Avoiding Burn Out

May 28, 2015

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I type, there is a sweet little poodle toy mix laying on my lap,
trying to decide whether or not to fall asleep.

 He is the newest addition to The Fashion Cookbook family (photos to come). This little guy, my affectionately called “little old man” Chalky (brownie points if you get the Boardwalk Empire reference, which although not the original intention (he was named by a four year old) is still a pretty cool namesake. Mr. Chalky has been keeping me quite busy with getting his health records updated, house training, and lots and lots of snuggles.Having him around has done wonders for my sanity, with his sweet puppy dog eyes and the mandatory daily walk. Although he is an older dog and a rescue he is gentle, affectionate, and loads of fun. I encourage you to adopt a dog in need if you’re looking for a furry four legged companion. They will surprise you!

Besides the new man in my life things have been a bit challenging as of late. Namely, a broken computer, graduation, and the start of a new job. All of these things have prompted me to take a brief hiatus, as I am sure you’ve noticed. I have to admit that getting back into the groove of things after stepping away for a while is not easy. Perhaps we’ve become conditioned to think about hiatuses in terms of epic band breakups and consequent reunions. So we set ourselves up to think that we need to come back with a bang in order to justify our hiatus. But the truth is, life is about balance and stuff happens. You won’t always be able to juggle everything perfectly and you may feel guilty or like a failure when things slip through the cracks but life is about prioritizing and sometimes that means letting somethings go in order to take care of yourself, your loved ones, or the challenges that life will inevitably throw your way.

Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll you that I am the queen of “can’t say no.” My ambition and drive are both a blessing and curse, pushing me in my personal and professional growth but also leading to inevitable burn out. So as I dive back into blogging, working full time, and family (dog included) responsibilities I am approaching things a bit differently. My hope is that these tips will help you to have a productive but enjoyable summer and help you to avoid burn out.

1. Take a Break
Bathroom breaks, walk the dog breaks, chat with your cubicle neighbor breaks, take some breaks.
Not only will your mental sanity improve but so will your productivity.

2. Establish a Routine of Weekly TLC
and stick to it!
For me, taking a few hours to blow out my hair, do my nails, and spend some quality time with
Hulu, Netflix, or HBO is all I need to get rejuvenated for the week ahead.

3. Manage Your Time
(don’t let your time manage you)
Whenever possible plan ahead and give yourself a time frame within which to accomplish tasks
so that you don’t get sucked into being a perfectionist and end up in an endless loop.

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