I have toyed with the idea for a while now to do a bi-monthly post in which I pose some questions or thoughts to the AP readership and get their feedback and ideas on it. I know that AP has a diverse and educated readership and I am very interested in seeing your responses (as would the rest of your fellow prepared citizens).
For this inaugural post, I thought I would expand upon a comment I made a few days ago on JC Dodge’s “Murica” post. I know that for nearly everyone in the Preparedness community, burn out is a real thing. This burn out could be for a wide variety of reasons:
- Being pulled in too many directions
- Getting overwhelmed in another area of your life – job, family, etc
- Feeling like everything you are doing is pointless anyways
- Having a To-Do list a mile long and never seeming to make progress on it
I experience this too. I started off the year going to a bunch of training with NC Scout as well as making some progress on things at the house. Between a house move and a side job picking up, however, I soon found my capacity overwhelmed and began to get slightly discouraged. I felt like I was stuck at an impasse and could not dig myself out to make progress on the preps. A few weeks ago, I had a three day weekend from work and imbibed my fair share of Jim Beam at a bunch of family gatherings we had. It was waking up the next day after all of this that I got my proverbial “slap in the face” and instantly got refocused. It was almost like my mind said “okay Patriotman, you had your fun party time – now get back to the grind”. I soon found that my PT and workouts were getting back to the old intensity. My To-Do list suddenly started to actually move in the right direction and shorten. I was back on my game and ready to do work.
This isn’t an isolated incident. This happens to me a couple times a year, when for a few weeks I just give myself a mental freedom binge and get my wilder crazier side out of my system. It seems to keep me moving forward on the right path. Sometimes, it manifests itself as a couple nights of drinking and playing video games (Counter Strike, if you are curious). But it really helps me with keeping myself going (as counter intuitive as that sounds).
I am sure that there are those out there who don’t need to do such a thing. I suspect it depends on their previous lifestyles and history, but I am not mental health expert. I certainly applaud anyone who can do that, but I don’t think that most of us fall into that category.
So my questions are:
- What do you do to avoid getting burned out from your preparedness activities?
- If you do get burned out, how do you deal with it? How do you get yourself back into the game?
I know that I am not the only one who gets discouraged and overwhelmed from time to time. I want to hear your experiences with this topic, so please share in the comments. As for the theme song for this post, I don’t think there is one more fitting:
God Bless, and enjoy your weekend!