Many, if not all of us suffer or have suffered from fatigue and burnout. Lingering tiredness, exhaustion, a feeling of needing significant rest even after a night’s sleep. Both negative mental states have innumerable causes including biological, physiological, psychological, and circumstantial.
Feeling the relentless weight of the need to constantly pursue productivity and produce results is draining and leads to fatigue and burnout. Our jobs are a primary culprit of both.
Fatigue infiltrates other areas of our lives, no matter which sparked the match.
Fortunately there are noticeable warning signs we can identify. Dreading work. Letting go of things previously important to us. Diminished capacity to feel pleasure and joy. Dozing off unexpectedly.
Unfortunately, often we are already sagging under their heaviness prior to realizing the extent of impact and by the time we attempt amelioration our batteries are bankrupt.
Fatigue causes and exacerbates negative states of mind and conditions like depression. Fatigue dampens our immune response making us more susceptible to developing health complications and worsening symptoms.
Fatigue decreases mental acuity making it harder to organize thoughts. Fatigue is an elevator in free fall, descending with an inevitable destination of burnout.
Once burnout overtakes us the fatigue is infinitely intensified. One may enjoy most aspects of their work but if they cant do anything about the things causing the burnout their options are limited.
One can stay in the situation, working through their burnout by attempting to restore one’s life force and continuing to chug along or removing oneself from the crater of burnout and finding another job or career.
It’s possible to recover from burnout through good self care and use of coping skills.
We can recharge our batteries and reignite the sparks of our passions, It takes commitment to sustain but getting in touch with those feelings and reasons for why we are doing what we do to begin with is a good first step.