Dealing with burnout

VERBAL VARIETY - Annie Fe Perez - The Freeman

You wake up and find out it’s another day. It would be better if would just stay in bed. Anyway, nobody at the office would bother to ask where you are. It's as if your presence isn't needed. You fight the urge get extra minutes of sleep then prepare for the day, lifeless and with no vigor. Going to your workstation is a dreadful chore but you punch in, though. This cycle goes on.


Who else is familiar with this scenario? I'm sure a lot of millennials are struggling in this adult world, facing issues like this in the workplace. It's true the generation before us forgot to teach us the value of work or something in between. We feel entitled to a job that is worth the title we graduated with. I realized it doesn't work that way in the real world.

The feeling of being burned out is real. It's when you just have too much on your plate, add to that the toxic people around you. It gets the most of you, killing your inner happy vibe which translates to channeling an irritable whole new person. That's not healthy at all. When we were young, we were fooled into believing going to work was cool because you had liberty over your time and finances. I guess we were fooled too much.

There are a lot of options to deal with being burned out. The internet suggests exercise, taking a vacation, and meditating. What if you have done it all but still don't find joy? Time becomes meaningless and you go back to the sick cycle of the job that you once loved but now dread. This feeling is relevant to the generation today that seems to hop from one job to another.

If we keep on pulling down the new generation of workers by exploiting them and killing their ideals, I'm sure we will become a country with a poor workforce. We will have people who can't even stand up for themselves and their beliefs. It’s true that newbies in the field should submit to their superiors but there is always a limit to everything. Like other humans, we all get tired at some point.

Discussing this topic at the height of fires in Metro Cebu and an impending measles catastrophe makes us want to think twice about the real reason why we get up every day. It is important for one to have a sense of fulfillment daily. Otherwise, it will be a boring, robotic scenario day after day.

As we continue to tread on the steps of the adulting world, I pray we all hold on to the value of work. Although others find deeper meaning in freelancing and social organization, we must not limit ourselves as well. Take that leap wherever the road will lead you, who knows? It might bring you to greater heights. For those still coping with the burnout, don't rush decisions especially when the emotions are high. Step back, think twice, and make sure all is under your control. Either way, you pave the road to your destiny.


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