Burnout recovery

Ways to come back from overwork/emotional collapse

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Summary

Worn out from excessive overwork, finally, the emotional damage caused by a close death has hit me. I have found myself burned out, in a fragile state where my usual control, responsibility, and steadfastness have given out. Panic attacks, depression, and a general collapsing of my self ensued, and a degree of emotional instability remains.

This is my story, and how I first sought to remedy this state, to 'fix it', only to find that it is not as simple a logic as that thinking allows.
 
Burnout recovery
Status: In Progress
Updated: August 19th 2017
 

Serious burnout

I’ve witnessed many frustrations in my self since I first felt this ‘state’. Fear (at my fragility, vulnerability), anger (at the collapse of my previous ‘working’ state), depression (swirling negativity, hopelessness), and others. The first brutal reality for me was the lack of understanding. Only the close around me saw how bad this was.

However ‘advanced’ our culture may be, our language, (or our education of our language), still leaks like a sieve. ‘Burnout’ in the modern sense explains a range of experiences, ranging from a long Friday at work, to complete emotional meltdown. Luckily, most haven’t seen the far end of this spectrum, but that does water down the understanding of the word.

The best explanation of this experience I have found is by comparing it’s symptoms with that of PTSD, (as in the TED presentation below, by Dr Geri Puleo). For me, many of these tally with my current state. It’s serious.

‘Solutions’

I’ve built myself to find solutions. In the capitalist, materialistic place that we reside, it’s the logical way to grow security. I am beginning to believe, though, that for some depth of spiritual issues, there may be no such refinement or straight answer. Or perhaps I am not ready to see it yet.

Prescriptions work if you’re producing sliced bread. But our psychology is not a packagable product. Prescriptions fail to allow for context, or error. With that in mind, here I’ll share things I’ve tried, and their effects on me in this state of burnout.

  1. Getting help – Realising I do not making helping me easy – Counselling
  2. Last month (Apr 2017) I started a partial sabbatical. My plan here is to work only where necessary (one day a week for now), and otherwise I am travelling with my partner, battling off my addictions to caffeine and activity, and sitting with my thoughts, however spiky they present themselves.
  3. Walking, outdoors, landscape (scale)
  4. Consumption
  5. ATIP (All things in proportion)

Note: This is a fragment, unfinished and painfully still in progress!