It was slowly building up until it came to a head yesterday…
I have been working my tail off since I took over the business in April. Every single day I have worked hard until the work got done, but lately business has been great. Which is great for the business, but kept me working even harder. I started feeling discouraged because I could not catch up, but my pride has been keeping me from hiring or asking for help even though it has been offered many times.
Lately I started feeling extra irritable and on the edge of tears not knowing what was wrong. My discontent started seeping into all other areas of my life and I could not figure out what was causing it. I was snappy and pushing myself hard, but it never felt like enough.
Thankfully my bf spent the day trying to help me figure out what was wrong. I blamed it on depression, but I knew it was probably something else. We finally narrowed it down and figured out that I am burned out. So he told me to stop working and together we set off on an adventure. He also suggested that I take some time off and he would take the reins while I recovered.
We immediately got into the car. I wanted to resist, but he insisted and said that this was an adventure intervention and I am so glad that he did. We drove along to coast on a road that neither of us had ever been on. There is something so enchanting about experiencing a new place for the very first time…
We drove until we reached the city of Honokaa and we found this pizzaria called Cafe Il Mondo in the middle of the town. To our delight there was live music and the Joe Blow Trio was performing. There was a drummer, a keyboard performer, and someone on what I thought was a keytar, but I just found out that it is a chapman stick. I did not even know that such a thing existed! They were very talented musicians and showmen. I was impressed because the keyboard player would whip out a different instrument with each song. First he played the harmonica and then it was the flute and then the saxophone! I am sure he had more instruments up his sleeve, but we decided to leave after enjoying a margarita and splitting a delicious calzone. If you are ever on the Big Island, you should definitely check out the enchanting town of Honokaa.
I felt completely underdressed and unprepared for a date night (unbrushed hair with no makeup), but I am glad I went anyways. I think it was exactly what I needed. When we got home instead of going back to work, I rested. I think that I am going to start taking at least one day a week to rest and recover that way I can avoid burning out in the future.
How do you recover from and prevent burnout? Please comment below to share! Happy Weekend my Friends!