Uninspired. Overwhelmed. Burned out. Just plain not really feeling it.
It sucks when these feelings creep up, especially when you’re least expecting them to. I can honestly say that I wasn’t expecting these feelings to sneak up on me like they did during this past month or so. You know what though, it’s okay! We’re all human and we’re all going to have seasons of life where we have feelings like this. For me, I call it Spring burn out.
When I do start feeling like this the first thing I have to kick to the curb is my blog until I’m able to pull myself out of my funk. Mainly because if I’m not feeling inspired, my blog becomes the last thing I want to think about when usually it’s always the first thing.
I do have a few reasons that I think may be contributing to this feeling of Spring burn out. I thought I’d share a few of those reason why here on the blog today.
Reason No. 1: Life Changes
I think changes in my own life and schedule paired with a season of work that requires a lot of computer time has left me with little to no engery left to then want to spend more time behind the computer after work. As much as I love blogging, creating, and brainstorming content, there is a HUGE part of blogging that requires extensive computer time. At the end of a work day I just don’t always feel like sitting down behind the computer for even more hours.
Ryan and I have also been in a bit of a transitional period with our schedules. He’s much busier than he has been compared to prior months which means I’ve had to step up and learn to be domestic (i.e grocery shop and get food on the table). If you know me, I’m not exactly what I’d consider domestic in the kitchen. In fact I’d describe my kitchen and cooking skills as #hotmessexpress. So needless to say there’s been a learning curve for me
It’s been about a month or so with this schedule adjustment and I’m happy to report that our apartment is still standing, yay me for me not burning it down with every meal I usually end up burning. Okay, okay I’m not that bad at cooking but it can be pretty questionable sometimes. It takes 21 day to form a habit and I feel like I am just about there with getting into the grove of doing our regular grocery shopping, meal prepping, and cooking.
Reason No. 2: I Hate Spring
Okay but really though, I hate Spring. I actually prefer the winter months to Spring. Why? Because I have the worst allergies and asthma the second anything starts blooming. I literally can’t see, breath, or smell during allergy season. Anyone else like this? The second that Spring started I was a miserable mess but I am finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel thanks to some medication switches that my Allergist made.
If you suffer from allergies then you feel my pain and you also know how exhasting allergy season can be. It’s safe to say that they somewhat suck the creative energy out of me and my creative spark for blogging.
With my hatred of Spring I don’t really feel inspired to create content for the blog. The only thing I’m loving that happens to be Spring related is my little urban garden on my balcony (#ambersurbangarden). But it’s a catch 22 because when I garden my allergies get even worse but it also makes me happy, so I’m figuring out how to balance that.
Reason No. 3: Making Healthier Lifestyle Changes
I’ve recently had to eliminate a lot of things from my diet that I am not used to eliminating. The two main things being soy and shellfish. Turns out I might have a shellfish allergy (along with gluten) and soy has an extremely negative impact on my body (I’ll be doing an in-depth post on that eventually). If you have food allergies then you understand what a struggle it can be. Ever since having my adrenal gland removed, soy has caused some weird skin/body issues. Who knows if it actually has to do with my adrenal but the timing lines up and boy does soy bother me. Once you have to eliminate something from your diet you then begin to realize how much it’s in EVERYTHING (I’m talking to you, soy!). I’m just on the cusp of turning 30 so I’m really trying to get these things under control so that I can be my healthist happiest self come my 30th year of life.
With these dietary changes comes the need to make a conscious effort to actually cook all my meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to know exactly what is going in my food as much as I’m able to. Along with these changes, I’m also trying sticking to some sort of work out schedule. I’ve been doing great with the meals, but working out is a challenge for me and I can never seem to get into a grove to make it a habit. I think I’m going to order a FitBit this week to help motivate me. I may sound ridiculous but meal planning, prepping, and cooking could seriously be a part time job and it’s just Ryan and I. I have no idea how all you parents out there do it. Props to you!!
With yesterday kicking off my birthday month (hello best month of the year beside December) and my allergies the most under control they have been in 2 months (knock on wood) I’m starting to feel like myself again. That means I’m starting to feel inspired to blog and curate things that I love, yay!
Does anyone else get this Spring burn out at certain times during the year? Tell me I’m not alone!