What to do when I´m burned out?

Maybe you now should have a pretty good sense if you’re burned out or not, and if you are, how severe it is.
Please don´t be too discouraged, it´s time for rest now.

The first is to commit to treating yourself in a relaxing, stress-free environment. I can totally rely upon if it´s difficult if you have children you need to take care of but you can’t do any work.

You can’t take any work-related calls or respond to any work-related emails or texts. If your family is a source of stress, try to get away from them for the weekend. Basically, your job is to remove as many sources of stress from your life as possible for a couple of days.

Try to sleep in both days. Eat right. Occupy your time with relaxing activities that you rarely allow yourself to enjoy. If you like to read, read. If you like to cook, cook. If you like to write, write. If you don’t like to do anything, don’t do anything. Just don’t expose yourself to any stress for two and a half days.

If you on Monday morning, you wake up tired, you are likely suffering from burnout.

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You don´t want to get burned out!


Burnout isn’t just being very tired

It’s a serious medical condition that can set off other problems—depression, stroke, suicidal thoughts, breakdown. The last stage of chronic stress, burnout occurs when all your energetic resources—emotional, physical, and mental—have been used up.

But what sign and symptoms do a person with a burnout have?
Can you see on a person that they are burned out?
How do they/we behave?

Well, the most obvious signs are that they withdraw themselves from responsibilities, and soon after that isolate themselves from others.
They start skipping work or coming in late and leaving early.
They start to use food, drugs, or alcohol to cope. Take out their frustration on others and procrastinating, taking longer to get things done.

Isolation was a huge problem for me. It caused me trouble. I had to chose what calls I could manage and which I couldn´t.  The reason is that the calls could drain me even if it was my best friend calling. It could be my mom, and the fact is that some calls (you can read people) was so draining that I chose not ever answer them again. And that put another weight on my burden.  I was ashamed over myself for it. And I couldn´t possibly explain it to anyone because no one would understand it anyway.

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Chronic Fatigue

Does it help to eat candy?

The revolting fact that the Swedes eat candy up to 16 kilos per person a year isn’t only disgusting but also true!

We eat more sugar than any country in the world. Still, we aren’t the fattest people on earth.

When I had a burnout I constantly looked for candy in our kitchen cabinets, hoping to find any candy crumbs or anything “candylike”, forgotten in our children’s room hidden under the beds, for them to take when they crave for it.
My cravings for sugar was limitless. I gained weight yes but not compared to the amount of candy I ate.
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2018 is a year of change

Is it possible to bounce back from a burnout?

I can with all my heart say that this is the year of change.  I realized that I need to stand up, take action, and not let this opportunity pass me by.  It’s more important than ever.

Don’t be scared off when I put that start in this blog, cause I’ve been in a black hole as well. So deep down depressed and anxious, without any beliefs of change and energy, to get out of that terrible state.

One moment you’re working to make everything good in your life, then before you know it, you’re flat on your back, unable to do anything more than perhaps open your eyes.
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