Millennials: A Generation Of Burned-out Bunch

Burnout is a feeling that something in a person’s life is not working. It is the feeling of being unproductive, drained with energy, finding oneself helpless, increasingly desperate, and unhappy. Millennials have been affected by the negative consequences of burnout particularly in work, home, and social life.

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What are millennials’ burnout?

Millennials’ are a more educated and open-minded generation. They are known as determined, spoon-fed, self-loving, lazy, and technology addicts.

On the other hand, they have a superior drive to succeed, not only towards material gratification but in pursuit of extraordinary fulfillment.

Millenials’ burnout first become popular in the much-shared article by Anne Helen Petersen. She wrote: 

“None of these tasks were that hard. It’s not as if I were slacking for the rest of my life. But when it came to the mundane, the medium priority, the stuff that wouldn’t make my job easier or my work better, I avoided it. The more I tried to figure out my errand paralysis, the more the actual parameters of burnout began to reveal themselves. It’s not limited to workers in acutely high-stress environments. And it’s not a temporary affliction. It’s the millennial condition.”

This condition can lead to self-destructive thoughts and depression, also known as burnout, and Millennials experiencing burnout are advised to seek help through counseling.

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Life comparison in social media

Comparison of social status online is continually intensified, unending posts with life accomplishments, love, and friendship as one browse through apps results in depressive symptoms to this generation.

Millennials feel compelled to prove their worth a lot more every day. They find satisfaction in having the latest gadgets and making sure everyone knows about it by posting it in social media.

Avoiding social media isn’t enough to be stress-free. However, comparing themselves to others makes them suffer a significant level of stress.

Excessive internet use also contributes to physical and mental exhaustion that can impact people negatively even in the workplace.

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Emotional exhaustion

Millennials respond to emotional exhaustion differently. They feel dissatisfied easily and look for another job quickly compared to other generations.

Debts, disappointing salary growth, and little work-life balance plus the lure of social media make a recipe for emotional exhaustion.

A consumer psychologist and professor emerita at Golden Gate University Kit Yarrow said:

“Millennials have this double whammy of anxiety coupled with a really strong work ethic. Before they even get started, millennials approach their tasks in life with a level of anxiety, which depletes their resources for managing stress.”

Complex environments and high expectations of self, make Millenials suffer the burnout condition.

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High expectations

Millennials do not know how to relax, and they keep thinking. They are always vigilant and watchful on the things they are about to do, but can’t bring themselves to do so.

They are self-critic type of idealists who work diligently to avoid failure, putting themselves at risk of burnout.

These young people consider to working all the time to meet self-fulfillment, and being ordinary is no longer enough. A belief that they need to be always in progress makes them susceptible to overwhelming stress.

Too many expectations from parents and society, aggravated by the pressure of social media to live the best life, make millennials terrified in the thoughts of failure and it drains their energy.

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Beating burnout

Social and physical interaction are a few of the best ways to combat stress. Having a good listener face-to-face who will listen without judgmental opinions is the fastest way to help millennials ease and relieve stress.

Beating stress is a lot easier when people have someone to support them. It is best to seek professional help through counseling if the feelings are severe and when one feels like there is nothing more to give. 

People experiencing burnout should try reaching out to others to become a lot stronger. They should try to build new friendships and engage with real social interaction.

Source Link: U.S.News