I recently published an article at a PBS site for Baby Boomers, How to Recognize–and Survive–Burnout.
While I don’t think my experience is unusual, my willingness to talk about it seems to be. That’s why I wanted to make sure that we included this topic in our BOB series this past spring.
Sure, people will casually say, “I’m burned out.” It usually results in an obligatory 3-day weekend or maybe a week-long vacation. But I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say, “I’m burned out. I’ve got to stop how I’ve been living and working NOW.”
It’s hard to say no.
It’s hard to ask for help.
It’s hard to change.
Unfortunately, I think there are a lot of people who are closer to the “walking dead” than we think. Because truly acknowledging burnout means saying no, asking for help, and changing how you are living and working. It’s not quite like a law of physics, but I don’t know how you get out of a 30-foot hole without asking for some assistance or growing wings.