I saw a front-page article from Psychology
that blared: BURNOUT: How To Beat Stress, Overload, and Your To-Do
. Though there are steps that can be taken to avert burnout in life or
one’s career, it’s inevitable that one feels overwhelmed, bored, unfulfilled,
or a slave to the demands and needs of people that are almost out of our
control. Burnout will visit all of us multiple times, but we can limit its
damage and use the experience to spur change, make transitions, and springboard
new ways of doing things. 

I contend that writers cannot avoid burnout any
more than they can avoid writer’s block. Instead of fearing these things,
embrace them. Learn from them. Welcome the breaking point. That’s when you get
to take a time out, reflect, rest, and reboot with a renewed sense of purpose, passion,
and priority.  

Certainly, I would advise all writers to find a
balance in their life, between work and play. Most of our time is accounted for
the minute we wake up. Chores, travels, sleep, exercise, eating, and a bunch of
other obligations or fairly predictable behaviors fill our days and nights. We
get to choose the order of things, to a degree, and the level of intensity of
what we do.  

For one to succeed, they must always have goals
and targeted plans to meet those goals. We need to be realistic about progress
and to confront our challenges and shortcomings. We are our own worst enemies
when it comes to making demands on ourselves but if we don’t push ourselves,
who will? 

I would suggest that we distinguish between
different types of burn-out: physical, social, mental, spiritual, and
financial. One area, if deficient or particularly overtaxed, leads to a
negative impact on other areas. If you feel depressed, you won’t be too
productive. If you are tired or sick, you limit your happiness or productivity.
Writer’s need to address their holistic life — and make sure they can focus
and have time to write and market their books.  

There’s no secret formula to dealing with
burnout. It’s obvious. When you get into an imbalanced state, where one or more
key areas are dragging you down, your will and ability to preserve get drained.
So, control what you can control: eat right, get 7-8 hours of sleep, talk to
friends and family, stroke a pet, and remember to move your body. Enjoy a
change of scenery. If not a two-week European vacation, do a weekend away by
car, or even an overnight at a friend’s place. Get out of the house and break from
your daily routine. Laugh, love, and lose yourself in some other drama.  

As writers, we live in our heads. Sometimes, you
need to shut your brain down. Impossible, yes, but if you step away from your
laptop, the social media surfing, and even from reading books, take a 24-72
hour break so that you can reset your internal creative clock.  

One way or another, break away from your
burnout. Confront what consistently gnaws at you to see if you can stop doing
something, or do it less often, or to drop a relationship, a job, a hobby.
Don’t accept the malaise or the pressure – understand it instead, and rejigger
things so you can avoid feeling like you are spent, brain dead, and
disinterested in anything.  

Everyone’s burnout is unique to them but the
solution to it is the same: shake shit up, take a break, and be prepared to
re-set your goals. You deserve to be happy and successful – it doesn’t have to
be a chore to be alive.  

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including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book
publicity firm, and director of publicity positions at two independent presses,
Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres,
right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark
Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay,
Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan
RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He
hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America several years ago, and
has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence
College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association,
Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, Morgan James Publishing, and
Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have
been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY
Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News
(Westchester) and The Washington
. His first published book was The Florida homeowner, Condo, &
Co-Op Association Handbook
.  It was featured
in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald.