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You’re Burned Out. So Why Aren’t You Doing Something About It?

Discover why people avoid dealing with burnout and how you can take control.

No matter how much you love your job, burnout doesn’t discriminate. At some point, you may find yourself physically and emotionally exhausted with little desire or drive left in you.

When this happens, you have two choices: do nothing and let burnout continue its rampage or fight back and regain control of your life.

Too often, people choose to do nothing, even when they’re aware that burnout is causing their quality of life to suffer. You have the power to take back control of your life. You may even acknowledge that doing so can have a positive impact on your health, productivity, and relationships.

But the following three reasons could be holding you back from confronting burnout head-on and keep you from your reaching your potential:

#1 – It’s Personal

woman-secret-burnout-controlSome people are more susceptible to burnout than others simply because of personal issues. You may have something going on in your life that you want to keep private and deal with on your own. You may be the type of person that prefers not to share your thoughts and doesn’t lean on the support of others. You believe that if you work harder, you can push through and overcome whatever is stressing you.

Granted, you may be able to go on like this for long periods of time. But if left unchecked, burnout can lead to depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and substance abuse — situations that are costly and will require time out of work for self-care and, eventually, leaning on others for support.

#2 – Learned Helplessness

stones-struggle-burnout-controlOne of the most dangerous causes of unchecked burnout is resigning yourself to the belief that this is just the way things are. You may feel helpless about what to do, at which point you choose to numb yourself to the situation, distract yourself with “comfort eating,” disconnect from the world with Netflix or Facebook, go shopping, or other coping mechanisms that will dull the pain of burnout.

These things help to create a sense of control because burnout has stripped away your confidence. Without control, you risk being tossed around by circumstances, which will only create more stress.

In reality, these common go-to strategies can not only affect your health but also impact relationships, finances, and personal satisfaction.

#3 – Spiritual Bypassing

woman-yoga-burnout-controlInstead of dealing with the root causes of burnout, many will “mantra” their way through these feelings of despair. Instead of pushing outward against the forces causing burnout, some place the blame on themselves and resort to inward speculation.

Meditation, yoga, or simply going to the mat can be powerful for getting centered and grounding. You need to be self-aware for a healthy balance, but staying there does not solve the outer conditions that create stress, overwhelm, and burnout.

A New Approach to Confronting Burnout

Looking at burnout as a cultural issue is painful, scary, and overwhelming. The thought itself can make you feel uncomfortable, especially if you like to be in control of everything in your life.

But like climate change – if you don’t acknowledge it, you won’t notice that the temperature is rising and you’re being cooked alive. It will continue to affect your quality of life until you can shake yourself out of your comfort zone and choose to do something about it.

Do you see yourself in any of these scenarios? Are you ready to try a new approach and take back control of your life? Click here to find out how I can help you recover from burnout so you can reclaim your life.

Felicia Baucom
felicia.conway@gmail.com
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