On burnout and excuses

2 min readJan 24, 2023

Most of us have felt extremely stressed, tired or even depressed due to work or family pressures (sometimes both), and some of us have gotten to the point of feeling burntout. But trying our best to “tackle it down” and overcome it can be more tricky than it seems. Especially because we need to rest and engage in creative and uplifting activities, but at that point even thinking about that may seem dreadful.

Now, if you are like me, a restless, competitive and curious being, taking this “time off” to recover can make you feel guilty as if you are making excuses not to “hustle and grind” and therefore falling behind in life, causing yourself to feel more stressed. So what to do then?

So what to do then?

Keep it simple, seriously:

  • Reframe what success means for you now. Getting out of bed and having a 5 min stretch is a great start.
  • Journal. At least one page a day. You need to find a way to channel everything that lives in your psyche and remain unconscious.
  • Avoid alcohol. It will do more wrong than good at this moment.
  • Practice mindfulness. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for 5 min. That’s still 5 more min than 0.
  • Socialise. Even if it’s a short call or a weekly gathering. Try to be around people that lift your spirit.

This worked for me after working crazy 80 hours a week for 18 months. So I hope it does help you, even just a bit.

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