I am burned out from working the normal way. I can’t even begin to explain this feeling I know that we all have been dealing with. For me, it’s been a struggle in getting anything to pay enough to barely afford an apartment. Honestly, the year is almost up and I am still behind in my rent. Started a new job, hoping it pays better than my last one. This is the constant struggle, with a looming lockdown possibly hanging in the shadows. Lovely.
The thought had occurred to me about putting things in storage, sell what I can, and take off somewhere. I don’t really have a plan, but this itch is coming at me real strong this time around. I have a parking pass. All I need to do is be able to make enough money to pay for my car, insurance, and storage fees.
Then reality starts to sink back in a little. Should I be that responsible one? Or live a life that is worth living? I had thought about camping in the woods at some of the National Parks and other places. While bringing you food, beer, and wine content. Isn’t that what I had mentioned in the first post? Welcome Friends
Plenty of reasons to be burned out…
Haven’t you notice that there is a push now for more home time and work from home (WFH)? Not to mention that the benefits are also on the minds of many going back to work or entering the job market after a year off. The current trends are looking for more Americans to want the type of pay and benefits that other countries enjoy. They fail to realize that it’s not so rosy in some countries if the cost of living is high.
This brings me back to the thought of just figuring it out as I go along. Everyone is struggling. Not only to find a decent job to keep them from being a part of the working homeless. To find a place to rent they can afford. How can anyone live anywhere when the prices are high to rent and the pay to work is not keeping up.
Many people, like me, are tired of working 3 jobs in order to make ends meet. Watching jobs open up, but find out they pay the minimum. There are some jobs even doing NDA’s verbally so you cant get another job. You work only 30 hours or less on the pay you need to be barely afloat!
What makes this worse is many are doing a career change as well. Which is opening up jobs, but may come at reduced pay in order to recoup some lost money, and those not really knowing the industry standard of pay.
A few ways to regain some sanity…
- Take a long walk
- Drive somewhere to take a long walk
- Schedule a day off to literally just sleep all day (it will be worth it!)
- Do something different for your day off. (move a little out of your comfort zone here!)
- Enjoy the sun, away from electronics.
These are only a few things. You have to do what works for you. I tend to have plenty of large parks here, as well as a few National Monuments in which to lose cell service and contact if only for a few moments. The biggest point I am making here is that you are an adult, you control what brings you happiness. Keep doing that.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. We all need time to readjust to how things have been. It’s now we are realizing that how we work is not working anymore. All of us are burned out, and I don’t blame them for being cranky about what is going on with Covid, masks, and the climate crisis. Want to read my post at the start of Covid? Click Here
What can I do???
Start living life, rid yourself of things you haven’t used in the last 9 months. Make a little money off a few things you have around the house. Start that side hustle that you like doing. I am telling you to go for it. Start living below your means and go out and enjoy life. Make a difference in your neighborhood or city. This is what you can do today and this week in order to make your life better and prevent work burnout.
Self-care is by far the best way to help lessen work burnout. Unfortunately in many service industries, this is very hard to do. Being more pleasant with others that take care of you, cook your food, and do similar things in life. They are the ones with the most burnout and are the ones who are still struggling to find time for a moment of peace.
Need a few signs to see if you have burnout?