Recently, I visited one of my best friends who had a bit of a fallback in her burnout cycle. Although she's been doing all the right things, she sometimes still doesn't feel it yet. She cried and then finally felt some positive vibes. So in this blog I wanted to pay attention to your process and give you a great insight into your recovery, namely that the night is darkest before the dawn.
It can be really frustrating knowing you are totally going in the right direction but having that good feeling lingering a few weeks or so behind your actual progress. One especially funny and strange thing is that you'll actually start to look better when you're recovering from your burnout before you feel it. Your body is restoring quicker than your mind is.
That's a good thing. Recovering from burnout is in my opinion much more about the physical than most professional helpers will have you believe. But I also want you to know I understand that lingering feeling of unease very, very well. The truth is that when you are coming out of the burnout, it takes time to adjust. And every time such an adjustment occurs, it can feel as if you are still knee deep in the negative.
You are not. You are just more sensitive to the warning signs. You may think you have a fallback, maybe even call it that, but in truth it's just your alarm bells who are tuned more precisely.
Now don't get me wrong, you must give this feeling the space it needs of course. It may not be as bad as you feel it - remember, feelings are not facts - but it still is a signal that is best taken seriously. You will however notice it'll be much easier to snap out of now that on previous occasions. Your alarm bell may go off more quickly, but your ability to adjust has also gone up dramatically.
The final stages can feel the hardest, just as the night is darkest just before the dawn. But that dawn is definitely already in the air. You may not see it yet. But you can smell it.
Take it easy as always. Love.