Solutions for burnout
May 6, 2009 8:24 AM Subscribe
I feel stressed out, fat, and awful. Do I need therapy, weight watchers, a medication adjustment, or to just buck up and exercise?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (25 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I have a two year old and a demanding job. I am dealing with others' demands from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm each weekday and it is starting to catch up with me.
At the end of each weekday I feel exhausted and I fall into unhealthy habits. I eat unhealthy foods, I eat too much, I don't exercise because I am so tired at the end of the day, but at the same time I wind up staying up late zoned out surfing the internet so that I can mentally shut off.
Weekends are better, I spend time outside and getting some fresh air and exercise, my daughter is usually better behaved, I go to bed at a more reasonable hour and I feel more relaxed.
Quitting my job is not an option in this economy as I support my family. However I am starting to feel burned out and I need to do something to improve 5/7 of my week.
I have bipolar 2, I have been taking medications for it for years, and I seem mostly stable. Last time I saw my shrink she thought my medications were ok and recommended stress reduction and exercise. I am 5'11 and 220 lb so I am definitely overweight.
Intellectually, I know exercise would help, but I can’t bring myself to get up at 6:30 am to do it. I know I shouldn't eat things that are bad for me, but it's a small pleasure that may be the only pleasure I have in a given day.
How do I fix this feeling of burnout if I can’t quit my job? Does therapy help with this kind of thing, or would I just be stressing myself out more to try and shove it into a weekday? Am I just depressed and I need to fix my meds? Do I need to just buck up and do the diet and exercise thing, even though I feel so overwhelmed I know I probably would quit in short order? Should I be shoving in Weight Watchers or something into my day to help with diet and exercise even though I don’t have a concrete weight loss goal? Where do I start?