Writer’s Block.

It is currently 28 degrees celsius, and my creative juices have completely dried up.

Writer’s block. What is it? Generally, it is known as a creative slowdown, where you cannot think of things to write about, or when anything you want to write about isn’t coming out like you want it to. And let me tell you, I have never understood it more than when I do right now.

I am sitting here in front of my laptop, knowing I have a blog schedule to follow. Knowing that I need to write. And yet my brain has just decided to stop producing.

Something I’m struggling with mental-health-wise lately is an all or nothing mentality that I have. I will push myself to my limit one day, work from the minute I get up to the minute I sleep, I will eat meals at my desk, and stress myself beyond compare. And the next day, I feel unwell. Why? Because I pushed myself too hard. I burn out, and end up having the laziest day imaginable, sometimes not even getting out of bed.

With that last point in mind, I pushed myself yesterday. I mean really pushed myself. Did it go well? Yes, I got a lot done. Was it good for me mentally? No. I preach self care and taking the time to take care of yourself, and yet I’m ignoring my own advice. What’s with that?? And here I am today, sweltering under the heat of the day and with no motivation to do anything whatsoever.

And don’t get me wrong. Days like today are fine. You’re allowed to feel burnt out, you’re allowed to get run down. Heck, you’re even allowed to have sad days. Who knew??? But this vicious “all or nothing” cycle is doing nothing for me mentally. It’s not healthy. And it’s time to change.

With that, I’ve made a new schedule. And I am making sure to actually schedule time for meditation, and self care.

Musing: why do we believe we don’t deserve self-care? Why is it not seen as a necessity? We take care of our bodies all the time, yet people rarely check in with their mind.

And so I don’t go any further off course, my writer’s block was definitely spurred on by the fact that I have burnt out.

Does anyone have any times to surviving a burn out? If you have any tips, please leave them below! Even better if you have a blog post about it! I need the advice.

Until next time,

Shauna xx

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