Younger people are working at hyperspeed, it seems, moving at the speed of light to finish what seems an endless amount of work. Culture says in America to work longer, harder, and faster than ever. What people don’t realize is the rates of burnout that are increasing with each step. A young adult can easily feel overwhelmed. Young and older people alike in the workforce are left to deal with the ramifications of this issue, which is quickly turning into a clinical one that can be identifiable as leading to addiction and mental health issues.
Why Burnout Matters
Burnout seems to be inevitable for people in today’s workforce. Working harder than ever before, they are feeling like there is no way out of this lifestyle of working harder for more money to have more things, which requires more money to support a lifestyle they desire. Life is not about having things, but about building relationships. Unfortunately, culture is dictating that things and money are more important. Work will always be there, but aspiring to work to the point of exhaustion is no good, either. There are some basic principles to think about when trying to avoid burnout.
- Don’t keep stuff: decluttering, doing the ‘KonMari method,’ or whatever way you choose to look at it, requires getting rid of excess belongings. There is only so much stuff a person needs. The rest can just add to the clutter
- Stay neutral: one of the hardest things to do is to get drawn into selling pitches like making a lot of money from trying things that don’t work but seem like a good idea. Get-rich-quick schemes are one of those. A slow-and-steady approach to recovery is better. When trying to do too much, you quickly lead to feelings of burnout
- Take steps daily: is full of people who want to live better lives and are tired of the burnout. The reality is people don’t want to take action or feel inspired alone. They desire to meet with people who will help them get more organized around their goals of recovery from burnout.
Find a Tribe
It may sound funny, but it helps to find a tribe, or group, of people who feel the same way you do. It helps to find a group of people who are committed to the same goals you are when it comes to curbing burnout. Happy, successful, people often find those that are similar and meet up with them regularly. This may be a workaholic’s anonymous group, recovery for people who work too much, addiction or mental health recovery, or a hobby group of people who are committed to the same focus and intention around working less and enjoying life more. The best thing to do is connect to that part of yourself that desires change and ask yourself what you want and how you plan to achieve it. This will help you set personal goals for success.
each month, or developing skills to find a job you enjoy rather than staying in a job you don’t like. “When it comes to doing nothing versus doing at least something, something is always the right choice,” Collins says. “Think of it like dropping a dollar into a piggy bank every hour of the day for years and years. Eventually, you’ll have a nice nest egg.”
Take action every day. “America is full of people who want to live a better and more fulfilling life,” Collins says, “but in reality very few ever take action to accomplish this. Happy, successful people take action — today and every day. Maybe that means getting up earlier to get to the gym, writing that novel you’ve talked about for the last 10 years, or selling that sports car you can’t afford and getting something more practical.”
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