What Burnout Truly Feels Like
Tiffany Sun

The article is extremely helpful to all individuals who experience stress on a daily basis — and burn out is not age specific or industry specific as we all are aware. My experience tells me that young people who are first caught up in the start-up, new company environment are total victims of burnout but this does depend on their individual lifestyles. They can and very often do work 18 hours a day in front of a monitor, stay up half the night and just get a couple of hours sleep. Surprisingly, they can keep going for a long time like this because I believe the adrenaline that pulses through their veins gives them excitement, energy and focus — the ultimate self made drug. The challenge(s) that are presented each and every day make them strive even harder to prove themselves and their abilities — but sooner or later this stressful routine takes its toll.

When work is your life (and this is an important statement) then EVERYTHING else is second, third, fourth etc. No matter what your age or job you live to work. In today’s work environment, across the board, employers expect their employees to be ‘universal solders’ at their place of work AND continue to work when they are home. Why? Because the economy is still bad (contrary to everything we hear) and employers need to get the utmost out of every employee — even asking them to take on roles that they were not hired for! This leads to stress, every day in every way.

I have experienced this ‘I cannot cope with my personal tasks’ issue a few times — and my answer was to put them off (big mistake). Why? because I did not want to make any decisions or do any tasks when I arrived home as I had nothing left from work. My answer when I realized this was do to some of the relaxing suggestions that Tiffany suggests to ‘break the cycle’ and I really believe this is the key. Stress is a cycle — not just a one time event. The cycle eventually leads to depression which is after all the physical and emotional result of burnout. The answer is to listen to your body and know the signs of stress and immediately dissipate the build up by doing what Tiffany suggests — “distract your mind from work”.

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