I was recently approached by my editor at CNBC.com to write a story about how employee burnout is on the rise.
As a contributor to the site’s section Modern Medicine, I’m used to writing interesting and timely stories about health – but I don’t write much about work issues. But since I like a challenge, I immediately agreed to do the story.
And it didn’t take me long to realize that the word “burnout” is not reserved just for the workplace.
Although my story for CNBC is about how to handle burnout in the workplace that results from things like a difficult manager, fellow employees or a poor work environment, burnout can occur as a result of…life itself. Being a high achiever, clocking long hours, not being in control, resenting what you have to do – these are not all relegated to high-powered or demanding jobs.
I’m sure everyone can relate. The complex and stressful issues of everyday life can leave you depleted and anxious. Just turn on the television (or don’t); drive in traffic and deal with angry and aggressive drivers; wait on hold for customer service and then lose the connection; try to master a seemingly simple digital device and fail; have the same argument over and over with someone you love; deal with a neighbor’s dog’s relentless barking; get caught in a downpour without an umbrella or jacket while wearing suede shoes.
That’s why self-care is so important. Eating right, exercising, de-stressing, doing something you love: these are only a handful of things to help you stay on top of your health and wellness. And since August is Wellness Month, it’s a good reminder to do some things to keep your mental and physical health in check. Carry these tips over to every month of the year, and hopefully the burnout you’re feeling can be extinguished!