Part 1: Understanding burnout
If you’ve been keen on exploring more about burnouts, their causes and how to possible prevent them – you’ve come to the right place. A couple of months ago, I braved a major career shift. I went from teaching two-year-olds at a nursery, to taking up a role in the highly dynamic industry of PR and communications. Just like that.
I took an online course about marketing and consumer behaviour and started looking for jobs until I was able to secure an interview, which then led to a part-time three months internship, and that ultimately landed me in the job I currently have.
During my internship period, my work time at the nursery was from 7.30 in the morning until 2.30 in the afternoon, then from 2.30 pm – until 7.30 pm I was in the office for some new learning. Fast-forward three months, I got the job and I was over the moon with joy. With a typical mindset of – I need to hustle & push myself in order to get to where I need to be – I started the new adventure.
A couple of months later, I started feeling anxious, irritated, nervous, emotional, and indifferent toward everything happening around me. I was no longer interested in what made me happy, I was always tired, I felt disconnected and discontent almost 24/7, with so little energy to get the job done or to enjoy any of my usual hobbies.
Armed with an academic background in Psychology, I was able to detect the symptoms of burnout. This helped me understand how I had been feeling and what I needed to do.
Now do not get me wrong!
Having the mindset of needing to work extra hard and walking the extra mile in order to achieve your goals is not wrong, nor is it a negative mindset. But, always be mindful of what your body and brain tell you.
If you’d like to go into details about what drives burnout and how to overcome it, read the second part of my blog.
Tima Khalifeh is Account Executive at Cicero & Bernay Communication Consultancy, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. | www.cbpr.me