Burnout recovery tip 10: Glory to the iPod

Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobble stones. Looking for fun and feelin' groovy. Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da…Feelin' Groovy…  I've got no deeds to do, No promises to keep. I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep. Let the morning [...]

Burnout recovery tip 7: Get angry at Jeff

Jeff is…  …my ultimate love app  …the CEO of my heart's SEO …the mojo in my tutti frutti   With that said, Jeff does piss me off from time to time. Thankfully, the feeling is mutual.   But before we go too far… I do understand that 'Get angry at Jeff' as a burnout recovery [...]

Burnout recovery tip 6: Scribbling rubbish

What do you do when you've challenged yourself to write a post that you've already written about (see 'Meditating made manageable – mmm'), when it's about scribbling rubbish? I can't scribble rubbish here – I value you too much. Still, we can re-cap and see where it takes us…Whaddyasay? What 'Scribbling rubbish' is my name for [...]

Burnout recovery tip 4: Giggling like a schoolgirl

To be honest, I didn't giggle when I was a schoolgirl. I tended to snort accidentally or let loose an almighty guffaw that ricocheted around stairwells, swung around corners and marched across ovals.   I knew I had an unattractive laugh, but I couldn't help it. And, as you can imagine, having a laugh like [...]

Burnout recovery tip 3: Cull your friends

'Cull your friends' sounds a bit harsh. Even by Facebook standards. And it also sounds like strange advice, considering friends can be damned handy when things get rough. And if you are burned out, things can get rough.  But this morsel of advice comes from a place of love…and sanity. A new kind of love [...]

Burnout recovery tip 2: The nothing

As mentioned in my '13 things' towards recovery from burnout, napping is one thing, just lying down is quite another.  In the last post (Burnout recovery tip 1: The Helen Keller Approach) we talked about stripping back stimuli to give your senses a rest. This means going somewhere quiet for a little lie down. No books, no TV, [...]

Burnout recovery tip 1: The Helen Keller approach

It's been a month since I last wrote. I was going to apologise, but then thought 'Nah.' I'm tired. You already know what that's like, I don't have to explain it to you. So I imagine, chances are, you also understand the fatigue associated with apologising for not keeping up with the blogging/tweeting/typing 'Me! Me! Me!' [...]

The little red engine has a lot to answer for

  The famous children's story of The Little Red Engine (first published in 1945 by Diana Ross – no, not the singer) saw the protagonist spending an awful lot of time working its way up a hill using the semi-positive affirmation “I think I can”.    Here's how the story starts: Once upon a time [...]

Elizabeth Gilbert, Elaine Aron and the depression thing

In the best-selling book Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert called them 'goons'. She was referring to 'Depression' and 'Lonliness'.       The goons arrived to meet her as the sun was setting over the Villa Borghese in Rome. Despite the beautiful situ, Depression took her identity while Lonliness interrogated her about her motives for happiness. [...]

How do you introduce yourself?

  A powerful realisation came upon me when Jeff – my partner – and I were browsing in a gift store. It wasn't just any gift store. It was the only gift store in town. The town had recently become our new home, and we were hoping that the move would be, in itself, a [...]