So much for the 9 to 5… Americans are more burnt out than ever — here’s how to fix it

If you’re a victim of the Sunday scaries, you’re not alone: 50% of Americans say they’re “consistently drained at work.”


October 16, 2017

If you’re a victim of the Sunday scaries, you’re not alone: 50% of Americans say they’re “consistently drained at work.”

And, while most of us think of burnout as a symptom of being overworked, it can actually stem from a number of causes. Here are the 3 most common types of burnout, and how to turn the corner:

1. Overload: This feeling typically stems from our relentless pursuit of success — often at the expense of our health and personal relationships.

Solution: Vacation. Take a load off pal; you’ve earned it. Oh, and don’t be afraid to do something a little more fulfilling in your free time — turns out those Netflix binges aren’t as “restorative” as we’d like to believe.

2. Under-challenged: People in this category feel underappreciated, bored, and lacking growth opportunities at work. It manifests itself in cynicism, avoiding responsibilities, and generally “checking out.”

Solution: Find something to invest in — at work or otherwise. Treat your job like a marriage: if you’re stuck in the same old routine, take time to explore your interests and rekindle your curiosities.

3. Neglect: This is the result of feeling helpless in one’s own work, and it’s actually the most common form of burnout. Much like imposter syndrome, it can strike when we feel incompetent, unable to keep up or keep hitting roadblocks at work.

Solution: Make a list of tasks you can delegate to take some responsibilities off your plate. Setting boundaries and saying “no” once in a while can help you feel more in control of your workload.

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