Shoutout to a Burnout
Oh, how happy you were.
Working from home meant no more commute. No more cramped office. No more pesky co-workers and snoopy managers with nothing better to do than interrupt you with work.
Instead, you'd be alone with the one person in the world who truly understands and admires you completely. Calm and comfortable in familiar surroundings, you'd do your work without stress and stressors. It would be paradise.
Oh, how wrong you were.
Maybe in the beginning, working from home was an upgrade, but now, after weeks of frantic emails, desperate phone calls and endless gloomy Zoomy meetings, you're not only overheated but also burned out. Worst of all, you know that things are not going to change -- not quickly and maybe not ever.
Putting soothing salve on burnout is the goal of a recent article by Jo Yurcaba on the job site The Muse. "Work-From-Home Burnout Is Real -- Here's How to Recover."
According to Yurcaba, burnout occurs "when people can't separate their work life and their home life." Put simply, you no longer have a home to escape to when work gets bad, and you no longer have work to escape to when your life gets bad. Work ... life ... they both get mushed together, trapping you in a gooey ball of anxiety and discontent.
At least when you worked in an office, you could slip out the back door and find freedom. Slip out the back door of your home office and what do you find? The laundry room. (Hey, it's not so bad. You've worn the same sweatpants for two weeks. Someone has to wash them.)
So, how do you put out a burnout?
"Take control of what you can" is the start of a cure. Yes, the whole world is making decisions for you, but you can take control of many important aspects of your life, such as deciding what color socks you will wear or -- if you're willing to live with the scandal -- whether you will even wear socks at all.