Burnout is exceptionally relevant these days. Not only because you’ve probably heard about it all over social media, but because so many of us have actually experienced it recently or are going through it right now. Work/life balance is hard to achieve even in the perfect circumstances, but with the current state of affairs and the global pandemic, it’s been harder than ever. Many of us found ourselves working from home, feeling isolated and exhausted, irritated by the easiest tasks, or drowning in apathy. You’d think working from home would make it easier on our mental health, and for some it is. But many people feel like they’re imprisoned in their own home, doing the same thing every day, and tackling work tasks gets harder and harder. Despite the fact that the conversion about burnout is ongoing, few really know enough about it. There are many myths about burnout, mostly created by those who only heard about it and never bothered to dig deeper and find the correct meaning of it. We’re here today to bust some myths about the causes of burnout.
1. Burnout Happens To Weak People
First of all, burnout doesn’t discriminate, it’s coming for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re working part-time as a waitress while pursuing an acting career, or if you’re a high-achieving lawyer or the CEO of a huge company. Burnout just happens to those who are overworked, and the threshold for that is different for everyone.
2. If You Love What You Do You Won’t Experience Burnout
Actually, people who are truly passionate about their job are even more likely to experience burnout than those who are just working a job they feel neutral about. Those artists that are putting everything into their work, the students who are trying their best to combine their university schedule with an internship to get their foot in the door, the young professionals doing their best to climb the corporate ladder and achieve success in their dream profession – all of them are equally likely to burn out.
3. Burnout Will Pass On Its Own
Burnout is not the common cold, it won’t just pass in a week on its own. It’s not something that just happens suddenly. Burnout doesn’t happen overnight, and it won’t just disappear in a weekend. You can’t just ignore it until it goes away. In fact, you might just make it worse if you try to ignore it. If you start just feeling numb to the world and everything that surrounds you – that’s a symptom of getting worse, not better.
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