Stage 5 Burnout: The Devastation of the Ds
It is undeniable—we live in a harsh world that burdens us with responsibilities and pressures us to excel. Every single time.
It’s a tough competition, not with others around you but with the society that always watches and always expects. And so we run around, do things, and chase a life that the world tells us to live. Sometimes we go by, living life when we don’t understand what living life even means. And even those of us who live with passion, chasing their dreams, and fulfilling a mission still find themselves lost.
So, it is normal to feel tired. Lost. Exhausted. It is okay to feel burnt out. But when we do, we should also know that it’s okay to take a pause, to stop, and take things slowly. You don’t always need to rush and push yourself beyond your limits. The world may seem like it’s dictating to us what to do, but we have the agency to choose what we want and how we want it.
In the previous episodes, we learned that burnout might feel something like exhaustion. But it’s more than that. We also understood that burnout comes in phases. And it is through discussions like this that we can normalize and shed light on what dangers the continuous feeling of burnout might lead us to. Conversations like this allow us to introspect within ourselves and assess whether we are on the verge of burnout or we have already entered its stages. Through conversations like this, we are made aware, and with awareness comes preventions and solutions.
We have talked about the stages of burnout. Now, we wrap up this series by talking about the last stage—Stage 5: Devastations of the Ds. Understand what stage 5 is like as you tune in to this episode.
Wisdom To Live By:
- “It was a monumental mountain of cleanup that I had to do, but at the same time, it was totally worth it because on the other side of burnout was my best life.” – Becca Powers
- “With understanding comes awareness. And with awareness, we can create change. Awareness is always the key to change.” – Becca Powers
- “Give yourself permission to prioritize your well-being.” – Becca Powers