Burnout Is Hurting You More Than You Realize. Here’s How to Stop It.

It’s Friday night. Instead of going out to dinner, hanging with friends, or finally getting started on that book you’ve been meaning to read, you’re sitting on your couch. Watching Criminal Minds on repeat. You’re not really enjoying this, but it’s the easiest option because you’ve had a stressful week at work, and even the thought of planning a way to blow off steam seems overwhelming.

Burnout is a real thing and yes, it affects us

Burnout is more than just feeling bummed or not wanting to go to work on Monday. According to the Mayo Clinic, work-related burnout is “a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” In other words, you’re feeling so stressed out, disillusioned, or just plain depressed that you feel hopeless and completely unlike yourself.

Burnout drags us down at every step

When our values don’t match up with how we make money, we’re left feeling helpless and isolated — and those feelings can have a huge negative impact on our health.

As millennials, we’ve got a lot coming at us from so many different directions, and everything is taking its toll.

You should have it all

When I was in college, there was a joke about hard choices: between sleep, studying, and socializing, you have to pick just two. You can’t have it all, but you always have to be in pursuit of doing just that — while making sure that you’re ‘living your best life’ on social media so that everybody else can see what you’re up to. Which, in itself, can be a full-time job.

Stop sticking the round peg in the square hole — try a minternship!

You’re feeling down about your job, isolated socially, and overwhelmed in every area of your life. Many of us may choose to double down on work, to hustle even harder to lift ourselves out of a slump. But that may not be the right answer at all.

How to deal with burnout: you can take baby steps or big leaps

You don’t have to do something as drastic as quitting your job right away — for most people, that’s just not a possibility. But you can start to take little steps that can lead to big changes, such as:

  • Connect with someone you admire on LinkedIn and ask if you can pick their brain — it’s super low-risk, and who knows, maybe a shiny new opportunity could come right out of that!
  • Find a part-time internship that you really love, or volunteer somewhere you’ve always cared about. You can figure out if what you think you want is the same thing as what you actually want, before you make any big commitments.
  • Now the big leap: quit your job. And don’t be afraid! So many of the most successful people in history have had very checkered, twisty paths — from Roger Federer to Frances Hesselbein, who went from photographer’s assistant to CEO of the entire Girl Scouts operation. In fact, their varied career paths paved the way for their later success!

Writer | Content marketing strategist | Epidemiologist | Get my monthly newsletter: www.viggyhampton.com

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