Burnout

I’m reading books faster than I can review them, and although I’m excited about the next book review post, I feel like I need to address something: burnout and poor health. It plagues every profession, so let’s dive in.

Sad duck
“My spirit is not well today.”
More silly drawings are on Instagram @dapplewrites

Sometime in October, an old problem reared its ugly head. I crashed and burned and threw everything off-kilter. I didn’t write a darn thing. My Tsalagi language learning stalled and I couldn’t bring myself to talk with my learning buddies. My social media posting schedule stopped. Clients resorted to texting me when I didn’t see their emails because looking at the screen me sick. Add on some extreme anxiety and GI problems, and I was ready to disappear. Luckily my husband won’t let me do that, lol!

While I work with my doctor and neurologist to figure out what is causing these “silent migraines” and put them to bed, I am planning for the next battle. Humans are not always great at taking care of themselves and it can happen again.

The Bus Factor

I was doing too much and when I stopped, chaos ensued. How many people can get hit by a bus before everything goes to chaos? In Bernhard Schroeder’s book Simply Brilliant, he explains that you must set up securities so that basic stuff gets done when you’re not around. So what does that look like for me?

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