Burnout Solution 13: Feeling Bad is Good

Updated: Dec 22, 2018

This burnout thing… why do I feel so bad? That’s the question we all ask ourselves. I can’t answer this for you of course. What I can do however is that your bad feeling really is a paradox. You need to feel bad. It’s crucial for your recovery. Feeling bad is your oxygen, your fuel, your fire and your incentive to change things.

I am aware of how hard it can be to reach this conclusion. You feel bad. How can that be good? Maybe some of you know it but don’t really feel it yet. That’s ok. All I’m saying is that as signals, the negative feelings are very useful.

It will take time to decode them properly. As will all feelings really, burnout or no burnout. Yet in a normal healthy state we wouldn’t really fret much about having a bad day or a bad feeling about something. In our burned out state, we can make it a bigger deal than other people would.

And maybe that’s a good thing. You’ve landed in this burnout for a reason. So you might want to try to figure out what it is that makes you feel so bad. Acknowledging and embracing the feeling will lead you to its source, ultimately giving you a chance to correct that thing that is making you feel miserable.

In other words, negative feelings are signals. They are normal. They are healthy. And yes, when you listen to them, they are good.

And take it easy. Love.