I spent the morning shopping today. I don’t like shopping at any other time of year, but at Christmas time, I like to actually go in the stores and find gifts that I think my loved ones will be extremely happy with. I usually have a list of general ideas, but then I wait for the perfect thing to just jump out and say, “I’m perfect for so-and-so.”
This time of year we spend a lot of time and effort looking for that perfect gift for others, but sometimes we need to give ourselves some gifts too, especially if we have fibromyalgia or any other chronic illness. No, I’m not talking about the gifts we can find online or in stores. I’m talking about the kind of gifts we should be giving ourselves year-round, but get so overwhelmed by our circumstances that we sometimes forget. Gifts like:
Compassion for ourselves. We…
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Does this look familiar?
Today, I want to start off by saying it does not matter if you have an existing mental illness or not. We are all at risk for burnout.
Physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.
Are you burning out?
In Canada, billions of dollars (yes, billions) are spent related to mental health problems in the workplace. This accounts for over 75% of short term disability claims.
It’s an epidemic.
I have fell victim to burnout before. In hindsight, I feel I could have prevented it had I paid more attention to the signs. I would like to go over some of the signs today in the hopes that if you’re reading this, you can catch and prevent burnout before it’s too late.
1. Sleep Disturbances:
I place a lot of importance on this one. Proper sleep is crucial for our mental…
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