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  • Writer's pictureKara Chatham

The Refresh Button

Lately I have been digging into my temperament - different than personality, but that also plays into what this blog is about, I think - and trying to figure out what to do when I hit the point of being "burnt out" or even trying to figure out how to prevent that from happening. Something I've been working on is editing a talk that was done on this topic, which is why I've thought about it so much. Anyway...

I'm still trying to figure out, and I don't know if we ever really know 100% what helps us, because I think everything can take a toll on ourselves. Because I know that something that I find to be refreshing is alone time. Definitely an introvert. My social exhaustion can manifest itself as physical exhaustion. If I don't get any, I could become a not so nice person.

Making YouTube videos. If you're subscribed to me, then you know that I'm not always consistent. Because sometimes making regular videos wears me out, but I have found that most of the time making them is relaxing and enjoyable.

Writing of any kind is a great way for me to unload my brain. I have so many ideas that run through my head that if I don't write something down, I can feel the space in my brain becoming more and more cramped. It's kind of like a headache, but not.

Spinning a flag helps. I don't know why this really helps. Maybe because it's a form of physical activity, and that is supposed to be helpful. I knew in high school that being able to chuck something up in the air was a great frustration/tension release tactic (and I would almost always just let the piece of equipment fall to the ground). But as I've gotten older, the act of creating different pieces of choreography - whether they would be actually used for performances or not - is something that helps me hit the refresh button.

I think this may be true for a lot of people, but travel, simply getting away from your every day scenery is helpful. I know I start to feel a little crazy - cabin fever, if you will - if I haven't seen anything other than what I see week after week for a while. I try to have a small getaway, even if it's just for the afternoon, once a month. Doesn't always happen, but I try. Sometimes a change of scene provides a change of perspective.

I won't bore you with other things that help me - partly because I don't know if you really care, and partly because that's all I've come up with at this point in time. The point of this post, I think, is for this to be a challenge to you to find what helps hit your refresh button. Or reset button, whatever you want to call it. Because this is one of those buttons that is important to hit on a relatively regular basis. Only you can know how often it needs to be hit. And only you will know what will really help you. But the feeling of being burnt out on whatever life has to offer you because of your daily routine is no fun and I don't think it's how we are created to be. Living in a constant state of "burnt out" is not a life at all.

So find what hits your refresh button. Find the balance between doing what refreshes you and doing what has to be done. It'll be beneficial in the long run.

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