My life was swiftly falling apart. I was in the home stretch of my medical training, running out of compassion and inspiration. I was not sure I was providing my patients with quality care and sometimes I felt like a cog in the immense medical wheel. I was stressed, unhappy, and frustrated with no idea why I was on a road that caused me so much suffering. I was busy, but I felt like I hadn’t moved forward in any area of my life.
I didn’t know it at the time but I was burnt out.
A 2016 report from the consulting group Deloitte found that the most pressing concern for employers is the “overwhelmed employee.” For many years, psychologists thought burnout only happened in the corporate workplace. Now this may not be the case. Mothers, entrepreneurs, artists and others may be feeling burnout as well. The Association for Psychological Science (APS) notes that there are three main varieties of burnout—each with different symptoms and different solutions. It’s tough to swallow but I have had all three of these types of burnout at some point in my life.
1. Frantic Frannie or Overload burnout
This is the frenzied colleague of yours that works and works until they pass out. They have too much on their plate and they may feel that no one sees how hard they work. These individuals may try to cope by complaining about the hierarchy at work or their sucky boss. This type is closely related to emotional venting. Venting is great but only to a point. These folks tend to be successful, driven and work more than 40 hours a week usually. I was Frannie in the story above. But later I needed up feeling like….
2. Online Shopping Oliver or under-challenged burnout
These folks may feel completely bored from their lives or work. Their lives or tasks may be monotonous or not as exciting as they desire. They may feel overqualified and underestimated. They may not be rewarded for their good work so they feel even less motivated. People like this may be more passive so instead of taking action, they spiral into a vicious cycle of inaction -> resentment/frustration -> inaction. This type of burnout is usually related with the type of occupation that has many routine duties.
3. Exhausted Emma or worn out burnout
This can happen with folks who are too overwhelmed with the day to day happens and struggle to by each day. They may be new moms who are exhausted and feeling like they can’t be everything they want to be. They feel like their world is out of control and their efforts go unacknowledged. They may ultimately start to neglect themselves or their work because the pressure is just too much.
This type of burnout is also associated with greater than 16 years of service within an organization or environment. This is also associated with people who are super responsible and take care of everyone’s needs at work and home before they take care of themselves and their own needs.
The APS study that discovered these types found that 15 percent of employees in the study experienced overload burnout, 9 percent experienced under-challenged burnout, and 21 percent were worn-out. That’s a whole lot of burnt out people! If you feel you may be in one of these categories, seek help. I thought I could do it myself but I couldn’t. You can’t do this alone either.The way I got out of my dark hole was through coaching, rest and self care.
If you are interested in learning more about these solutions, book in a call with me so we can brainstorm together.