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(CW: Anxiety, Depression)
Been having a real shit couple of weeks, mental health wise. I've started to feel my anxiety more viscerally than before, rather than it just being something that influenced my actions and caused me paralysis. I suppose that's progress of a sort, but it hurts *so much*. >.<
Some of this is burnout, because some things at work have come to a bit of a head as of late. Though I was asked, as opposed to my last job, I'm still on the hook for far too much at the moment, and it's breaking me down. There's a ton of reasons for that, but I need to somehow have a conversation with my boss about trimming down my role. Needless today, I'm scared as fuck to have that talk, and the fact that my boss is a friend makes it even harder. >.<
But there's a lot more to it than that. I haven't been feeling myself in weeks, and apparently haven't really been listening to music for a couple months. I knew I hadn't been listening a lot lately, but when Dakota told me it was months, I was honestly shocked. I can't even remember the last time I felt this disconnected from it. >.< Considering that music is probably the main reason I'm even alive to write this, that's not a good sign. >.<
It feels stupid that I feel like this right now, because I've made so much positive progress as of late. My name change is more or less done (just the passport left). I've written more than ever before, and read so much more, too. Even my finances are finally recovering (slowly, but thanks to a now-healthy cat and a fantastic car mechanic). I even bought a portable A/C unit so I don't roast this summer, something I desperately wished for last year. >.<
But when you can't even feel safe and warm at home, cuddled up with your kitty in your arms, something's really, really wrong. >.< When your gaze just slides off, without really registering the joy and happiness in your puppy's eyes, something's *horribly* wrong. >.< And when you feel like crawling back into bed and just shaking until you die...  >.<
I don't know what's wrong with me right now, but I'm going to have to start taking drastic measures. The last time I felt happy and safe was back when my phone broke and I was "stuck in the 90s", having cut myself off from my laptop that same week. Pretty sure I'm going to have to do that again. >.< Hopefully the lack of insane amounts of input will help. >.<
Anyways, suffice to say that I have been having a horrible time as of late. Guess it shows a little in the fact that I'm at Wicked Grounds as I write this, because goodness knows it's been a long time since I wrote a ripped-open journal here. >.<
Anyways, I just wish I could wake up one morning refreshed. That I could have one good day to put myself back together. I hope it doesn't wait too long. >.<

Date: 2017-03-26 01:28 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] tixagon
tixagon: Mawr looking distressed. (Tears)
*gentle, caring, loving hugs* ;~;

Date: 2017-05-09 05:31 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] tixagon
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Always. ♥️

Date: 2017-03-26 11:54 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] deskitty
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*hugs* I can sympathize. I think it's easy to put so much of yourself into something (or many things) that once you're finally in a better place, that reality doesn't actually sink in and you just feel tired. When you burn yourself out, your reward circuits break.

Some of this is burnout, because some things at work have come to a bit of a head as of late. Though I was asked, as opposed to my last job, I'm still on the hook for far too much at the moment, and it's breaking me down.

As a fellow burnout sufferer, I'll pass on an exercise I got from my boss (which I've gradually refined, having done it a few times now myself):

  1. Write down everything you're responsible for in one big list.
  2. Write down how much of your time (at a rough estimate) you're spending on each of those things.
  3. Sort by priority, whatever that means to you. (There are a few ways to prioritize; one of my favorites is to ask, "What happens if I don't ever do this?")
  4. Identify the low-priority things you don't have time for—just draw a line somewhere, and everything below the line has to go.
  5. Decide how best to drop, delegate or defer those things. Getting those things off your list entirely is now your #1 priority.

I know this is only a small part of what's going on, but hopefully it helps you get some space back in your life to tackle the rest of it. :/

— Des

Edited (formatting fixes) Date: 2017-03-26 11:54 pm (UTC)


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