Right now, we’re being encouraged to lean in, hustle and take every opportunity that comes our way. It’s an amazing time to make our mark on the world, but there’s also a downside to all that ambition and hard work – we’re experiencing burnout at an alarming rate.
Burnouts occur under severe and chronic stress, leading to long-term detachment, mental and physical exhaustion, and general feelings of helplessness, but they often go undetected because of their slow buildup.
“Burnouts tend to be cumulative and prolonged. Someone who has had multiple stressors happen to them in the workplace and who is not engaging in consistent, diligent self-care is at a greater risk of experiencing one,” says clinical psychologist Dr Euodia Chua.
We got two ladies to share their experiences: