Burnout is very relevant these days. Not just because you’ve heard about it on social media, but because many of us have experienced it recently or are experiencing it now. Achieving work/life balance is difficult even under the right circumstances, but with the current state of affairs and the global pandemic, it’s harder than ever. Many of us work from home and feel isolated and tired, irritated by mundane tasks, or drowning in apathy. You’d think working from home would make our mental health easier, and for some it is. But many people feel imprisoned in their own home, doing the same thing every day, and finding it harder and harder to cope with work tasks. Although change about burnout is underway, few people know enough about it. There are many myths about burnout, mostly created by people who have only heard of it and never bothered to dig deeper to find its true meaning. Today we are here to bust some myths about the causes of burnout.
1. Burnout happens to weak people
First, burnout doesn’t discriminate, it happens to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re working part-time while pursuing an acting career, or if you’re a high-achieving lawyer or the CEO of a large corporation. Burnout happens to overworked people, and everyone’s threshold is different.
2. If you love what you do, you won’t experience burnout
In fact, people who are truly passionate about their work are more likely to experience burnout than those who do work that feels neutral. Artists putting everything into their work, students trying to juggle their university schedules with internships, young professionals doing their best to climb the corporate ladder and achieve their dream success. Career – they all have equal chance to burn.
3. Burnout will pass on its own
A burn is not a cold and it will not go away on its own in a week. This is not something that happens suddenly. Burnout doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t go away in a weekend. It cannot be ignored until it disappears. In fact, you can make it worse if you try to ignore it. If you start to feel numb to the world and everything around you – it’s a sign that things are getting worse, not better.
4. You can cure burnout on a vacation
Burnout isn’t just about feeling tired. It brings many terrible health problems like fatigue, insomnia, unexplained weight gain, inability to concentrate, feeling overwhelmed and sometimes hair loss, depression and apathy. Yeah, you don’t fix it in a long weekend or a short vacation. Recovering from a burn requires a lot of time, effort, and the help of health professionals.
5. Burnout isn’t real, it’s just millennials complaining
Believe it or not, people over the age of 50 suffer the most from burns, and they don’t know the right word. After age 50, your body struggles to cope with stress and the potential for burnout is much higher. Millennials know this better than anyone because their parents saw it and they know they need to take care of their own health, which is why they talk about mental health so much. They know how important it is, so you should thank them.
6. You can hide the burn
You may think you are hiding it well and no one will find out, but eventually, it will show its ugly face and you won’t be able to hide it, but you won’t even be able to do it. Maintenance. It’s a good idea to be open about it and discuss ways to deal with it with the people around you and your therapist, or talk to your boss about changing your working conditions if you think it’s possible.
7. Burnout means you have to quit your job
Coping with burnout is very difficult and for many people it feels like the end of their life. They think they will never be good at their job and they should quit. Some do, and for some it’s the right choice. But you don’t have to quit the job you love because of burnout, you just have to find a way to adjust and restore your life/work balance. Make sure you remember how it felt so you don’t burn out again.