We All Need Rest! Burn Out is Real!
Hey friend! There seems to be a slight change in you lately. You haven’t been yourself and you often spend more time at work but you are less productive. You talk about feeling overwhelmed, tired, and easily irritated. Let’s do a quick check-in.
Are you okay? No…are you REALLY, okay?
All of these long hours at work make you miss your bed and social life even more. Time management, studying, serving others, and staying up late to submit an assignment is a grind in and of itself. Making sure that you make time for yourself is something separate. We see you hard-working women, out there putting blood, sweat, and tears into your passion. As much as I appreciate and respect the hustle, I care about you more.
You need rest!
Our bodies are not machines and we cannot do everything all the time. Everyone needs a break.
Millennials are the so-called Burnout Generation. We are “obsessed with our jobs,” work more hours for less pay than previous generations and exhibit more work stress than any other group of Americans. Burnout is a millennial condition according to Anne Helen Peterson who wrote that “Burnout and the behaviors and weight that accompany it aren’t, in fact, something we can cure by going on vacation. It’s not limited to workers in acutely high-stress environments. And it’s not a temporary affliction: It’s the millennial condition.”
According to Healthline, burnout or “workplace burnout” is defined as “the feeling of extreme physical and emotional exhaustion that often affects doctors, business executives, and first responders.” It has also been called stress syndrome. Under-stimulation causes burnout, which means your brain doesn’t receive enough energy to keep you active. After reviewing and discussing burnout and what it is, let’s discuss tips to prevent this from happening! Be mindful, that one mental health day or a quick weekend getaway will not cure burnout. A great start would be a restorative rest period or a retreat where you are practicing ways to take care of yourselves.
First, take a look at the work you do daily. Look for ways to address your workload, projects, and tasks, and have that courageous conversation with your manager/boss. If you are your boss (entrepreneur), take a look at yourself in the mirror and do an honest self-assessment. Let’s remind ourselves that there is always a limit to working.
Second, schedule a solo date. Solo dates are date nights but it is only you. Do something that’ll put a smile on your face. Taking care of yourself can be as simple as watching a movie at home. This is a great way to take your mind off data charts, meetings with clients, and 9-5 schedules.
Lastly, Get Sleep! Set a sleep schedule. One way to manage burnout is to get restful, good sleep. Make sure you get 8-10 hours of beauty sleep. Change up where you work i.e., physical locale. The change in an environment where you are surrounded by smells like ocean water, bright light and sun (vitamin D), great company for healthy conversations, and tasty food! A wellness retreat or healing community are great ways to help him heal.
Burnout is a huge area of concern and there is so much more I could share. But, ladies, our space is limited and so is your attention span …because of burnout. So, I’ll leave this right here until next time!
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In Your Wellness,
Briana Ricks, BA Intern Stockton University
Angela R Clack PsyD LPC, Practice CEO, ACS