Mental Health Monday–Burn Out


In this fast paced world, juggling multiple tasks is not only commonplace, it’s the norm. And it seems things keep on getting faster.

I often wonder:

How much can I handle before I have a system meltdown and my brain stops functioning entirely?

There have been times where I’ve gotten close. The solution was to take a break, give my brain downtime, and refuel by reading or engaging in some other non-writerly, but equally stimulating activity.

Now that deadlines have been thrown into the mix, having a hiatus is not an option.

What’s a girl to do?

No, really, I’m asking, WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO?

I have dome ideas:

  • Handle one thing at a time, one day at a time.
  • Instead of focusing on how much is left to do, focus on how much has been accomplished.
  • Resist the urge to burn the midnight oil and get adequate sleep. (Really, I’ve NEVER been one to pull all nighters…that will ensure my brain failing.)
  • Eat healthy and get some exercise.
  • Take mini-breaks.
  • Listen to invigorating music.
  • Make writing an adventure–remember that enthusiasm that got you writing in the first place and draw on that for inspiration and motivation.

What other tips can you think of to battle burn out?

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10 comments on “Mental Health Monday–Burn Out

  1. Cheree says:

    I am one that loves to keep busy and can do with some of these tips. Another thing I find is that it’s always good to do something to help to relax and to also learn to say ‘NO’.

  2. I like my sleep and not a chance I’ll miss any.
    Exercise and guitar playing usually recharge me.

  3. salarsen says:

    The only advice I have for you is to break things down into smaller chunks, accomplish one smaller goal, and give yourself a reward – pat on the back, ice cream, whatever. This methods helps me from feeling overloaded. But I’ll be honest with you. Since I went on sub, my thoughts (which include hopes and fears) are consuming me like too much on my to-do list. Not sure how to handle the mental overload.

  4. Getting out in nature always helps me.

  5. Linda Gray says:

    This is a really important topic for all of us, Laura, and all your ideas are great ones! (I never pulled an all-nighter in my life, either. I TRIED to, but the body wants what the body wants, and not listening was not an option.) I have one other idea: LAUGH. I’m not kidding. Funny you should ask this question today, (heh–see what happened there?). I just posted on the importance of laughing to help us keep perspective and recharge.

  6. Hugs! It’s hard to keep everything balanced. I think your list is great!

    I like Linda’s advice, too: Laughter really helps.

  7. Vicki Tremper says:

    Those are great ideas. Just focus on each day at a time, and don’t get too bogged down in the details. Good luck!

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