Most people I know, including myself, work really hard. I mean, around the clock, really. You wake up thinking about work and go to sleep to dream about more work (you have not dreamt until you dream in PowerPoint! True story).
Last summer, my husband and I hosted a “burnt out” party. It was a hit – because the theme was so relatable to so many, plus we lured folks in with temptations of icy beverages and a pool. This year, we gladly will not be hosting a “burnt-out” party and I see that as a huge win!
What is burnout? Are you wondering if you’re burning out or altogether burnt out?
While burnout is often contextualized in the work environment, you can also be burnt out from relationships, family, or any endeavor or obligation that is demanding energy from you.
Here are some common everyday symptoms (feel free to Google “burnout symptoms” or talk to your medical care provider for a comprehensive list):
The sneaky thing with burnout is that it doesn’t happen overnight. Burnout is something that you’ve worked really hard for over a period of time (although completely unrewarding), and can happen to many high achievers with a “can do” attitude. The irony is that once you have burnt out, you become a “can’t do” person, either in spirit or physical ability.
The thing is, you can be a high achiever, love your job and be successful- all without being burnt out. In fact, I’ll argue that it’s the only sustainable way to accomplish everything you want and be happy. I will also say that working long hours is not the main contributor to burnout. Have you ever lost track of time doing something you’re naturally passionate about? Instead of feeling tired, usually it will energize and satisfy you deeply.
At the core of it, burnout is not a productivity issue, it is a matter related to life purpose and wellness. When someone is burnt out, it’s heartbreaking. That person has figuratively lost his / her flames. Their desire, drive, ambition and sometimes even love, no longer burns inside their being.
So what contributes to burnout?
Key culprits for burnout are:
Here are some things you can ask yourself if you feel like you’re on the road to burnout:
If we want to avoid or recover from burnout, we need to get really honest with ourselves and ask, “Am I getting my needs met?” And if not, why?
The simple awareness to the answers of those questions will inspire you to dig deeper and reconnect with your truth. Follow and allow your truth to guide your way back to blazing.
What's your experience with burnout? Love to hear your thoughts below...