Nervous Breakdown due to… Overwork!

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So, I had a nervous breakdown due to… overwork! After several months of non-stop, my body decided to stop. On Saturday. It might seem ironic, but happening on a weekend is good because I can snore it and come back to work on Monday as if “almost” nothing has happened. The reality is that I am still super sleepy, but I’m now working in a relaxed way. So, what lead me to this? Anxiety and sheer amounts of stress. I work online, and it has its perks: you choose your working schedule. However, if you are like me, the downfalls of working in your way are that you decide your own working schedule. It means that you might work longer hours than you should, and you do it in a happy way not realizing that you need to stop at some point. The whole thing gets worse when you do what you love: it’s hard to get tired of doing what you like to do!

Thus, I snored my Saturday, zombied around during Sunday, and was forced to have a regular schedule from Monday. And this means that my evil plans for writing on the blog have been postponed. Don’t worry! I’m writing again, with a delay, but I’m on it again: in a relaxing way.

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So, what have I learned from this? To be mindful and to stop overworking myself. Difficult to follow, since this is not exactly the first time that happens to me. I have a tendency to keep up with work and work more and then do more than I should because I enjoy it. The body has a funny way to tell you that you need to stop: stress, anxiety and shutting down requiring sheer amounts of sleep. Before arriving at this point again, I’m going to take things easy!

What about you? Have you overworked yourself to the point of collapse as well?

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  • B.

    Have you thought about maybe setting an alarm so you don’t over work as much? Or at least so you can take a “normal” break like if you weren’t working on your own schedule?

    • I tried –; But I kept on with “five more minutes” and then I skip the alarm. I’m not doing it again though, I don’t want this to happen again. I’m thinking about taking real rests…

  • I know this feel all too well which is why I make sure to give myself a time out every now and again for the sake of my sanity so take a break chillax and do nothing for a while you’ll definitely be feeling super inspired and thankful for it later xoxo

    • I hear you! I’m thinking on doing more real rests… (sigh)

  • I know what zombie mode is thanks to motherhood. However, I did have trouble with stress and overwork during my pregnancy and the price I paid for allowing myself to do that was too great. I am never willing to work that hard not to at the risk of my health.

    • Yup, but I already did it. Now I have to manage a new schedule and make things work. I didn’t realize I was overworked… 😮

  • Kay

    Yikes, glad you are back on your feet! Self care…definitely important. I hope you find a schedule that works well for you! 🙂

  • Ari Carr

    This has happened to me too. At the end of my degree I was over-stressed due to my dissertation being due in, finding a post-uni job, keeping up my internship and a ton of other stuff. I made myself sick for 3 weeks and it was the worst! Take it easy on yourself, and take breaks where you need to. You’ll be fine <3
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    • Ouch!! It happened to you too? Too bad 🙁 But I guess it’s normal. Our bodies just make us stop! I’m too sleepy atm, but I’m going to find my perfect tune, I’m sure! Thank you! <3

  • Emma

    I’m glad to hear you managed to get a bit of a break in. PLEASE don’t work yourself to death – who will party in Brighton with me 😛

    • Oooh! I won’t do karoushi (work myself to death; Japanese have the word for that LOL ), and I’m already thinking about the next party :p Just, give me one more week to recover 🙂

  • Taking care of yourself is really easy to overlook until a breakdown moment. Hopefully we all can take note from this and support each other in the future to treat ourselves to some well deserved rest. Feel better Pepi <3 <3

  • Glad you realized you were overworking yourself – I tend to make myself sick (I let a cold turn into pneumonia during student teaching) or have full-on nervous breakdowns instead of realizing that I need to take a break! The work will still be there and it’s okay to say “no” or “not right now” instead of taking on too much.