When burnout hits me, it is as if I can feel it in every cell of my body. It’s a subtle feeling of desperation coupled with a hint of depression. I hate to admit it, but it is just something that happens to me. Part of it is my go-go-go tendency and the other part is, unfortunately, just me.
I have begun to think that burnout is like pneumonia; once you really experience it, you’ll always be more susceptible. (I think I am now on the 5-6 year cycle…)
So, about three weeks ago when I felt like I was reaching my melting point, I realized this was my opportunity to be proactive before it got bad. But how?
“A few days at the beach,” I thought to myself.
And off went my brain—identifying all the reasons I couldn’t: Money. Time. My work schedule. My kids. The dogs. The cat. The doctor’s appointment that was scheduled. And the list went on…
That’s what we do, right? We immediately go to all the reasons we can’t do something, rather than coming up with ways to make something possible.
So (as I so often tell others to do) I decided to problem-solve it.
First step: determine where to go! As I researched all my options, I discovered I had enough miles on American Airlines for a round trip ticket to Mexico, and enough left-over time-share points for 2017 for a three night stay at one of my favorite places.
Next: tackle all my stories around my time, work and obligations. So, I identified a window of opportunity in my work schedule, made a plan for my youngest son and the dogs and sent some emails to reschedule a few appointments.
With two phone calls and an hour after deciding to problem-solve it, I had a trip booked to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and was leaving in 4 days!
I was proud of myself and freaked-out at the same time.
It was a beautiful few days, filled with long walks on the beach, swimming in the pacific, quiet meditation, and reflection while staring out at the waves.
One morning as I walked along the water, I silently extended gratitude to the universe for bringing me such a beautiful experience. And as I did, the universe whispered back.
The wisdom I received was that, so often, what we need or want is actually already there for us. But we have to be willing to look for it– to identify what’s available even if it is not in the exact form we have in our minds. We have to be flexible, and willing to let go of our preconceived ideas and stories.
We have to problem-solve it.
P.S. What is something you need help problem solving? Shoot me an email and we can brainstorm it!