At the time of writing this, I’m just about to take a week off blogging and freelance writing to spend time with my BF who’s over from the USA — and I’m feeling burned out AF.
I’ve been busting my BUTT to get everything tied up in a pretty pink bow before the end of the week strikes and I inevitably spend my final working day in a ball of stress because X, Y and Z isn’t done and OMG there’s NO TIME!
Then it got me thinking…
How many of us millennials constantly experience the feeling of “burnout” nowadays? In an age of smartphones, technology and social media, and being hit with an abundance of information on a daily basis, aren’t we all just trying to keep our heads above water? Do we EVER have time to TRULY relax?
I really don’t know how we’re coping in this digital era, to be honest.
Well, you can argue that a lot of us AREN’T, thanks to the rise in mental health issues (anxiety, you be the DEVIL) and our increasingly busy schedules SLASH hectic lifestyles.
But we’re all just doing the best we can, aren’t we? Yeah, I know — the burnout struggle is real.
If you’re feeling burned out at the moment, I just want you to know that you’re not alone. Join the club, homie, because it’s a common millennial conundrum.
Not sure if you’re feeling burned out? Well, there are some tell-tale signs.
1. You have no idea what day of the week it is.
Is it Monday? Is it Tuesday? Are you supposed to be at work or is it playtime? You have absolutely no clue if you’re feeling burned out.
Why? Well, your brain seems overloaded with EVERY LITTLE THING and, as a result, you feel like you have to hold onto your knickers extra hard. OTHERWISE, they might just fall off — EEK.
2. You feel incredibly anxious and/or stressed.
Thanks to a chemical imbalance in the brain, depression and anxiety can strike even at the best of times in your life. However, if you suffer from anxiety like 1 in 4 of us in the UK (hi, old friend), it’s likely to feel particularly gremlin-y when you’ve got SO MUCH ON at work, university and/or other.
It’s like your very irritating little cousin who keeps punching you in the arm because they know it’s bothering you. It’s like, cheers, pal — can you stop intentionally stressing me out now?
3. You’re doing everything super last minute.
When you’re feeling burned out, even if it’s not your usual style, you run around like a headless chicken trying to get things done in both your work and personal life.
Me? I’m usually super organised. When I’m feeling burned out? Not so much.
I become like the Swedish Chef from The Muppets throwing stuff around everywhere in a mad panic because I’m supposed to meet my sister at 3pm and OMG it’s 3.05pm and I haven’t even left the house yet. SHIIITTT.
4. You experience constant memory loss.
Oh, it’s my Mum’s birthday today – is it? No, that’s impossible. It’s on Thursday 24th. Oh, it IS Thursday 24th already? IS IT? WTF, I thought it was only 22nd.
(^^^ My life right now as a burned out millennial. Sigh.)
Whether it’s a doctor’s appointment, that all-important meeting with your boss or your Mum’s birthday (sorry, Mum), you tend to forget EVERYTHING during burnout and it WON’T BE COOL. I mean, the last time I checked, I was 27 not 87?
5. Your to-do list is a mile long.
There aren’t enough hours in the day when you’re feeling burned out. You’re able to cross a few things off your to-do list for today, only to have to add a few more things onto tomorrow’s.
This constantly makes you think to yourself: Will the chaos EVER end?
6. Your brain is buzzing before you go to bed.
As well as having crazy days when you’re feeling burned out, you also have disrupted nights.
Why? Because you won’t be able to switch your brain off before you go to sleep. Sometimes, this also results in a LACK of sleep, which sucks when you wake up the next day looking like the cast of Night of the Living Dead. Fit AF, I know.
7. You have no time to see your friends/family/other half (delete as appropriate).
Burnout means that your spare time is non-existent and you go for weeks without seeing (or even texting) your loved ones because you feel like you don’t have time to spit.
You also completely forget that exercising is even a thing because LOL how are you supposed to fit THAT into your overly busy schedule? It looks like a quick walk around the block will have to do!
8. You feel like everything is a massive rush.
From working to supermarket shopping to taking a quick walk around the block (GUILTY), everything feels like a huge rush when you’re feeling burned out.
You rarely get a moment to yourself to just relax, and when you do…
9. You don’t enjoy the time you get to yourself.
DUN DUN DUUUNNN.
Burnout is nasty because even when you DO have a moment to chill, you find it practically IMPOSSIBLE to switch off from everything swirling around constantly in your brain.
Long, soothing bubble baths? BE GONE. It now causes you MORE stress to be sat in a tub for 30 minutes when you could (and probably should) be doing something more productive. HUMPH.
10. You continuously yearn for time off.
The final major sign that you’re feeling burned out is when you spend hours daydreaming of your upcoming week off work where you have nothing to do but binge-watch your favourite Netflix TV show or pop around to all your friends’ houses for a catchup.
Oh, relaxing days off — you are the work of an ANGEL.
As a busy millennial in the 21st century, the burnout struggle is DEFINITELY real. However, it’s important to take the time you need to get yourself back on track both mentally and physically.
Also, try not to push SO hard. I know I’m super guilty of doing this, but it only results in a longer recovery time. (Trust me, I’ve been there.)
Take regular holidays off work, have plenty of self-care time and don’t pressure yourself to see your friends and family so frequently. Instead, see them when you can. If they truly love you, they’ll understand what you’re going through and accept the situation no questions asked.
Above all, make sure that you PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN every now and again (this works wonders) and remember YOU ARE ONLY HUMAN.
As soon as you start making positive life changes and giving yourself frequent breaks, it won’t be long before you’re feeling your usual badass self again and KILL IT with productivity so that you can say GOODBYE to burnout for good. You’ve SO got this, boo.
Trousers – Primark (similar here)
Tee – ASOS
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Bag – Topshop (similar here)
Sunglasses – Rayban (similar here)
Have you ever experienced burnout? How could you tell? Let me know in the comments!