Breaking through Burnout

Push through it!

Get over it!

Mind over Matter!


Can I not?

I am just burnt out!

Honestly, EVERYONE gets burnt out sometimes.

Whether you are sick or well…Life has a way of getting to everyone!

And today- it got to me. I wrote in my last blog about having to do these kidney/bladder treatments at the hospital, two hours away, for six weeks.  I was supposed to get up early this morning and head into the local social security office to manage my fight for disability then go on the two hour trip one way to the hospital for treatment…..aaaaannnnnnd neither of these things happened today.

I just felt absolutely burnt out.

How does one breakthrough the feelings of burnout?

How do you get over the feelings of being stuck in a rut, being trapped or hopeless?

Below are some tips that help me keep my sanity-


 Get out of your mind!

Yes, this sounds crazy, deranged and impossible- but it’s the greatest thing that helps me the most.

What do I mean by this statement?   I mean you have to get away from your own thoughts sometimes. I tend to get overwhelmed and upset when I feel out of control. I start thinking about how I wish I was still in medical school, how I wish I was still working, how I wish life was different……then I end up spiraling into despair and it only gets worse. So, I have to get OUT of my mind by doing things such as:

A- Write down every positive thing in your life. Just write down the happy moments, the blessings and all the good things  you are thankful for.

I read my list and try to have an “attitude of gratitude.”

B- Write down the sad things in your life on a piece of paper, then shred or rip that paper and say (or yell) the affirmation “These things DO NOT define me!”

C- Replace every negative thought with two positive ones.

Example- I can’t drive right now, I feel dependent.   BUT- I still have my car and one day I’ll drive again and I will be independent!

Change your mind and you’ll change your attitude.


Learn to say no!

You are still in control of your life!

Example- Today I had a full schedule of things I was supposed to do. I woke up in increased pain and was completely exhausted, so I called my friend who was supposed to take me to all these events and was like NOPE. Not feeling this today.

(Yes, I know there are somethings you HAVE to do….see # 9 for these situations)

I took control of my day and you can too.

If you don’t feel like doing something, you have the HUMAN RIGHT to say no!




Change your surroundings.

I know we’ve all heard the saying about the feeling of “the walls closing in.” I never fully understood that until I was homebound. Feeling trapped doesn’t help anyone’s mental state. When I feel this way, I try to change my surroundings. I may not be able to get in the car and drive anywhere, but at least I go outside and sit in the sun.

A change of scenery is definitely needed if you feel the walls closing in.

Go outside! It helps.


Surround yourself with good people.

A great way to refuel your burnt out spirit is to get around people that you can ENJOY life with. People that encourage you, listen to you and make you laugh can help you heal when you feel like you’re at wit’s end.

Call a friend, send a text or email….

There is no shame in  reaching out if you need a good friend’s company!


Eliminate as many stressors as you can.

Whether they be physical, emotional, spiritual or mental. Try to de-clutter as much as possible. If someone is speaking negatively to you, DO not engage in the conversation. Eliminate as many toxic people as you can.

Avoid things that trigger increased pain, sadness or stress.

Are there certain things that increase stress in your life?

Are there people you need to avoid?

Are there situations that hurt you?

Try to get away from as much negativity as possible….and when it’s not possible, care for yourself as best as you are able to.

If you have to face a negative situation, reward yourself with something positive afterwards.


Enjoy the little things in life.

Pamper yourself in tiny, special ways EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Example- Take a hot bubble bath, read a book, drink a smoothie, watch a good movie, wrap up in a soft blanket, light a candle, listen to a calming playlist-

Do something that comforts you.

If you are burnt out, you need to refresh your mind, body and spirit. Little things go a long way…..


Assess your life.

If you are in a state of feeling burnt out- figure out why. You cannot improve something that you don’t fully understand.

Keep a daily journal. It will give you pieces to the puzzle that is your life. When you can see all the pieces, you can put the picture together. You may not be able to fix everything, but figuring out your triggers, stressors and problems will help you cope with them.


Take care of yourself.

I’ve said many times in this blog, SELF CARE IS NOT SELFISH!  You cannot lift anyone else up with broken wings. You HAVE to take care of yourself- Because if you don’t, you can’t help anyone else.

Be sure you are taking care of your needs. Eat properly, hydrate, rest, sleep & relax.

Ask for help if you need it.



Acceptance & Action.

I firmly believe that problems lose their power once you confront them and accept them. Some things in this life cannot be changed, but life must go on. When we accept the challenges we have to face, they no longer have power over us.

Wallowing in self pity never solves any problems.

Dreading upcoming events/changes/issues we cannot change will only keep us defeated and depressed. We all have battles we have to overcome in this life, some daily….but that doesn’t mean we have to give in.

When you accept your problems, you own your power.

You fight for what you can change and accept what you can’t.




Feel your emotions.

Sometimes we are so focused on being strong and battling what we must face that we bottle it all in and suppress our emotions. I believe there is a difference in giving up and giving in. All humans need to give in to their emotions in a healthy way in order to process them and get through them. It’s okay to cry when things get hard. It’s okay to reach out if you need support. It’s okay to be vulnerable. To truly feel, accept and work through your emotions isn’t weakness- it’s true strength. Any fool can lash out in anger, but it takes a strong person to be honest with their emotions.Let it out. Let it go.  Free yourself of the bondage of your burdens.


Everyone feels overwhelmed at some point in life, but you can breakthrough the burnout!

Wishing you health & hope.

Love, Win ❤



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2 thoughts on “Breaking through Burnout

  1. Darlene Jackson August 15, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with me. Honestly, It has made me look at life a little different. God Bless you Winslow.


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