The pandemic has dramatically changed life for me and those closest to me. My social circle has diminished due to my role as a caregiver for my elder mother. Visits with others have a new protocol of caution and discomfort due to our aim for pandemic safety.
I'm tired of the wide divide between myself and others regarding the importance of protecting others from Covid risk. I miss the freedom of being able to socialize with total strangers without a face mask or wondering if they are carrying a risk of threat to my elder mother.
I got so busy helping and protecting others that my life became entirely derailed from my personal and career goals. My recent chapter of constant challenges plus the horrific current news about the world have worn my energy and focus. My sleep quality and quantity had never been worse.
This level of burnout and floundering is unlike me. I am a person with relentless drive and initiative to lead others toward positivity through my abundant positive energy. Usually.
I recently saw life coach Mel Robbins talk about her Reset Workshop. She made me realize my exhaustion from the new pandemic norm and the state of our world is not unusual. Burnout from stress is as real and normal for me as it is for others.
I burnt candles at both ends for others and for too long. I need to take care of myself to be my best for others. Such a cliche! But self-care is still the root of my problem and the solution.
The idea of a total reboot inspired me. I decided to do my version of a complete RESET. Wipe the slate clean. Start fresh.
How to RESET your energy and creative flow after burnout
My version of RESET:
R = Regularly rest your body, mind, and spirit. REST is FIRST because when you have burnout, you need rest to replenish your energy.
Limit screen use and work hours. Do nothing more often.
Seriously. Do nothing.
Daydream. Take a nap. Mindlessly walk in nature. Listen to music. Go to your happy place. Stay there a while.
E = Essentials only. Drop the stuff that matters less.
As a caregiver and a solo entrepreneur, my task list is endless. It is HARD for me to drop things because I feel like it all matters.
But only the essentials matter.
You diminish your task list when you focus on what you want to achieve.
Focus on the one thing that will make an impact on your goal.
For me, that is finishing the revision of my book for new and returning piano learners. The rest can wait.
S = Stay in your lane. Start focusing on your priorities for joy and for making a positive impact. Letting go of extra stuff leaves room for what matters most.
Do what lights you up. Be true to yourself with what you have to offer the world. Being authentic is how you access your confidence zone and where you feel your natural enthusiasm. People with enthusiasm and confidence bring joy to the world.
E = Embrace what nurtures you. For me, that's morning prayer first. Then, more nature, movement, art, music, journaling, reading fiction, and friendship.
And more sleep.
Guard your self-care activities with your whole life. These things are what fuel your holistic wellness.
T = Team-build for accountability and support. Make a pact with a friend or family member, join a group of like-minded achievers, or leave a comment and I'll be your accountability buddy.
Sharing struggles and goals with others relieves stress, brings motivation, and boosts your energy for achieving goals or making it through the dark side to the sunlight again.
Don’t go it alone. Join forces with others. What you bring to the table helps them, too.
What's up next for YourCreativeChord:
Let's drop tasks that keep us constantly busy. Instead, let's do what means more to us; creating value and encouragement for you and me.
I start this new direction by completing the rewrite of my book, Start Piano: What You Need For Successful Learning.
Once I launch my book, my next project is to complete my Essential Piano Basics course for new and returning piano learners.
I hold myself accountable by openly sharing my book writing and course creation process with you. I am pushing myself to break through any obstacle to getting my words on the page and my courses completed. Sharing my creative process means coming to you as I am--mistakes, warts, ugly truths, and all.
These are my credentials for being the person you can trust to tell you what you need to know about living a creative and inspired life.
Sometimes that involves forging ahead with courage through the dark or difficult moments.
Other times we must step back to absorb life and rejuvenate our hearts and souls. That's where I am now.
Next, I will launch a series of new podcasts on nurturing creativity and inspiration.
New podcast episodes include my best creativity tips and examples of creative flow, inspiring stories, spiritually uplifting poetry, and encouragement for personal development.
Are you ready to hit the RESET button?
If YOU need a RESET, let me know you are with me. We will support each other!
Leave a comment to let me know:
Need fresh encouragement right now?
Check out this music and nature video I made:
Relieve Your Stress
Or, check out this photo essay:
Keep Looking For Moments Like These
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