It has been a long and busy week on my end and I have to be honest, I have been less than enthused about work and life these past couple of weeks and just feel flat out exhausted. I am totally out of my element and not feeling like myself. It took some time for me to figure out what is going on but I’ve finally realized I am going through burnout. Blahhh! I am frustrated with the fact that I have let myself get to this point and not taken more care of my physical and mental well-being BUT in an attempt to turn this experience into a positive and learn something from it I am using it as my inspiration for this week’s post!
I spent the week looking for articles and information on burnout and what I discovered was that women tend to experience burnout more frequently and more severely than men (not surprising). Job burnout is “an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.” When we undergo chronic stress at work or home it has tremendous wear and tear on us both physically and emotionally. Employees are expected now, more than ever, to be connected to their work organization at all hours of the day. This demand combined with a woman’s tendency to strive for perfection and impose high exceptions on herself leads to far greater burnout for women than men. Some researchers believe this is a major reason as to why too few women move up the leadership ladder within organizations. Here are two articles that share some great insights on burnout:
So how do we get out of this black hole of burnout and get re-energized for work and life? To summarize, I think there are two things it comes down to:
- Self-care: we need to be taking care of ourselves physically and emotionally to stay energized and healthy. It comes down to the simple habits of getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising regularly, making time for personal development and socializing with others. We need to regain and maintain our work/life balance.
- Find your FUEL!: when we are doing something we don’t love and aren’t passionate about, we are far more likely to experience burnout and lose interest. Make the time to self explore, know your strengths and pursue your passions. Find what fuels you and use it everyday to energize and excite you.
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
Even Chumlee has been a little burnout this week…he knows naps are a great way to re-energize!
Embrace the day!