It’s not enough to work less when burnout hits – these 3 strategies will actually help you out of the crisis
The burnout rate is higher than ever.
many people can’t find a way out of burnout because they don’t see any meaning in their lives.
If you can’t find a deeper meaning in your job, you should focus on your private life, even if you don’t have a partner or children.
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Constant warnings of the destruction of the planet, the outbreak of the third world war, the decline of the (automotive) industry or deadly epidemics cause a large proportion of germans to fear the future and feel overtaxed.
The result: many fail at even the smallest tasks. The frequency of the diagnosis "burnout" has almost tripled in germany in the last ten years, as data from the federal statistical office show. The same trend can be observed in the USA, where, according to a survey, almost 60 percent of employees in tech companies feel burned out.
Today, many people have no choice but to find meaning in their jobs
Jason shen, author of the motivational blog "the art of ass kicking," tedx speaker and founder of three startups, explains in an article for the business magazine "fast company" that people can find a way out of burnout if they regain a belief in meaning.
"in the past, people found their sense of life in family and religion," writes shen. But according to a 2018 survey of adolescents and young adults, only 22 percent said they were religious, and marriage and starting a family are also increasingly postponed in Germany and the u.S. According to Shen, many people are left with work as the only source of meaning in their lives. And that is a dangerous situation.
meaning in your personal life even without a partner or children
Because while believing in a professional goal can be very empowering, one professional setback is enough to make your whole life seem meaningless. Shen therefore advises changing the focus.
Strategy 1: regular social activities
A deeper meaning can be found in private life even without a partner or children. Good old friends or new acquaintances proved that you had value outside the professional environment as well. It’s best to organize regular social activities, such as dinners with friends, game nights or sports classes.
Strategy 2: Helping others
For many, meaning is synonymous with the feeling of being needed or contributing to a higher purpose. If you miss this feeling in your work, you can support friends or family members who are going through a difficult time.
Strategy 3: support organizations
Another way to make a positive contribution is to join an organization whose purpose is close to your heart. In the end, whether it’s with friends, family, a club, or an organization, there are many ways to remind yourself that you can make a difference and make the world a better place. And find meaning in life – outside of work.
This article appeared on business insider back in january 2021. It has now been reviewed and updated.