If you’re hanging round the office well after everyone else has left, having nightmares about unanswered emails at 2am and can’t remember the last time you had ‘me time’ that wasn’t spent mentally going through tomorrow’s to-do list.
You’re burnt out.
You’re no longer happy and fulfilled at work, instead you’re mentally and physically exhausted to the point that you dread the next work day.
But while leaving the very job that’s causing you to feel that way may seem like the obvious solution (if you have the financial security to allow you to do so), journalist and former BuzzFeed News editor Stacy-Marie Ishmael argues that it doesn’t solve the problem at all.
On latest episode of podcast The Broad Experience while examining why women are experiencing burnout faster and younger than ever before, Ishmael recounted instances from her own career.
The lesson she’s learned from these times? Quitting won’t magically fix your burnout – and there’s something far more important you need to do first.
“I think people quit jobs for other reasons. I mean sometimes your preferences change, the country you want to live in changes, your family circumstances change – because unless you figure out how to deal with burnout as a concept, as a thing, it doesn’t matter what job you’re doing,” she said.
In most cases, it’s closer to a temporary band-aid fix that doesn’t address the underlying problem.
And while some cases of stress-related burnout might be industry specific – medicine in particular has extraordinarily high rates – the causes will likely follow you round wherever you go.