Recovering from burnout — 9 months later

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Last year (how time flies!), I wrote about my battle with burnout and how I needed to take a break from what seemed like everything in my life to get back on track.

I am glad to say that this has happened — pandemic and all. It just took a lot longer than I thought it would.

The implosion

With the implosion came a realisation that I would need to make drastic changes to my lifestyle. I needed to stop pushing myself so hard to be everything and do everything. I needed to take more than just one step back and relook everything I was doing.

The pandemic came about about just as I felt like I was getting myself back together again. I was again enjoying writing, wasn’t working quite such ridiculous hours, and had more time to spend on hobbies other than writing.

With the pandemic came a “level 5” lockdown — and time to breathe

I also believe that, if I hadn’t received help when I did, the stress of the lockdown, and everything that came with it, would have leveled me.

Having some extra time gave me the freedom to be more creative

That the path would include mostly writing was obvious, but the way I’d be sharing and telling stories changed somewhat. I’d been dawdling along the creativity path for most of 2019 while on my way to implode, and, by doing that, I ended up letting things like my Patreon page and ideas for a newsletter die a slow death.

It does get better

Colour has seeped back into the world and, even with everything that’s going on raging about me, I still feel like there is a spark of creativity left.

I can’t say 2020 has been any fun thus far, but now, a few weeks before my birthday, I can finally say I basically feel like my old self again.

And it’s time to create.

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Carin Marais is a copy writer, translator, and fantasy author. She writes about her writing journey, mental health and shares her creative non-fiction.

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