Navigating Burnout

Burnout /ˈbərnˌout/: physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.
“high levels of professionalism that may result in burnout”

It’s something that we all come across sooner or later- whether it’s related to work, school, a hobby, or anything of the sort. And when it does happen, it’s hard to take a step back and see that something you used to be so passionate about, you could now dread so much. We spend so much time concentrating on one thing, but what happens when you wake up and want to be as far away from that as possible?

Before I went to college, all I wanted to do was dance. I didn’t care if I was taking a class, performing, or teaching, I just wanted to be dancing. When people asked what I wanted to study in school, the only thing that ever crossed my mind was dance. What else would I do? That question didn’t even cross my mind.

Now don’t get me wrong- I did study dance in school, and at one of the best programs out there. But it was like I woke up one day and just needed a break. I needed to breathe, to distance myself from something that had consumed me for so long. For me, the turning point was when I was living in London. It was a way for me to separate myself from it all- with the exception of a class here and there just to stay in shape. When I came home, I didn’t want to dive back into it. I needed to distance myself and find something new that I could learn to love.

Fast forward a few years later, and I finally feel like I’ve found a good sense of balance. I really needed to find what I wanted from a professional standpoint before I could find my bearings in something else. Now that I’ve grounded myself out, it feels great to get back into something that I had loved so much (not that it ever really completely left me). I’m happy to be back in the studio, taking classes, and teaching.

Sometimes, being so involved with something for so long just become overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean that it will be forever. Take a step away, reevaluate what you want from it, and revisit it down the road. If you are passionate about something, it will come back to you. Don’t be afraid to fade away from it, you’ll just bounce back strong than ever.

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