Burnt Out


I am sick in bed today. I have a sinking feeling I’ve developed a chest infection and I am feeling miserable and frustrated that I am sick.  In a few days time I am due to speak at a conference on my favorite topic – blogging and I am worried I am not going to be able to make it to the event. In a week’s time, I will be flying to Stanford for Medicine X. I’ve been writing articles and reports, preparing and delivering talks and travelling throughout Europe and last week travelled as far as Australia for the Mayo Clinic Healthcare Social Media Summit. I’ve been so honored to have been invited to give these talks, but I’ve been working 17 hour days over the past three months and my body has finally said enough. You would think that after cancer, I’d be better able to heed my body’s warnings, but it seems not.

So this is just a little reminder to you all, no matter how tempting it can be when you are feeling well to want to make up for lost time and do all those things you can’t do when you are ill, please mind yourself too. I am the world’s worst at taking this advice, but hopefully next time I am rally-driving my body and mind, I might think to read this post, and remind myself, to slow down.

Meanwhile, could someone get me some hot water with lemon and honey for my cough please?

Does this happen to you? Do you find you push yourself to achieve things because you want to make up for lost time? Or have you found a better balance in life? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.