What travelling AND camping AND working taught me about burnout

First, camping is not for the fainthearted. Particularly camping for months in the Australian desert with unreliable equipment. But, as they say, it’s not a party until something gets broken. And things got broken. Or they weren’t working to begin with (that will teach us to leave before testing everything). Here’s the list of technical [...]

The burnout recovery elephant

There has been an elephant in the room here on My Burnout Thing. A well-meaning elephant with poor table manners. The elephant is called ‘the clumsy recovery’. Frankly, I’m wondering if there is any other kind. It was Hans Schoendorfer who called my attention to this elephant-of-inelegance in an email to My Burnout Thing. Hans [...]

Book review: Teach Us To Sit Still

I've just finished reading Tim Parks' Teach Us To Sit Still – A skeptic’s search for health and healing. Tim Parks is known in literary circles as a reputable novelist and translator. This newish book (2010) is NOT 'Sitting Still for Dummies', nor is it a literary novel. Instead Tim took up the challenge to [...]

‘How To Be Sick’ by Toni Bernhard

'How to be sick' is a wonderful title for a book – wonderfully confronting when we live in a society that is about avoiding it, denying it, moving on from it. 'Get well soon' cards say a lot.  The idea of accepting that you are sick – right here, right now – doesn't seem to [...]

About The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron

I was thinking about the previous post Interview with Michael Nobbs on Sustainable Creativity and Tea and how Michael talked about being creative 'little and often' while feeling like a drugged rhinoceros (my words, not his). But what if we don't know where to start with this creativity business? And are too tired to work it [...]

Interview with Michael Nobbs on sustainable creativity and tea

Michael Nobbs is a full-time artist, blogger and tea drinker (not necessarily in that order). He is the author of the popular blog Sustainably Creative and writes, tweets and podcasts about drawing and trying to keep things simple. In the late 1990s he was diagnosed with ME/CFS and, over the last decade, has learnt a [...]

How my friends caught me out

It's time for the confessional box. Three friends recently have 'outed' me for archetypal burnout-inducing behaviour. Here's what happened… Making breakfast A wildlife photographer buddy recently returned from a world trip. He had toured Japan, Turkey, South America and eastern block Europe. He had seen a lot of life – and of how different people [...]

Burnout recovery tip 13: Chocolate and other baaad good things

Eating can be tricky when you are burnt out. Culinary exploration isn't usually top of mind. We're often too tired to muster a meal that involves one food group let alone three. So it's not surprising when easy-reach 'comfort food' (chocolate, fast food, etc.) can become as seductive as heroin.  Just to keep things interesting, [...]

Burnout recovery tip 12: Drugs, anxiety and my rap song

Drugs. It's a wonderful word, isn't it? Say the word 'drugs' to someone and you are destined to raise some kind of emotion in them (fear, hatred, glee, etc). But what that emotion is will depend on that person's relationship to drugs.    What do you think about drugs? You might reply, 'It depends..are we [...]

Burnout recovery tip 11: How to be creative with foggy-brain

'Creativity' is a word that is being bandied around a lot lately. Many around the world are yearning to do something 'more creative'. But this doesn't necessarily mean they believe they actually can be more creative. Why? Because one of two comments generally follow: 'Creativity isn't going to pay the bills', and 'I'm not artistic.' [...]