Burnout is a term we’ve all become familiar with in the past year. For some, it creeps up on us but for others, it might have always been something that has hindered the day-to-day life. So, what is burnout? It’s what happens when we’ve dealt with stress for too long and we find ourselves overwhelmed and unable to meet demands. It can affect our mental, emotional and physical health. You can deal with burnout in any capacity whether it’s as a stay-at-home mother, a mechanic, a student or a chef.
It doesn’t matter if you love the job, if you’re good at it or anything in between, we can all be too stressed for our own good.
In today’s western society, work culture has consumed the average human. Whether we’re encouraged to give 110% or because we have no choice but to take on a laboring job or two to survive. This need to work can often mean that we feel guilty when we implement our self-care practices like taking a day off, working out, reading a good book or even watching tv.
Another thing that makes us susceptible to burnout is how there seems to be no end in sight. Our parents and grandparents could work towards the goal of settling down, owning a home and building a life but we have found ourselves blocked by rising prices—in cars, homes, apartments, healthcare, activities, etc.
Why burnout became so known to us in 2020 is because a lot of people didn’t realize that they were. It took being forced to stay home and a slowing down of our day to day lives for people to realize they’d been worked to the bone for far too long.
- Regard Tang