Battling Burn Out

All I want to do right now is scroll through Facebook, watch the rest of The Tudors and jam as many chocolate chip cookies and pretzels into my face as I can.

It sounds innocuous, I mean who doesn’t want to do that sometimes?

The problem is, lately that’s all I want to do, washed down with half a bottle of wine.  I don’t want to be present, I don’t want to be productive, I don’t want a spiritual life, I don’t want anything but to zone out.

That’s fine for a a couple days, maybe even a week.  More than that it becomes a serious problem.  And that’s what I’m sitting with.  Depression/anxiety are factors, of course.  I’m under the care of professionals for those issues.  I know what those things feel like and they’re there in the background, tugging at me.

But what I’m really struggling with is burn out.

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Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


One Response

  1. Hey,
    I’m glad you’re getting a chance to have some rest.

    I’m sorry that you haven’t heard the voices of your gods in a long time.
    I can relate to the thing about the mental blanket, about wrapping your head in styrofoam so that you can’t hear anything. I’m half afraid of what I’d hear if I let myself start paying attention. (I always imagine it will be the sound of disapointment and “why are you such a screw-up” and similar, but I don’t think my gods would say that to me. They’re more along the lines of: “So. Here’s a thing that you should be doing. Go on, you know you want to…”)

    I think your suggestions about self-cleansing and also tidying up the living space are spot on. Not just because they get rid of some of the Overwhelm and (in some cases) leave you with a feeling of accomplishment, but because (maybe this is just me? When I’m hella-stressed I start purging?) a few hours spent moving my body and Putting Things Away means that I typially *stop* hampster-wheeling about All The Things… at least after a little while. And that kind of gives my brian a break as well.

    I’m glad you’re taking your spinning wheel out and spinning just for the joy of it. When I got tied up in knots with “What will sell? What will sell? Fuck my life…” I went back to writing fanfic for a couple of months because, as a non-saleable product, I could just write the fuck out of it rather than trying to divine where to find a paying market for the thing after the fact. Spinning for the joy of it is a wonderful idea. 🙂
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