How’s your fuel tank this week? Running on empty? Feeling tired or burnt out? Let’s talk about that…
I read this article this morning and wasn’t (at all) surprised to read that women experience higher burnout than men. The quick facts:
“A study by McKinsey shows that women account for 53% of corporate entry-level jobs, but women only hold 37% of mid-management roles. That number drops to 26% for vice presidents and senior managers, indicating a major gender disparity higher up the corporate ladder. As only 11% of women choose to leave the workplace permanently to have children, the other reason for this gap can be traced to high expectations that companies place on their employees in always-connected work environments.”
We all can relate in some way – 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. Yes ladies, part of the problem is we are doing this to ourselves…
I talk a lot about finding what “fuels” you; what ignites your passion for life, inspires you and drives you each day. What I’ve neglected to talk about is the idea of finding what REFUELS you. I’m starting to look at these as two separate buckets. We all get burnt out and down (disclaimer: it shouldn’t be a common occurrence though!) When it happens, we need to know what reignites our passion and gets us up and running again. We shouldn’t just push through or stick it out – we need to be able to recognize when we are burnt out and know what our mind and body needs to get back to “normal”. It might be a productive day of Netflix on the couch or a long hike to clear your mind. It might be a good nap or a phone call to a friend. We all have something that recharges us and helps us get our mind and body refueled.
Here’s a couple prompts to help you do a little self exploration on what refuels:
- If you had the day off from work and no commitments what would you do with your free time?
- What was one of your favorite childhood activities? (Do that!)
- Is there a place or space that makes you feel relaxed, happy and disconnected from work or stress? (Go there!)
- Who brings you joy? (Hang with them!)
Burn out happens to everyone, even the people are living their passion and have the career they dreamed of. Recognize what burnout looks like to you and more importantly, figure out what gets you out of the black hole of burnout.
Oh and stop trying to be perfect. You probably won’t feel nearly as overwhelmed or burnout as often.
Embrace the Day!