Not long ago, a client asked me how I finally recovered from burnout. How I healed.
I've burnt out a few times. And each time what brought me back to the land of the living was engaging in activities that lit me up.
After a particularly intense bout, it was making jam. It made me feel productive and engaged in what I was doing and useful. I could see the results of my efforts as my jam cellar slowly filled with jars. It was enormously satisfying.
Other times, it was looking for the stuff I valued at work and finding ways to intentionally take one action a day that expressed those values. I've always found this to be good maintenance practice, but it's especially important when the edges are feeling crispy.
More often than not, my solution for feeling burnt out at work hasn't come from work. It's come from outside -something that reminds me of who I am as a whole human being. That sense of being a whole person with multiple gifts to offer the universe is generally one of the first things to go when I'm toasty.
What lights you up?
What makes you remember you're whole and multifaceted?
And how will you make space to engage in those activities today?
I'm interested in what keeps us engaged in our work, the world, and each other.