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 9: Money and the lack thereof

What do you do if you are too tired to work and you don't have a sugar daddy? It's a damn shame that many those in our society who suffer from chronic illnesses also have the additional worry of "How the hell am I going to pay my bills??" This nagging question seems to raspberry [...]

Burnout recovery tip 8: Counselling, and then not going to counselling

My first experiment with counselling was with a 'Zen psychiatrist'. Well, that's how I categorised him. I talked. The psychiatrist sat there, eyes half-closed, apparently meditating on my right shoulder. At ten-minute intervals the psychiatrist released a low hum, much like an unreliable refrigerator. Having burnout meant I was spending enough time on my own. So [...]

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 5: Say NO to “The new cure for chronic fatigue!”

It's exhausting, listening to all that advice. Your family has it, your friends have it, strangers in the the pharmacy queue have it. And it usually starts with "I read in this magazine….", or "I saw on the tele the other night…",  or "I was talking about you to Sharon in accounts. She had chronic [...]

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!' [...]