A Postcard From Burnout City
Hullo! I'm still around. But for once I'm not going to apologise for my absence. At the end of December I posted about making 2021 a year of self-care and, well, it's needed. I'm not depressed or anything, but I think the combination of covid restrictions and uncertainties and all the fears brought about by it and trying to hit my hectic late-2020 deadlines at the same time burnt me out a bit. The first weekend back after the break, I only got out of bed on the Saturday to do some work, then went back to bed. That's pretty much unheard of for me; I'm usually unstoppable. The upshot of it all is I'm living much more in the moment, asking myself what I feel up to doing right now and doing that, and trying not to put any extra pressure or expectations on myself. So not much sewing or interesting stuff has been done, I'm afraid. When I haven't been working it's been old episodes of Father Brown or The Avengers for me, and looking at pretty things on Pinterest.
Living gently is having some effect; I'm already doing much better. Having a daily video call with one of my teams means I always put makeup on and dress properly on weekdays, so I've been having a bit of fun rewearing bits of vintage jewellery. I'm always convinced clip-on earrings will fall down the loo, so wearing them now, when I cannot go anywhere, is a good way to see which pairs of mine will stay put. I also bought this mustard cardi in the sales because I'd fancied one for a while, have a few things it will work well with, and am allowing myself to accept that no, I'm not going to make one, and I shouldn't feel guilty for buying one rather than making it. It's not quite the right shade but will do for now. Maybe when the charity shops reopen I'll find a better one.
Go-go starts again tonight, and that's another positive thing. Can't beat a good dance, and tonight it's to Quincy Jones' Soul Bossa Nova. Groovy baby!
Anyway, I'm catching up with people's blogs when I can, and peering into Instagram. Stay safe, and be kind to yourself!