Guest on Podcast: Burnout

 

I hope you all are doing well, all things considered. Burnout has been a topic I have watched become more frequent in light of the societal isolation accompanying Covid-19, with new found constraints and many new to remote work employees.

Burnout is a topic that has been with me for quite a few years now as a seasoned remote employee, and I feel like I have a good handle on what to do about the type of burnout that can happen in isolation. So when I heard others begin to mention frustrations around me centering on feeling alone and lacking motivation, it felt like I was looking into a familiar field I had been in before, only now it was a field populated with many having the same experience.

Rather than a grassland, it looked like a field of wild flowers, a pedaled grouping of beautiful individuals in similar home office spaces, wanting to connect and be plugged in with each other, yet completely missing each other, and I felt like I needed to rise to the occasion, claim my place within the desolate and patterned grassland, and tell my story. 

In a nutshell, I have been a remote employee for the past six years, and I am discovering that much of what I am hearing people talk about in relation to burnout is what I experienced when I first started remote work six years ago. 

Six years ago, I found myself newly relocated with my family in a new state and in a new job as a remote employee. What I discovered then that seems to ring true now for so many now is that there is something about the combination of being in a type of day to day solitude combined with remote work (work happening primarily by means of a computer screen) that can cause a specific type of burnout to occur.

The type of burnout I am referring to is burnout that can happen due to lack of meaningful human connection that can leave people feeling detached from each other and their work. If you can identify with this type of burnout, know you are not alone, and there are things you can do. 

Check out my interview below on How Do Artists where I share and talk about this very thing. (See the link below): 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1055481208230566&ref=watch_permalink

 

Wishing you positive and productive writing always! 

~ Christina