Re: Recovering from Burnout
I go through this everyday, and don't necessarily have the answer, although for some strange reason, I have felt a little better this past week by not letting it all get to me. Basically, there a few things that have helped me:
1) Seek Help - see a therapist. It truly does help, and grounds you in your thoughts (both rationale and irrational) sometimes.
2) Medication - I am not the best to give this advice, b/c Anxiety meds seem to make me even more anxious, and I never make it through the first week. Xanax has helped me a lot, although I know it is habit forming and short lasting, but it definitely takes the edge off for the short term, which is sometimes all you need.
3) Rationale thinking - what's the worst that can happen? You get fired from your job? I have grappled with this one quite a bit, and here's what it comes down to: Smarter people than you or I have been fired before, and have rebounded big time. Yes, it is a huge blow to your ego, and no, you never want it to happen, but life goes on. Times get tough, you worry about how to pay your bills, but things always seem to work out. My father, who I always viewed as THE business man's business man, I recently found out was not only fired from a job once, but walked away with nothing else from another because of the stress and anxiety. Tells me a few things: We are not alone, everyone experiences something like this at some time in their lives, and most importantly, we can recover. My father is VERY successful; I can only hope to duplicate his success. With that, it makes you understand and not sweat the small stuff so much...of course, this accompanied by a Xanax. :-)
This is all easier said than done, and may not be helpful at all. Feel better!