Dealing with Burnout: How to Enter a Season of Rest
If I am being completely honest, burnout is a real thing in my life (like many others). Between pouring energy into my business, finding time for creativity, and showing up in my personal life, I sometimes feel zero energy, fearing burnout and the lack of motivation. I face guilt for not feeding my creativity, guilt for not sharing on social media, and guilt for not working during my downtime.
Post Summer I felt that my body needed rest. I took a break from my daily routine and explored a different side of my art, one that I thought about for a very long time but never gave myself permission to pursue. I let my to do list pile up, my Asana calendar un-checked, and my Instagram a little high and dry.
Understanding how to work through burnout comes with its own challenges. Your biggest fears come to life as you slip out of your creative routine, daily routine, and motivational routine. You question whether your groove will come back and a true lack of trust in your why. But there’s an idea that has stuck with me throughout this burnout phase; There is power in providing yourself with a season of rest.
Embracing a Season of Rest
Instead of fighting against burnout, there’s a beautiful thing that happens when you embrace it, acknowledge it, fall into it, and integrate it into your routine. As a whole, the stigma around burnout can change. People who choose to listen to their bodies and rest are really the ones that are most awake. Feeling in tune with yourself and providing yourself with what is important in that given moment is a powerful thing. A door full of opportunities may present themselves when we give ourselves permission slow down.
Many creative entrepreneurs are scared to admit when they face burnout. There is a constant pressure to share progress and not let others see when we are taking a break. Pushing into my season of rest after Summer definitely affected my marketing efforts and sure, I might have posted a lot less on social media, but that doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned everything I am building. It means I listen to myself and share true value with you when it makes sense. Behind a business there is still human life, one that needs vacations, personal time, and a season of rest. I challenge you to listen to yourself, stay in tune with your practice, and take a season of rest when needed.