There’s a theme threading its way through my work, home, and social media channels. I sense we are coming to a state in this pandemic that is akin to burnout. It’s not burnout in the traditional sense, when your work and life are off balance. I think it is related to the bizarre choices we are forced to make, or are being made for us.
Imagine we are all in this advanced math class where the logic sets get switched out for every equation. And we must choose at random from improbable variables and rework the equation again. Each time, the equation spits out the wrong answer. But there are only wrong answers. And we have to pick the wrong answer that is least wrong based on the corner of the equation we can see and based on this moment only, because – by the way – we’re in the Quantum Realm, and by choosing X instead of Y we’ve just spun off some accidental, even more terrible future and…
It’s exhausting and unfair. Can we collectively admit this?
We’re running low on willpower as a species, and that leads to burnout. What can we do about it? We have to keep going. You can’t put the pandemic down and come back to it when you’ve refilled your tank.
One thing we can do is take care of ourselves. I am not a fan of the phrase “self care.” It evokes images of people with lots of free time and perfect skin, lounging around at a spa with hot rocks on their eyes sighing with bliss a lot. (Actually that sounds really nice, never mind.) But caring for your brain, body, and spirit right now is survival. It’s not extra credit. We’re burning all our pistons right now and something is going to crack if we don’t take care of our machinery.
So that’s why I’m drinking Sleepytime tea every night this week and going to bed on time. I’m going to listen to the universe. I hope it speaks to you through this blog if you also need to hear it.
What am I grateful for today?
I had a really nice, silly evening with the kids today. And my dinner turned out nice – I made fettuccine with roasted tomatoes and shrimp. The baby loves shrimp! Who knew?