Recovering From Burnout — Burnout was one of the worst things that has ever happened to me. At the peak of my burnout, I was physically exhausted and emotionally depleted. I felt hopeless and worried that things would never get better. Although recovering from burnout was a long and painful journey, I am grateful for it. I’ve grown, learned, and transformed into a stronger, more fulfilled version of myself. However, my healing was only able to start after I learned this one important thing…
I had to learn to love myself.
The term self-love is so often connected to selfishness. This understanding robs those of us who’ve never had any self-love from even looking in its direction. It paints self-love with a negative brush. The truth is, those who need self-love the most are often the least selfish and conceited. We are the serial people-pleasers who lack self-esteem and self-compassion.
How did I learn to love myself?
Two things happened:
1 – I was terrified by the deep level of burnout I reached, and knew something needed to change.
I woke up one morning and told myself enough was enough. I got sick and tired of being miserable. I started reading every self-help book I could get my hands on; I took time off and allowed myself time to rest; I confided in loved ones who showed me love and support, and I did a lot of soul-searching. It was during this time that the tiniest spark of self-love first shined its glorious face.
2 – I started to question my negative thinking.
It went a little something like this:
- Negative Thought: I am worthless // Questioning: Why am I worthless?
- Negative Thought: I will never accomplish my dreams // Questioning: Why won’t I ever accomplish my dreams?
- Negative Thought: I am not brave enough to make positive changes in my life // Questioning: Why will you not make positive changes in your life?
This questioning had a profound effect on me. In the beginning, I had many reasons to support my negative thinking. However, the more I questioned, the more I began to see how irrational my negative thoughts were. I had no evidence to support them. In fact, I had evidence to support the exact opposite!
By continuing to question, that tiny spark of self-love grew a little bit brighter. I slowly started to treat myself more like I would a loved one, which was with more kindness, love, and acceptance.
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My greatest takeaway
Fast-forward to the present time, and here’s my greatest takeaway…
Without self-love, my burnout recovery would have never happened. All the self-help books and advice in the world wouldn’t have made a difference if I didn’t love myself enough to make an effort. If I didn’t begin to see even an ounce of worth in myself, I wouldn’t have a reason or the motivation to fight for a happier, healthier life. It all started with a little self-love.
My message to you…
I hope that you are inspired to love yourself a little bit more today. I’m living proof of how it can transform your life into one that’s filled with more optimism and happiness. Look in the mirror and say, “I love who I am.” It’s okay to fake it until you make it in the beginning. Just keep faking it until it becomes authentic, and it will. Decide to invest in your wellness – seek out information, start seeing a therapist – try it all. Commit to loving yourself enough to do whatever it takes to start healing.
By being kinder, more patient, and more understanding with yourself, your view of your self-worth will shift. You will begin to see positive aspects of who you are, aspects that you will grow to love and find worth fighting for. I know the journey of recovery is a tough one, but you’re not in it alone. I’m right there with you, each day, fighting for a happier, healthier me. We’re in this together.
“Your heart truly deserves the priceless feeling of unconditional love that can only come from you to you.” – Edmond Mbiaka
What has recovering from burnout taught you? What helps you build your self-love? What helps you make your self-talk more positive? What’s one thing you love about yourself? What’s your favourite self-love affirmation? I’d love to hear it all! Leave me a comment below.
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