When a flame runs out of oxygen or fuel, it goes out. Burnout is perhaps a misleading term for the condition afflicting 76% of employees. You see in humans the flame never quite goes out, it just painfully keeps flickering. Performance reduces, sleep becomes difficult, relationships suffer, self-esteem and sex drive go down while feelings of guilt come up and depression sets in, but all the while we keep going through the same experience each day. And these are just some of the symptoms. Anxiety disorders, panic attacks, chest pains, eating disorders and the list goes on.
It is interesting that with many people still working from home, I am hearing a lot more about burnout than before the pandemic. Jill Lepore of the New Yorker spotted this in her article in May 2021. Since work hours seem to be the biggest complaint among those suffering these symptoms, it stands to reason people will feel that burnout a lot sooner. Without the need to commute we tend to start earlier and finish later, sometimes without realising it.
Even if your salary is high, the price of some poor working practices is often higher, sometimes destructively high. The BBC reported in March 2021 that young Goldman Sachs bankers asked for an 80-hour per week cap before they quit from exhaustion. There are clearly some fundamental changes required to the workplace that therapy cannot help with.
There are however some things you can do. Make time to talk to someone – even online. Therapy can help with setting some boundaries and establishing what you really want out of life. It can help to regulate your sleep patterns and address eating habits. It can help you heal your relationships and restore your sex drive. It can reduce your anxiety levels and put you back in control of your life.
If you get nothing else from this blog today, make sure you remember this: no one has the power to make you feel the way you are feeling. If any of this sound familiar, I can help you change the way you feel and turn your life around.