Burnout is a big problem for a lot of people right now. If you’re feeling so stressed you could scream, you’re not alone. We’ve been there. Millions of people have been there, and it’s been quite bad in the last few years as employers and families juggle the whole concept of remote and hybrid work. You might be one of the many who really needs to get out of the house on a regular basis. Or maybe your manager is one of those who became a remote work micro-manager.
When your autonomy is taken away, so is your ability to seek joy or even take care of yourself when you need to unwind. It’s no surprise that you’re burning out if you can’t decide when to take your breaks at work or when it’s time for a glass of wine and a long bubble bath at home. If you can’t choose how you manage your own time or make little improvements to your environment, you’ve lost your inalienable right to pursue your own happiness.
Let’s talk about how lack of autonomy can cause that burnout that’s been growing like a stress ball in your brain – and what to do about it.
One of the best things about being an adult is the ability to make improvements to your life every day. Tripping over the ottoman? Rearrange the living room. Inefficient work performance? Rearrange your schedule or improve your afternoon snack. Those with family matters thrive when they are free to schedule around at-home needs. Those with medical conditions thrive when they are free to get creative with accommodation ideas. As an adult, anything that bothers you, you should have the freedom to at least try making it better, which leads to personal growth and happiness.
Except when you don’t, and it doesn’t. If you don’t have the freedom to control your time, change your environment, adapt your routine, or take care of yourself privately, frustration is just the beginning of your worries. That micro-managing boss who doesn’t let you flow can turn a fun job into a painful grind. A home life that overtakes your personal care or doesn’t consider your needs can be just as restrictive a