i am once again in that stage during the academic year where i have to romanticise every work-related tear and late night cry with classical music, gallons of coffee and the thought that mr. keating would be proud.
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Reminder: productivity isn't everything - you can't fix all the problems in the world, your worth isn't determined by how much you can do, and you are not machine that goes on and on, so don't overwork yourself at the risk of your own health.
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The next chapter is proving to be a longer one, so please enjoy this half preview while you wait.
Lin: *Knowing Y/N is upset about something her brother did but not wanting to pry, waiting for her to continue opening up at her own pace*
Y/N: My dad had fish.
Lin: *Expecting literally anything else* Uh...
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I really didn't know where to say this so I just thought my personal blog will be best place.
I. LOST. ABILITY. TO. WRITE.
Like... really? When I was young, I used to write so many stories. I was such a creative kid, writing books, fanfictions and ocassionally poems. Now, ten years later I can't write a single paragraph. I am still creative, I paint, I have ideas, I write poetry sometimes. But I have ideas for stories I can't pen down. I was thinking what could cause this and I gave up. It is not about traumas, not about lack of self-confidence. I talked to my psychologist but it didn't help. Am I scared of myself? Of writing? Is this burnout of a gifted kid? I really want to write but CAN'T.
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Something I made while dealing with my own stuff and hoping drawing this would pick me up somehow. Maybe it worked.
FT my cat. His name is Mischief
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Burnout is honestly such a mild word for what people use it to mean. I'm not experiencing "burnout", which sounds so casual and routine that some face masks and a little rest is going to fix it.
My body and mind and even nervous system are stretched to the point that it's going to take a lot more than just a "break" or a few self care tips to recover, and even then, my recovery is just so that I can reenter the spaces that contributed to me being this way in the first place. I'm a little bit more than just burnt out by this.
Workplaces and educational institutions aggressively overwork us, expose us to all kinds of discrimination, which they overlook and gaslight us out of acknowledging, and then constantly ask us to ignore our mental, emotional, and physical needs so that we don't inconvenience them.
We're not burnt out. We're borderline traumatized. Burnout is always talked about like something transient and mild that a little rest and relaxation will fix.
But we're exhausted. We need deep rest and healing. We need new systems. We need new ways of being. The language around burnout just seems like a way of upholding these current violent systems and downplaying their impacts.
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Making time to give yourself a break and check in with your needs is one way you can maintain your energy and productivity levels. Today, give yourself permission to take some guilt-free 'microbreaks’—and use that time to reflect using these questions. Studies show you'll be more focused afterward.
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Eating toast for dinner instead of cooking is better than not eating anything at all.
Using mouthwash instead of brushing your teeth is better than not taking care of your teeth at all.
Wiping yourself with a damp cloth or baby wipe instead of showering is better than not bathing at all.
Doing only one out of five assignments you need to turn in is better than not submitting anything at all.
Talking to a loved one on the phone is better than not talking to anyone at all.
Playing your favorite video game, listening to good music, or reading a book instead of "grinding" is better than not doing anything at all.
Don't beat yourself up for not being "productive enough". A little productivity is still productivity.
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how to deal with mental fatigue
Hi, it’s werelivingarts! Exam season is coming so soon, and some of us might deal with a lot of stress and mental fatigue while preparing for the exams.
Here are some tips on how to prevent and deal with mental fatigue (before it becomes too serious and leads to burnout). Exams are just ways to test your knowledge and understanding, so please do not expect too high and take care of your health! 🌿
Hope that we would all do well! 😊
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plucked up #1 - a comic about burnout
this is the first part of my new comic project, hope you like it! More to come next week
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Surprisingly, this is not a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference, but an actual fact. From Burnout: Solve Your Stress Cycle, by Emily and Amelia Nagoski
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Experiencing burnout in an area you love doesn’t mean you are no longer passionate about that thing, or are any less good at it. It’s often an indication that there are other parts of your life that need your care. A garden looks most beautiful when every flower is watered, and you deserve to nourish yourself in the same way. You will flourish again.
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Did you lose interest and motivation to do a task that you loved doing? See if this progress sound familiar:
(disclaimer: I do not own or have made this image)
If you relate to this, then you’re experiencing burnout. Let’s find out a solution to get your passionate motivation back again!
How do I recover from it?
Feed your basic needs:
Sleep: 7-8 hour sleep. Nighttime sleep is better for you medically, and waking up early feels better too.
Food: Eat healthy food. If you feed crap into your system, you'll feel crap. Eating healthy gives you energy to live out your day. Eat at regular intervals, it's you charging yourself.
Go outside: Go for a walk or cycle around. Dress up if you want to. And get a change in environment as you do some physical activity.
Socialize: Catch up with a friend. Call someone or meet up. Regardless of the fact that you're an introvert or an extrovert, it's a basic human need to interact. Do not isolate yourself. (In lockdown, find ways to keep connected online and take initiative)
Mindfulness: Stand still in a constant moving world. Ground yourself. Feel your surroundings through it's smells, it's sounds, it's textures.
Cut out some plans: Weigh all that you have to do and prioritize. See how life would be without one or two of those obligations.
Speak to your core self: Remind yourself your values, what you have, and who you are. Look at yourself from third person perspective.
Forgive yourself: You are trying your best. Your best right now is not your best potential, but it's impossible to be fulfilling your potential everyday. It's hard to focus on tomorrow when you're too busy cussing your yesterday.
How to avoid it in future?
Find your triggers. Look out for signs that when it's happening again.
Staying too connected on phone clutters your brain and it gets too noisy. Set out time blocks for it.
Set time out for your hobbies. Do them regularly.
Structure your day, if it isn't.
Clean your environment.
Do small acts of kindness to keep your heart rich and wholesome.
Ask for help with your tasks. You don't have to do everything by yourself.
Sleep. Eat. Workout. Socialize.
Take care of your needs.
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i think sometimes it's really important to recognize your limits. while it's great to try and always push yourself to be better and push your limits, it's also super easy to get burnt out by doing so. recognize your limits. some days you will have the energy to push past them, and some days you won't—that's okay! it's important to find a balance between pushing yourself while also allowing yourself rest.
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be there for u
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i noticed my burnout comic was making rounds but the full comic is no longer available after the collegehumor website went offline.... so here it is!!!
i wrote/drew this back in 2018 when i was struggling w hella burnout and depression. i hope everyone is taking care of themselves :3
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You’re not alone if you’re feeling burnt out or you’re running on a low tank. Acknowledge those feelings and take a moment to pause in the present. Take a deep breath in...and out...before you reflect on what you need to move through these difficult feelings.
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I’ve been seeing so many posts about burnout relating to working/studying hard......but burnout from fighting mental illnesses, disabilities, and chronic conditions needs to be talked about more. When you struggle with these things, you fight so many invisible battles a day that you don’t even realize you’re burnt out. You don’t have to be studying or working or “oN tHe gRiNd” to be burnt out. Being strong every day is the most grueling and exhausting kind of work. Please know that you are valid, even if you can’t get up and work/study. You are having to learn a curriculum that school doesn’t teach, and I’m so proud of you <33
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