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 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!' [...]

Burnout and the myth of being extraordinary

  Many have described Mother Teresa as being "tireless in helping others".   As someone with chronic fatigue, I can understand how a burned out individual might find this hard to imagine.  Being 'tireless' that is.   That burnt out individual might also feel a little resentful about the term 'tireless'.  The worshipping of 'tireless [...]

The difference between burnout and stress

I had promised to do this post at the end of my very first burnout blog.  Then I forgot about it.  Burnout can be like that…   You say, "I'm burnt out".  The other person says, "Me too. I'm really stressed and tired".  You think you've found a friend, but wait for the next round…   [...]