A Last Minute College Essay but it’s Actually just my Blog

A picture of me after coloring my hair and doing my makeup—I’m in my bed because I’m tired but still trying to look like I “have it together”

Hello Readers, if you read this long-winded title you might be thinking, “what the hell is this?”.

If so, I’m glad you asked!

Also, I don’t know either.

Essentially, this post is what it says it is…except I’m not in college and it’s basically just a filler blog because so much has been happening but also nothing that I can necessarily put into words at the moment. Still, I think this can be a good opportunity to discuss burnout and how it can contribute to creativity blocks and an ultimate inability to do simple tasks.

I want to start by saying that I love writing this blog. It is very therapeutic for me and I enjoy bringing some new discussions, opinions, and information that some of you might not have seen a lot of before. I am ecstatic when I feel that an experience I have shared has potentially helped somebody.

All of these things make writing this bog worth it to me and I value the opportunity to put words to how I am feeling.

Still, like anyone (especially lately), I struggle with the ongoing battle of burning out.

My experience is, I have a full time job, animals at home who I love and care for, plus a house that I would at least like to have partially cleaned. I am fortunate because I am not alone. I have roommates here to help with some of the day-to-day essentials. We all burn out though and sometimes it’s all at once.

When that happens, tasks continuously pile up until we all have the capability to deal with them again. By the time that happens, there is so much to do that it essentially leaves no time for anything else. When mental illness accompanies it, the result can be even more damaging and overwhelming. It’s almost like you have to find a way to even just go through the motions.

My point is, burn out can be normal. Mental illness is also more common than people understand.

The important thing is to gauge it and gain an understanding for when and why it’s happening. When it does, as unproductive as it might sound, listen to your body and take a day for you, even it involves doing “nothing” (also, depending on how often it occurs, consider seeking help if possible). Listening to yourself in that moment is detrimental to your overall performance and health in this life.

How?

Well, if you choose to ignore the signs that you need to rest and recharge, you will more likely than not, get to a place where doing anything (even things you love) become impossible. It’s more than a feeling at that point but a physical incapability to do tasks as normal, and you might also find them to be less enjoyable. Ultimately, it can even permanently ruin something that you used to enjoy because you start seeing it as a chore.

In conclusion, be gentle with yourself, listen to yourself, and take care off yourself. I promise you, the world won’t end if you have to take some time for yourself and if anything you’ll be more refreshed and productive if you do!

Published by gcalavano

I am a 24 year old who uses the following pronouns: she/her/they/them. I am queer and mentally ill and I’m just trying to live and figure out how to remain true to myself but also grow as I go!

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