How many times have you been completely frustrated with the day, the week, and maybe the year? We've all been there at some point where it feels like nothing is going right for us, and we don't want to do, or what we do want to do we know is we want to pull our hair out. We want to scream. I punch things. I punch my car seat every now and then. I just punch the passenger seat because it's so frustrating when I'm driving around and nothing's going right.
So how do you recover from burnout? It's so easy to get caught up in a cycle where you just continuously have work to do. There's just never a break. And you feel like there's never a break coming. How do you stop yourself from getting burnt out? And if you are burnt out, how do you turn that around? How do you pull yourself back into a healthy state of mind? Because it's tough to recover from.
What do you do when you're so depressed you can't get out of bed? It's super hard when you don't know what to do, when you feel like you've gotten yourself stuck in a rut, and you feel hopeless. You feel like there's not an answer within your grasp. You might feel like every time you even see a problem, it just starts compounding, and all of a sudden it builds and builds, and you start finding yourself spiralling further down into a hole. The further you get down, the harder it is to get out.
Why your suffering will teach you more than your success ever could is a common question I get. People are always asking me things like “how do I find away to get unstuck?” “I'm always finding myself overtired.” “I've been working a long time, long days, and I don't know what to do.” “I feel confused, and I'm not sure where to turn.” But, that's a common problem to feel so lost and uncertain. We've all been there at different times, and it absolutely is a challenging thing to figure out where to go and where the next step is.
The post-Olympic crash is real! It was something that was so far out of my thoughts that I would ever have to deal with that problem when I was competing. I completely pushed it out of the back of my mind. I said “there's no way that's going to happen to me. I've got everything figured out and if I do encounter any kind of challenges, they aren't going to be that big and I can handle it all on my own.”