Experiencing burnout is like driving a hooptie. One day it just starts smoking s0 you have to pull over and abandon it on the side of the road forever. You don’t look back and you can’t revive it. Once you buy a new car, you just forget about the clunker you used to have and keep it moving.
My experience was, perhaps, the classic story of being a proud workaholic for a job that I thought was legendary. But then I soon noticed that I didn’t see my friends as often, my health was suffering, and my mind was turning to a dark place. I had no energy, drive, or even interest in the things I once had. At work, I was going along for the ride and trying to do my best but my fatigue probably made me suffer professionally without even knowing it.
I started a new job in January 2019 and can’t explain the relief that it’s been. The amount of stress and heartache I got from my previous role was simply unhealthy. I couldn’t take any more of the crazy hours, the extremely unkind clients, the unsupportive colleagues, and my out-of-touch boss. I noticed that I too was becoming a miserable grump that I truly didn’t want to be!