I’m Burning Out
March 13, 2020
Claire Miles

As I mentioned probably too much by now, I started working at a new job in September. When I started it, I was so enthused, as I was certain this was my dream job. However, as time went by, I faced many struggles that only proved to me this is not what I am looking for. This isn’t the first time I struggled at a new job. Facing difficulties in the past, it motivated me to do better and improve, but this time it’s different. Now, I am breaking down.

Over time, I found myself feeling more and more exhausted. I found myself constantly tired, with no energy or desire to hang out with my friends, started neglecting my health. Showing up to work is a struggle I face on a day to day basis.

Before entering this job, many people warned me about feeling burnt out. Looking into it, I understood that this is what I am experiencing. Well, as it turns out, my case isn’t that rare. According to Forbes, many millennial women are experiencing job burnout before even turning 30. The American Psychological Association’s David Ballard, PsyD describes job burnout as: “an extended period where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.”

Ballard went on to say that a lot of burnout has to do with experiencing chronic stress, which fits me perfectly. My new job is extremely stressful, even without the fact that it is a new one. Some of the signs that show you may be experiencing burnout include exhaustion, lack of motivation, frustration, health problems, not taking care of yourself, and slipping job performances, among others. Many of these signs match my story and experience, and it is helpful that I can understand now what had happened to me.

There are some possible solutions for those experiencing a burnout. Some of which are taking more rest, cultivating your life outside of work, and more. I found, that the solution for me is to pull the plug. I realized that in my case, it’s not that I work too much or that my place of work is too harsh on me, but rather that the job doesn’t suit me. I don’t like what I am doing and it doesn’t fit me. So, I scheduled job interviews and I plan on leaving soon.

Sometimes, no matter what you try to do, nothing seems to help. In those cases, like my own, it is just time to move on.

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