Several times in my life I have experienced what many people refer to as burnout. Recently I have been feeling a little burned out with my busy life of being a full-time teacher, a full-time graduate student, as well as a young person trying to have a social life. But the most significant times of burnout in my life have been centered around my studies of music and dance.
I find that burnout is caused by not enough time to focus on the important things in life, such as taking care of yourself and maintaining healthy relationships with your family and friends. I live and breathe music and dance, but I still need to have a boundary for myself, so if for some reason one of these has taken over my life too much that is when I feel a sense of burnout towards that aspect of my life. I start to resent what has taken over my time and I look for a source of relief. Most of the time this relief is just simply a break to do something else.
Because of my recent burnout towards graduate school I decided to do some research as to why people get this way, what signs to look for, and how to prevent it. I found some articles one about Musicians and the other about Dancers and why they have burnout, the article about dancers is much more scientific and I feel could be applied to just about any career. Plus the article about dancers covers the symptoms as well as management techniques to get back on track.
As we go about our busy lives, I would like you to take a look at your life and see if you are experiencing any burnout. Make sure you take steps to maintain your health (both physical and mental) and prevent the destruction to your life that burnout can bring.