Burnout is a reaction to prolonged or chronic job stress and is characterized by three main dimensions: exhaustion, cynicism (less identification with the job), and feelings of reduced professional ability. – source
I’ve experienced burnout at a job before. I just got to a point where I would attend meetings with my eyes glazed over, just nod and smile, and put my head down. It was very tiring to feel no pride in my work to the point where I started making a lot of mistakes because the exhaustion of it all was getting to me. I think it was more the people rather than my job responsibilities, though the stress of taking on a new role is no joke.
I get into these moods with my career where I just don’t know what I want to do. I feel like I’m floating along and taking opportunities and just trying to take advantage of where life is taking me. I think it has to do with burnout from life in general.
Sometimes I just don’t identify with my life, let alone my job. I don’t know how I got here, if this is what I want, and I’m tired. I don’t know what is the right decision for me. It has to do a lot with my knack of overthinking and my destination happiness mindset.
Other days, I feel right at home. I feel happy in my career path, in my house, with my little fam.
Burnout can just make you question life sometimes.