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How To Cope With Burnout

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

Hey Lovelies,

After constantly hearing coworkers say "how do you deal with burnout?" left and right I started to wonder about it myself. I had always had this feeling of burnout which increased when I started working after the pandemic (we are still not out of the woods with covid-19 yet) but was never sure how to put it into words.

Evidently I've come to understand that burnout is not something we can simply avoid by closing our eyes and pretending it doesn't exist. Rather than trying to avoid this state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion caused by prolonged stressors we should face burnout head on.

These stressors can look different for everyone but commonly they are caused by but not limited to work, school, home, and social stressors.

As a member of Gen Z, I am aware of the stress we face as students struggling with mental health challenges. Oftentimes we are pressured to obtain high status achievements and when we fall short of that line we diminish our self-worth and doubt comes into play.

As a women of color I also recognize the lack of representation and ability to develop a strong sense of self and belonging on and off campus.

People of color, women, LGBTQ+ students and parents are all known to struggle with mental health challenges, including not feeling a sense of belonging and struggling to develop strong social connections when they are in a minority group on campus.

These challenges can be amplified by burnout, which we often dismiss or shrug off by saying "I'm just fatigued" as we sip our third cup of coffee that week.

But what if we set aside time to talk about burnout and fatigue to showcase how it doesn't have to control our lives and make us miserable all the time?

I am challenging all of you who read this including myself to fight burnout through education with the facts!

What is Burnout?

American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger coined the term "burnout" in the 1970s. He focused his research on understanding and developing treatment options for stress, chronic fatigue and substance abuse.

According to a 2015 research study on "Burnout and Engagement as Mediators in the Relationship between Work Characteristics and Turnover Intentions across Two Ibero-American Nations" burnout is defined as a "response to ongoing stress or psychological strain that involves feelings of emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue and cognitive