Yes, you’re burnt out, but is it neglect burnout or under-challenged burnout?

Overload burnout usually impacts those who are extremely dedicated to their job, often forcing them to work in a way that’s just not sustainable. This then leaves them feeling drained both physically and mentally.

Those who experience overload burnout are more inclined to complain about how tired they are, and can make their situation worse by assigning themselves more responsibilities, thinking it will solve the problem.

Symptoms:

  • You prioritise other people’s needs before your own.

  • You dedicate too much time to your career and ambitions – more than what is considered healthy.

  • You neglect your personal life for your professional life.

How to get out of it:

There are two steps to overcoming overload burnout, and the first is to develop stronger emotional regulation skills.

This is when you can put a label on exactly what you’re feeling, and can reframe negative self-talk.

So, if you’re someone who is working from morning to night, with no breaks or time for yourself, instead of telling yourself you need to hustle to be successful, you can shift your mindset and say, “the more I enjoy my life, the more successful I’ll be.”.

Second, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s important to devote your time to different areas of your life, instead of solely focusing on work. Step away from your computer and take part in things that you enjoy.

Under-challenged burnout.

Burnout doesn’t only prey on people who do too much, it can also affect those who do too little. Under-challenged burnout is when your brain isn’t stimulated enough, leaving you unmotivated and bored.

People experiencing this type of burnout often feel underappreciated and stunted, because their job lacks growth and learning opportunities.