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11 Lessons from Burnout

The one positive thing to come from going through a tough period is personal growth. It doesn’t feel positive when you’re going through it of course, but you come out the other side realising how much you’ve learnt and the knowledge you’ve gained. Not just about yourself, but about the world too. Getting through Burnout alive was one of these periods of huge growth for me, and it’s only been recently that I’ve looked back and realised Wow – I’ve come a long way! This post is all about the lessons I learnt through Burnout recovery and making it through…

My Burnout Story

I’ve been quite apprehensive about writing this post. Not because I’m embarrassed or have anything to hide, but because I’m still figuring the ‘story’ out for myself. And most of all, how the story ends. I’m almost there but not rushing the process. It’s been a long road and while incredibly painful at times looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. So back to the start. I’ve always been Type-A. Do more, be more, achieve more was practically tattooed on my arm. This attitude all came to a head about two years ago when I started to notice the warning…

11 Ways to recover from Burnout

You can recover from Burnout. I’ve done it, against all odds, and while pregnant. It’s tough, and it’s a long road, but it does get so much easier with time. It’s likely going to be much easier for you than it was for me – unless you are also bedridden with morning sickness and surviving solely on white potatoes (that’s a story for another time!) I believe these are the necessary steps you need to progress through in order to come out the other side of Burnout thriving. Right now that might seem like a long way off, and that’s…

On overwhelm

It’s been a hard couple of weeks in our house. I’ve discovered that a teething baby that’s learning how to walk and talk does not sleep well. It’s left me feeling overwhelmed from sleep deprivation, and without motivation to do much but lay on the couch and stare blankly at the wall. But I’ve also learnt something extremely valuable amongst all of the chaos these last few weeks. In addition to the dishes being left unwashed, toys not being put away and general “crap everywhere” situation, there’s been things to do. I mean there’s always things to do, but particularly…

Why I started this blog

As of today, its been about a year since I started my recovery from burnout. A year since I hit ‘delete’ on my to do list, and blew up my life as I knew it. I’ve done a lot of thinking. Decompressing. It’s been great. I have slowly unravelled from a period of overwork that I now see lasted the best part of five years. They say there is no substitute for time, and unfortunately for us Type-A’s, that really is true. The irony that the hardest thing of all is actually doing nothing. For ‘doer’s’ this is excruciating. After…

Coming home nearly killed me, but I wouldn’t change it for a second

Almost two years have passed since my husband and I repatriated home to Australia – a move I had looked forward to for years – yet never imagined it would push me to the brink of a breakdown. Ten years in London, gone in the blink of an eye. We didn’t have to come back of course, but there was a yearning we’d both felt over the years, a pull that had increased with the start of each new one. Wanting to start a family well into our thirties played a part no doubt, and having a baby in a…

So it begins…

Hello there! Welcome to Always In The Deep End. I’m Nicole and I’m a writer. Well, I want to be a writer you see. I’ve been writing for YEARS in one form or another – Creative writing at school, Masters essays in my former life as a Scientist and some travel and health blogs I experimented with back when blogging was semi-cool, semi-weird. The thing is, I’ve never really stuck with writing over the long term. It’s been a recurring theme throughout my life and something I’ve always loved doing since I was a kid… but for whatever reason my practice…