Finally an explanation as to why I’ve sporadically dropped off the planet during the past couple of years: I’ve been through two miscarriages and am now pregnant for the third time. Buckle up, it’s a long one.
I’ve got a long history of ripping on January. Historically, I’ve hated it. I’ve called it the worst month of the year, the most depressing month of the year, and if there’d ever been a petition to bin January then my signature would have been right at the top. I mean, let’s be honest; at face value, there’s not a lot to like. It’s dark, it’s gloomy, there’s all that new year/new you pressure, all the Christmas fashion’s on the floor in the sale section, and – let’s be honest – the bank account’s always in a state of recovery this time of year. So I was more than a little bit surprised when the other day (in the middle of cleaning my bathroom – that’s when all the big thinking in my life happens, clearly) that so far, I’ve actually really enjoyed January.
Burnout isn’t just about feeling tired; it’s a total and utter max-out in energy – period. You don’t just feel tired, you feel drained of everything that keeps you going on a day to day basis. For example, the creative energy that you need to be able to come up with new ideas at work? All out. All that social energy you need to maintain relationships? Gone. The motivation to go out, to get some exercise and stick to your usual, healthy routine? All out. If you’re feeling tired, overwhelmed, uninspired and are struggling to keep up with your friends and maintain your usual healthy routine then all signs point to burnout, baby.
Aside from the lovely, summery weather, I’m counting down five things I’ve been enjoying throughout April, from TV to Tea…
We’re all guilty of slipping into that old self-deprecating comedy routine in social situations, aren’t we? Whether we’re with our mates or with a whole crowd of new faces – it’s an easy way to seem more human – more relatable – to come across as humble instead of arrogant and therefore more likeable. In theory! But are we harming ourselves in the process?