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When Living For The Weekend Becomes A Sign Of Job Burnout

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When your phone is nearby, you may find yourself checking email apps and work notifications mindlessly to check in.

First, recognize where this need to be available may be coming from. Then create boundaries about when you’re available, and share those expectations. Even if you need to be reachable, you can be intentional about how much work you allow to take up your weekend.

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When Living For The Weekend Becomes A Sign Of Job Burnout

When Living For The Weekend Becomes A Sign Of Job Burnout

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Understanding burnout

The main reason for being burnout isn’t necessarily being overworked. It can also come from being under-challenged. 

Burnout is chronic workplace stress that can result in feelings of being drained and being increasingly disengaged and cynical about your work.

Burnout and your free time

When you are experiencing burnout from the stress of your job, you can forget what time off is supposed to feel like. 

You can even develop bad habits on the weekend that are making you feel even more drained and overwhelmed on Monday morning.

Living too much for the weekend

When people split their week up and start thinking of work as bad and the weekend as all good, that contributes to the problem.

Bring your weekend into your week, and find engagement elsewhere: if that's when you connect with friends and family, find a way to make it a part of your workdays as well. Also, choose to engage during your free days with activities such as volunteering, arts or even starting a side hustle.

“When people say, ‘I hate Mondays,’ or ‘Thank God it’s Friday,’ these are cute little sayings, but what you’re telling yourself is, ’80% of my life sucks."

“When people say, ‘I hate Mondays,’ or ‘Thank God it’s Friday,’ these are cute little sayings, but what you’re telling yourself is, ’80% of my life sucks."

Venting about work all the time

Constantly complaining about your terrible colleagues and your boss on the weekend can feel like a stress release in the moment, but in the long-run, this rumination can make you feel even worse.

Gain self-awareness and reframe your thinking“What can I do about this?” or "How can I learn from this going forward?" are good questions to use.

Not engaging with the world

When you’re experiencing burnout, your tunnel vision of work, work, work can lead to trouble engaging in the world outside of it on the weekends.

Be intentional. This doesn’t mean you can’t relax on your couch and watch movies, but be thoughtful about this plan.

Technology controls you

When your phone is nearby, you may find yourself checking email apps and work notifications mindlessly to check in.

First, recognize where this need to be available may be coming from. Then create boundaries about when you’re available, and share those expectations. Even if you need to be reachable, you can be intentional about how much work you allow to take up your weekend.

Take responsibility

Burnout is not always your problem, but you should feel empowered to change what you can.

When you trace your burnout to a systemic toxic source, you need to decide whether staying at this job outweighs what it is doing to your mental health.

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Finding a creative outlet

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