Rethink How You “Rest” to Help Fight Burnout

Feel like you’re running on empty? You’re not alone.

According to a survey by Indeed earlier this year, nearly 60% of Millennials and Gen Z’s are battling burnout. This percentage is even higher than in 2020 during the peak of the pandemic and remote work season.

People often say they’re experiencing burnout because they’re doing “too much.” But one could argue that they’re experiencing it because they’re not doing enough– that is, enough of what makes them joyful.

So often when we begin to feel burnt out, our first instinct is to “rest” by bingeing a show or sleeping all day. However, more often than not, the rest we need is not found by sitting on the couch.

You have to fill yourself back up in order to pour into your family, friends, work, school, and whatever else you’re balancing. Take a step back and schedule something restful for yourself this week.

It can be as simple as 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading time before bed or a quiet cup of coffee in the morning. Maybe it’s taking a hike. Maybe it’s cooking a meal. Embrace the season with a visit to an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch.

There’s no one-size-fits-all fix. It’s something you must discover for yourself.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed today, pause and close your eyes. Think ahead and find 10 minutes in your schedule that you can dedicate to caring for yourself. Then, keep it in your mind as something to look forward to as you navigate the day.

Inhale. Exhale. You’ve got this.