We talk about it in terms of work and career, but it can happen in relationships too. Have you ever been in a relationship where you felt drained anytime you were around the person? Or, felt like you had to walk on eggshells? Or, simply felt unheard and unseen much of the time? This could be any relationship in your life - intimate, family, friends, or colleagues.
Chances are if you stayed in this dynamic long enough, you experienced (or are currently experiencing) some form of burnout. Collins dictionary defines burnout as a state of emotional exhaustion caused by the stresses of one’s work or other responsibilities. This can show up as feeling sad, angry, or easily frustrated. It can show up physically as insomnia, digestive issues, or chronic pain. Mentally, you can have a hard time focusing on tasks at hand, thereby affecting your work and career.
The truth is relationships can be the greatest source of joy, and the greatest source of stress at the same time. When things aren’t going smoothly, it can affect other areas of your life including your career, health, and overall well-being. Give yourself space to intentionally cultivate relationships that fill your cup instead of drain your energy.
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