You feel beyond exhausted. (More than you’d ever admit.)
You’re on autopilot, forgetting which tasks you did, the people you texted, and if you even shampooed your hair this morning.
Your job isn’t bringing as much joy as it used to. You feel less empathy for your clients and students. You’re bogged down with bureaucracy, paperwork, and audits. When did being a helper require so many meetings?
Despite being surrounded by people, you feel utterly alone. You see everyone else keeping it together and ‘toughing it out.’ You are isolated and trapped in your feelings, but you also can’t talk about them either. You’re not supposed to ask for help. Just put on a smile and keep moving, right?
Sometimes you aren’t sure who you are anymore. By saying yes to everything, the things that truly matter to you — your health, family, and joy — are slipping away.
As night approaches, and you’re still grading papers or doing notes, you can’t think of one single thing you did just for yourself.