What is burnout? Burnout is the feeling of exhaustion and hopelessness about your life and work. You feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities and you don’t feel any joy or interest in your work. To be clear burnout is not akin to depression. It’s a state of physical and emotional exhaustion cause by long term stress. But burnout can lead to depression if you do not address the cause of your burnout.
There really is no quick fix when it comes to our mental health. So like every issue relating to our mental well-beings, recovery from burnout is no different. Recovery is a long and slow journey that requires strong will power on your part. But to you start that arduous and important journey to recovering a better mental well-being, you will need to understand yourself.
What do we mean by understanding yourself?
To recover from burnout you will first have to know what the root cause of it is. Not identifying the factor of your burnout will only lead you on a wild goose chase that will land you back in the state of burnout. Often times, the cause of burnout is not immediately obvious. For example, you can be happy with your job but it is the poor work life balance that is the cause of burnout.
You can be there at work at 9am sharp everyday with the intention to leave at 6pm. But every time you try to leave, your bosses will request that you stay late making you miss out on family time and more importantly time for yourself. This is prime example of poor work life balance and will easily result in resentment to the company for making you miss out on your family.
So you see, if you feel burnout despite loving everything about life, little things like these can bring massive repercussions!