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.

11 thoughts on “Burnout

  1. I feel this 100%. Burnout makes me want to quit my job haha. It’s like a roller coaster, one day everything is great and the next you question everything in existence.

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  2. This hit home…

    I’m feeling burnout just because the last two and a half years have been miserable, mostly due to external circumstances, and especially since COVID hit I haven’t gotten to do the things I enjoy in life, only the drudgery of the job. And most of the things I enjoyed about this job aren’t there anymore because of how COVID has changed things. On top of that, the people at the top are treating those of us at the bottom with open contempt. But my coworkers and more immediate supervisors are wonderful, so I don’t know if I just want to pack up and leave. Also, even though they’re not paying us enough, with the way things work I would make a lot less money anywhere else. So I feel stuck…

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  3. I can totally relate to this right now, I’ve been at my job for a little over a year now and it just doesn’t make me happy anymore. I’ve been job hunting to get a fresh start, but then my mind tricks me into loving this job still.

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  4. I like your description of what burnout is. I believe we all experience it at some point. Often at times because we ignore the warning signs. Instead of backing off and taking the time to gain a fresh perspective we plod on. Sometimes it’s that recharge that we really need. Often times that gives us the clarity we need to. Nice post 🙏

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  5. Really enjoyed this piece Rosie. I recommend having a look at the psychologist Freudenberger who did his research on this topic. My current poetry also addresses this topic, which you are welcome to visit.

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