Word On The Block Is... You're Burned Out

“Only 5 more days” I tell myself, as I count the days remaining in the program year. “You look tired” I hear quite too often. “Why are you so happy” when I burst through the door with the glow of knowing it’s almost over. Burnout is real, but I’m taking it one day at a time.

In the past, I’ve been known to uproot myself from situations that displease me— “protecting my peace” is a very important concept for me, especially when it comes to the place where I spend most of my time. This year, I decided to push through, even though my spirit told me to run on my first day! Now that I’m nearing the end, I’m literally crawling to the finish line— but it truly feels like I have nothing left to give!

"They say the bravest thing you can do is to keep going when you feel like giving up"

... but is it always worth it?

If you’re feeling burned out, it’s important to pinpoint the source. Maybe your work is spilling into your everyday life. Maybe you’re constantly being asked to meet unrealistic expectations, and absurd deadlines. Maybe it doesn’t even have anything to do with work! After pin pointing the source of your frustration, it’s time to figure out the “what next” — do you stay, or do you leave. Trust, the answer won’t come easy.

Here are some questions to consider, that I hope will bring you closer to sorting things out:

A) Am I amplifying negativity based on one hard day, or are there consistent flaws in my work environment that justify moving on?

B) Is there a solution to my problem? Will things get better if I consult my boss or a human resource manager?

C) Do I need some time away from the job— will a vacation or a personal day benefit me long term? Do I need to practice self care more regularly?

At the end of the day, you have to know what’s best for you! If you’ve weighed the pros and cons, and you can recover from your burnout, by all means stay! But if you’re truly miserable and you need to move on, go for it!

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