What kind of burnout do you have?
These days, most of us are operating at some level of burnout, so the question is not are you suffering from burnout, but instead: what kind of burnout are you currently experiencing?
Answer the questions below to find out what kind of burnout is showing up in your life. And, of course, be honest. In burnout, there is no “good” answer, but that means that there isn’t a bad one either. And figuring out where you are is the first step forward.
1. On weekdays, the first thing you think when you wake up is…
A. How much longer could I sleep in and still have time to get ready?
B. There’s no actual way I’ll be able to get enough rest until the weekend, and even that won’t be enough.
C. I’m not sure I can handle even one more day of this.
D. Today will be terrific (but you also are low-key worried that it, ahem, won’t).
2. When your boss says we need to talk, your initial reaction is…
A. She’s noticed me reading all those internet articles about stress and now we have to talk about it. Again.
B. What did I do wrong now?
C. I’m probably going to get fired or at least yelled at.
D. This isn’t necessarily bad (but you also mentally run through everything you’re currently working on to see if you can find any faults or fuckups).
3. When you think about how much work you need to get done and how long you have to do it, you feel…
A. Like you can get it all done but it will require a lot of coffee.
B. Completely overwhelmed and underwater.
C. Resigned to the fact that this is what the rest of your life will look like, and you feel exhausted just thinking about it.
D. Like you can do it because you’re a badass (but also like you have to constantly keep proving that you’re a badass).
4. When people at work aren’t listening to your ideas or feedback, you...
A. Book a meeting with your manager or a colleague you trust to vent.
B. Completely check out of the situation.
C. Keep it together as best you can until you can go to the bathroom and cry.
D. Are totally chill about it (but only on the outside. On the inside, you’re worried that maybe they’re onto something).
5. When your commute takes a million years, and you already didn’t feel like you had enough time for a personal life, you…
A. Spend two hours researching work from home jobs, even though you have no intention of applying to them.
B. Feel despondent and like life is just stupid and unfair.
C. Stew about your irritation for the whole commute, arrive home totally exhausted, drink too much wine, and go to bed later than you meant to (because your evenings are your time, dammit).
D. Remind yourself that you have a lot to be grateful for (even though you don’t feel grateful at all in this moment and the idea that you should makes you feel super resentful).