There is power in saying no. It’s taken me a long time to realize that and to not feel guilty about it (and sometimes I still feel guilty anyway). As a library professional, I constantly find myself feeling like I have to be all things to all people and bend over backwards to accommodate everyone’s needs. But sometimes it’s okay and even necessary to put your foot down and say, “I can’t do that.” Librarianship is an incredibly giving profession, but as the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. There has to be balance between personal and professional life, and lately, I feel like I’ve been edging dangerously close to burnout. The last couple of days have been an absolute blessing, and I hope to continue the self-care process over the next few weeks. I know it will be challenging since there is still so much summer reading left to get through, but a little peace and quiet in the midst of the chaos is needed. I plan to be more mindful of that going forward.
What’s your secret to work/life balance and avoiding burnout? Let’s help each other!