11 Feb Refocusing for Spring
We’re already one month into the Spring semester…
How you doing, Mom? Are you relating with Lucy and Ethel as they frantically try to pull all the chocolates off the conveyer belt?
I imagine that they both enjoy chocolate but, as we can see in this clip, too much of something (even something you love) can make your stomach turn.
Turns out, there’s a name for this: Passion Burnout. The psychologist Herbert Freudenberger discovered this in the 1970s while working with doctors, nurses, and other professions that were centered around serving people. If this doesn’t sound like a homeschool mom, I don’t know what does.
It’s why the person who used to love baking all their life grows to resent their thriving bakery. Or why the once-eager photographer leaves their Canon in its case.
Fortunately, there are some steps you can take when you start to feel this Passion Burnout.
Just Say No
Put down that chocolate! A homeschool mom I used to nanny for taught me to “say ‘no’ to the good thing so you can say ‘yes’ to the best thing.” Stop trying to grab all the chocolates so you can select those ones that help make your homeschool what you want it to be.
When you attempt to just say no as instructed above, you’re going to start noticing people around you that are “doing it all”. Allegedly. Don’t compare your agenda, your kids, your homeschool room, your [FILL IN THE BLANK] to someone else’s. You don’t want their conveyor belt so just put on some blinders.
Remember that Self-Care!
Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others! We featured a post last year about Battling Burnout and Self-Shame using self-care. The tips in there can easily be applied to passion burnout as well.
Someone once said, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Which is bonkers. Sometimes doing what you’re passionate about takes lots and lots of work (like raising awesome humans). But it’s worth it and with good proactive and reactive steps you can keep passion burnout at bay.