Millennial Burnout is real and hitting us now during a pandemic is worse! The constant feeling of an impending doom or self-loathing for lack of achievements, is precisely an onset of a burnout. The Millennial Hub reports.
If you lack the motivation to wake up every morning and feel like the world is yours to conquer, then fret not! ‘Cuz there are a lot of us feeling this way! We tend to overburden ourselves with goals and timelines that sometimes might collide with the progress we make in life. Cut yourself some slack!
Surabhi Dand, a Pranic Healer and Psychotherapist throws some light on a common misconception. She says, “Lot of clients don’t understand the difference between stress and burnout when they address their anxiety or depression. Seek professional help if you are unaware of the difference. Depression can be an effect of burnout. Burnout not necessarily is an effect of depression.”
Why Is A Burnout Harmful?
Dr. Sunila Kumari Sarella a psychologist says, “Work stress, over use of gadgets, unrealistic expectations, aspiring more than what one can achieve, mechanical and fast pace of life. All these lead to a burnout.”
Surabhi explains, “Constant chronic stress can lead to energy depletion. It can further result in incapacity of handling stress effectively and disorient your daily tasks. Forgetfulness and mental exhaustion saps up all your energy, effecting productivity and creating a gap between you and your self esteem.”
We live in a bubble of hope and when life goes down hill or when we don’t get the credit we deserve, we start re-assessing our choices. It’s time to stop brooding over what’s in the past. Take a step forward to a better future! Smile, give yourself some credit! Restore some self love and trust your strengths!
How Do You Fix A Burnout?
Surabhi opines, “Engaging in mindful activities can rewire your brain maintaining cognitive health. It can help combat the effects of burnout efficiently. A healthy diet, good exercise, generating work life balance and taking out some ‘me time’ to live for yourself by indulging in your hobby or interest can help recuperate from burnouts.”
Here are a few things you can do:
- Seek professional help.
- Take time out for yourself.
- Bring in a hobby
- Love yourself
- Be reasonable and cut yourself some slack.
- Be grateful and appreciate the little things joyful around you.
How Can You Avoid This?
Maintaining a work-life balance is essential says Dr. Sunila Kumari. Aspire according to your capacity, avoid comparison, increase spiritual and emotional quotient.”
Psychotherapist, Renie Anthony says, “The idea of self-care is absent. It is essential to focus on yourself every once in a while and be mindful of the things that matter to you like family and friends.”
Relationships and Burnout
Revathy Krishna Kumar, a relationship expert says, “Individuals suffering from a burnout feel emotionally detached and wish to isolate themselves. This directly affects the relationships with their partners. From working professionals to stay-at-home moms, anyone who does not take a break can be easy victims to a burnout. With a lack of passion and compassion for each other, their sex-life also takes a back seat!”
Here are a few tips on how you can help your partner and yourself, according to Revathy:
- Share the details of how your day was with your partner. Unburdening helps unwind, and gets rid of pent up emotions.
- Be honest to each other and believe that you are in the relationship to stay. There is no exit!
- Give each other some space to do your own things.
- Socialize and try to engage in fun conversations with your friends.
- It’s okay to be a clingy couple if you enjoy it, do not fall prey for stereotypes that surround you!
- Write down a flow chart of both positive and negative aspects of your relationship and engage in a healthy analysis.
- Start a new activity together and grow together.