So here’s a day-old realization: I am burned out like never before. Since 2016, I have gone through immense challenges and while I did try and process them, it seems like I needed more time to do so.
As a result of this and the pandemic, I have burned out HARD.
Yesterday, I went out after two weeks to a nearby McDonald’s. And would you believe it, I needed help to place a simple one-item order? I forgot how to place an order and had to ask for help. That’s when it hit me that I *need* to take immediate action to cope with burnout. Otherwise, my brain fog, depression, and anxiety would only get worse. And let’s not forget depression and suicidal ideation.
Chester Bennington’s Heavy best describes my current mental state. My mental health has been consistently poor since Jan 2022.
Starting March 14, 2022, I am reducing my workload to the bare minimum and focusing on rest. I will be infrequent here on the blog too. I have to complete my counseling diploma this year, but I will take it super easy. After all, what kind of a mental health blogger would I be if I didn’t take care of my own mental health?
If you are in a similar situation, please know that you are not alone. Many people are overwhelmed right now, whether they talk about it or not. You can get through this. As the amazing Jordan Brown said in his Tweet, “be what your life needs you to be right now.” If you need rest, prioritize it.