3 kinds of burnout and how to deal with them
It’s natural for energy levels to fluctuate from day to day, but full-fledged burnout can undermine your happiness and career. Look at the different kinds of burnout and some strategies for dealing with them.
Researchers at a Spanish university1 recently discovered at least 3 distinct subtypes of burnout. What they all have in common is the potential to leave you feeling drained and hopeless if they’re allowed to build up over time. More succinctly, they’re all about feeling like you’re not doing anything worthwhile.
- Overload burnout is lost energy.
- Boredom burnout is lost enthusiasm.
- Worn-Out burnout is lost confidence.
If left unchecked burnout can lead to a variety of negative mental health effects–including depression, anxiety, and stress. It’s important to recognize that burnout is a part of life, and that it can be treated with the right treatment. But it’s also important to recognize that it’s not a disease–it is a symptom of a larger problem.
When possible, take a vacation. It’s a great way to get rid of burnout. When a vacation is not possible, talk to your manager, or a trusted friend. The most important thing to do, is take a break and get some rest, and reflect on what may be causing your burnout.
Of course, pursuing meaningful work is the best protection of all. While you’re searching for deeper fulfillment, these techniques will make your workdays less taxing.
This might be you if you typically push yourself to exhaustion. You may also be prone to complaining about office policies and practices that seem to hold you back.
Maybe you feel like you’re coasting at work. People experiencing this type of burnout also tend to be vulnerable to cynicism, and they try to avoid difficult issues.
If you have worthy goals but find it difficult to achieve them, this could describe you. Ask yourself if your motivation sinks when you encounter barriers and stress.
Before you consider handing in your resignation, spot your personal brand of burnout and overcome it. Taking constructive action will make your job less stressful and more satisfying. And as always, you can take a vacation or talk to your manager about how to deal with burnout.