Why I am grateful for my burn-out

why I am grateful for my burn-out

Getting a burn-out does not sound like fun at all, but somehow I am grateful for it. We all know the bad sides of it. In the beginning, I was just tired and later I felt fatigued all the time. I lost a lot of ‘friends’ because I was always too tired to hang out. And yes maybe I have lost a lot of things and at first, you can’t see the good in those dark times. But after a while, I finally understood why this had to happen, so this blog post is about why I am grateful for my burn-out.

Know who your true friends are

Friends are there for you when you need them, not only when they need you and in happy times. That is why I am grateful for them, they know exactly what I need, what to say and what not say. They respect that I need more alone time every now and then. So I can focus on myself. And I like that I have fewer friends now because that means fewer birthday parties and that is perfect for introverts like me. And I know that these friends I still have, really care about me.

Finding out who I really am

I was doing a great job at my school but never thought about what my life would look like when I would graduate. In my second year of my Bachelor, I started to think about it. At first, I just knew that I did not want to wear formal clothes.  It makes me feel uncomfortable. And I guess what I was doing was okay, but that was just it. During my internships, I just sat at a desk and had meetings. I also had to take the lead and had a lot of responsibilities, which is cool when you are just an intern. But I was standing in the spotlight. I had to give presentations. I did not like to be in the spotlights. Which is funny though, because of my blog I am also in the spotlight. But it feels different and safer. I do almost everything from home and not face to face.

During my burn-out, I found out that I am actually a creative person. During my exams, I was always drawing. I love to write. One of the reasons why I started blogging. And as a result of my burn-out, I grew as a person. Before I did not care about the environment, mental health and more. Maybe it was because I was still young and now that I am older I care more about those important things. I don’t know. But I am happy that I do care now.

Do you have/had a burn-out?

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2 Replies to “Why I am grateful for my burn-out”

  1. Sometimes burn out is a good way of telling us how we need to recharge and let our energy and body regain strength. Love this article.

  2. This really resonated with me. We live in such a crazy high-pressured society and when we’re running around trying to keep up it’s so easy to head for a burn-out. I definitely experienced it a few months ago – and I think that mine taught me some lessons too. Thank you for this.

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