I really need to get cracking with my PGCert project now that Christmas is over. As I’ve mentioned, I had a very stressful six months at the end of last year. By the time Christmas crept up on me, I visualised my GP diagnosing burnout, and made a last-minute decision to take an extra day’s annual leave before Christmas. I felt as though I was barely functioning – it was time to stop before I crumpled into a little disconsolate heap.
After Christmas, I did no intellectual work for ten days. I looked at my work emails only once (because I’m helping organise a conference outwith work, and I didn’t want to let anyone down by not completing a particular task). And I sewed, did all the domesticity stuff, and slept. That was about it.
The major stress-factor is resolved, though I still have plenty of other things requiring my attention. Unfortunately, I’m still tired. That doesn’t seem to be going away fast enough. Still, I’m still here, and it’s a new year. That’s about as good as it gets!