my vision and mission into a tangible product that will ultimately benefit my family. I’m referring to a side business I’ve launched and my unpublished novels as well some new projects I’ve dreamed up.
I’m done being stagnant. Success is within my reach but I need to stretch a little further to grasp it. Most importantly, I want to be a role model for healthy living and strong work ethic for my two sons who have so much potential of their own.
Anyway, I know this post isn’t entertaining but I needed to put this down for myself. I’d love to hear how my readers have broken through the stagnant waters and reached for success. Always looking for inspiration and good role models!
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