I was weeping in bed for the third time that week and I’ve never been a crier. But eight months after having my daughter, and four months after going back to work, the motivation and energy I’d originally felt returning to my job had completely subsided and I’d hit a wall of fatigue and exhaustion of epic proportions.
As I sat there red faced and sobbing in my pajamas (a great look for me), my poor husband laid there staring at the wall, not sure what to say at this point. He’d already told me I should leave my job multiple times during previous crying sessions. But instead of feeling relieved by his blessing, it only made me feel guiltier and cry even more.
I could never quit, I thought to myself. What if he’d resent me for not bringing in income eventually? I was afraid of being perceived as lazy. Plus we live in an area of the country that pretty much requires dual incomes to live comfortably. How could I leave a steady paycheck and put that kind of pressure on him? Plus I had some people’s dream job! Why couldn’t I just be more grateful!
So I cried. Because I felt trapped. Because I felt so tired but couldn’t not be a mom, or work, or keep showing up in my life. But I felt like I was failing at all of it and in that moment I just wanted to disappear.
If you can relate and want to know how I overcame my burn out, check out my latest article on Lifehack.org.
-4 surprising strategies for finding motivation (don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to exercise, get more sleep, or eat better!)
-How I get motivated with “The Princess Bride” Strategy and how you can use it to put the pep back in your step too
-How to find the root cause of your burn out so you can focus your limited amount of energy there
Burn out is REAL, and it’s awful. I’ve been there and I promise you can overcome it and be so much happier and healthier on the other side.
Here’s to you writing your success story,