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Let's Bury Pompeii Again!

Ever find yourself reaching the breaking point, on the verge of giving up, snapping at everyone, or crying over the smallest things?

There's a word for that: burnout.

Most people are familiar with the concept of burnout. It occurs when we don't release the pressure of daily stressors and instead let the little things accumulate until they eventually explode.

Now, dealing with burnout can be challenging for anyone. But when you factor in neurodivergence, it can create an explosion that rivals even Mount Vesuvius.

So, how do we prevent our emotional volcano from erupting and wreaking havoc like Vesuvius did on Pompeii?

The answer lies in self-care or, as I prefer to call it, self-love. In the field of mental health, self-care has been thrown around so often that it has become somewhat laughable. People tend to associate self-care with spa days, manicures, or luxurious candlelit baths. While these activities can be beneficial for emotional recovery and reducing burnout, they can also add to our stress levels and contribute to burnout.

However, self-love takes a different approach. It encourages us to genuinely love ourselves, as the name implies. When we practice self-love, we establish and maintain boundaries, even when it's challenging. We engage in deep breathing exercises before and during difficult discussions. We give ourselves space when needed because we understand that becoming emotional increases the likelihood of saying things we don't mean.

It's crucial to prioritize activities that bring us joy and a sense of fulfillment. By doing so, we demonstrate love and care towards ourselves, ultimately promoting overall well-being.

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