Burnout is the new black (think ‘charcoal’). If you haven’t got it, you’ll probably know someone who does (or at least one celebrity).
My Burnout Thing is about sharing ideas and stories about burnout and related conditions – like chronic fatigue syndrome. It is more a philosophical approach, not a scientific one.
I don’t have all the answers (scroll down see my disclaimer). No one has all the answers. If they say they do, crawl in the opposite direction as soon as you can muster the energy.
My story - Megan Hills, Queen of Burnout
I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue in 2003. Burnout (i.e. feeling burnt out) is often an entrée to the main course of adrenal fatigue. My symptoms during adrenal fatigue have included:
restless sleep, mind-bending fatigue, limbo low blood pressure, insatiable hunger, volcanic nausea (reduced only by eating), wired anxiety, black hole depression, the carpet pulled out of my joy-of-nookie, unpleasant tingling from my arm and leg nerve endings, flu-like symptoms, short term memory loss (I think…), uncontrollable Chewbacca-like moaning, number phobia (but I had that before), and a complete inability to deal rationally with tradesmen.
But life is a lot better now. I’m still not 100%, but 300% better than I was (percentages were never my strong point). I wanted to write down what’s going on now and what I can kick my memory into reminding me – before I feel too fabulous for words.
The search for factual information about extreme burnout cases – often associated with adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) – really requires an FBI-like Google-trained search and rescue squad.
If you’re gullible (like me) be prepared to be taken down some long and winding roads, often leading to hype-masters trying to sell you some potion that’s going to rock your world (though it’s more likely to be a boulder on you bank balance).
www.myburnoutthing.com is purely an opinion-based site (rant) that does NOT claim to have the answers for anyone but myself. And even then…
This site might make some suggestions to try out, but in the end it’s up to you as to whether you wish to follow through and practice any of these suggestions.
You will be responsible for the outcome. In short: be sensible, for Godssake.
I’ve heard that one should not simply accept the information gleaned from various websites purporting to have answers to cures without obtaining the opinion of a trusted doctor. Did you know that GPs are in the high risk group for burnout? What an irony. Well, us burned out folk do tend to try anything…. so we might as well put the medical profession on the list.
If looking for a doctor, I wonder if it's best to opt for one who has burned out and risen from the semi-dead. Whoever it is, perhaps discuss whether trying out something you’ve read on the Net (including ideas from this site) might be a good idea prior to launching in.
If you want to, that is. I'm not advising, of course.