How to avoid burnout (or; why most burnout advice is bullshit)

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How to avoid burnout (or; why most burnout advice is bullshit)

Yesterday I had started writing a blog about the worst pieces of burnout advice I had ever heard, when a friend sent me a message. She was kind of laughing and rolling her eyes because burnout has become such a ‘cool’ (or should that be hot?) topic that people who have absolutely no clue about it are writing about it.

And I rolled my eyes and said of course…. and promptly deleted my ‘worst burnout advice’ blog.

Why? Well the bitchy part of my soul says ‘because they’re already writing it for me’ [/Muttley laugh] but mainly because, well the vast majority of burnout advice is BS.

No, really, it is.

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Dealing with disapproval and derision

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Dealing with disapproval and derision

As I write this blog, I feel a little rubbed all over with sandpaper, salt and lemon juice. Just call me the human margarita.

Yesterday I shared a post on linkedin that I thought was fairly innocuous. Random man makes poorly executed overture, I have a conversation with him to try and get him to understand that sliding into someone’s DM’s with ‘nice pic’ isn’t an overture worthy of the name of Casanova and that it’s kind of insulting. I share the slightly insidious feeling outcome with a lesson around boundaries.

Damn. You would think I would learn by now, wouldn’t you?

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Why being professional is less important than being you

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Why being professional is less important than being you

So there I was, sitting on the dusty flagstone floor in my best black dress and suit jacket, one dog sitting on my lap, the other methodically removing all makeup from my face, and she walks in and says ‘and you must be Leah’

But let me take you back a moment.

Where did you learn to be professional?

Most of us who haven’t grown up in the world of lawyers and doctors and accountants start mimicking early in our careers. Even if your parents were the most professional professionals in the professional money, I’d stake next month’s mortgage payment on you having, deliberately or otherwise, copied them.

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I'm tired, run down and ill; here's what I'm doing and using to change that

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I'm tired, run down and ill; here's what I'm doing and using to change that

This isn’t necessarily one of those deeply inspirational blogs, but it’s written out of pure transparency.

I like to call myself a former burnout queen but the truth is, I’m further down that burnout scale than I would love right now. For the past year nearly I’ve been working 40-60 hour weeks again, never really switching off and that’s shown.

I’ve gotten ill, frequently.

Some of my old burnout symptoms are showing up (regular tension headaches/migraines, back pain, insomnia flare ups, low mood/depression).

Here’s what I know.

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