You finished work 3 hours ago, why are you still answering emails?
If you feel as though you're #alwayson, and are struggling to switch off outside of work, then you're not alone. Burnout, the disorder stalking stressed out millennials (and everyone else) at every turn, is now a diagnosable condition. Characterised by the following symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy - what is it about the modern day workout that results in generation burnout?
While we can almost hear the typing of opinion pieces ready to speculate the exact causes of burnout, we have preemptively considered potential factors. Meeting about meetings, 100+ unread emails, the existence of Slack, how nobody understood the theme for the Met Gala and having to work in general were the top draw for the causes of our potential burnout.
Rather than sit around and accept our dooming fate, we're keeping that preemptive energy alive by burning burnout before it burns us.
Below, is a definitive guide to Irish Tatler's offline saviours.
Amy Heffernan, Editor - irishtatler.com
"I walk to and from work every day (40 mins each way) and while I'm not completely offline (podcasts do ensue), strolling the same routes, taking the same turns day-on-day really allows me to switch off. The familiarity of both the route – and the routine – give my brain the space to wander and muse on things I just don't get the time to do otherwise. Equally, I've heard the perils of walking while mindless-scrolling and those horror stories have proved plenty keep my phone firmly in my pocket until I reach my destination."
Sarah Macken, Editor - Irish Tatler
"For me, colouring is a form of escapism where I can shed the stress and worries of the day and just focus solely on a simple, yet creative task."
Ellie Balfe, Editorial Director
"If I need to drop out of life a bit, I could say I all the usual things - walking in nature, having nice wine, talking on the phone with old friends - but in total truth, I don't do those so frequently. Instead, if I need to force quit on my overloaded mind, I go and hang out in my daughters' bedroom with them. They are 10 and 7, and take me to ground me like nothing else. In yet more total truth, they are often fighting or annoying each other (and me), but even being the mediator in their much smaller world, with more minor, yet more immediate needs and wants makes me able to pull focus and stop to realise a job is only a job, a messy house doesn't really matter, and the smell of their hair and feel of their warmth utterly resets me."
Brenda McCormick, Managing Editor
"I am a champion 'faffer'/potterer/doing-
Emma Greenbury, Head of Audience
"When my guitar teacher says I need to practice, I'll reluctantly peel my phone from my cold dead hands and have a strum of my stupidly expensive guitar I barely know how to play. Amazing relaxation."
Kate Demolder, Journalist
"The only things that work for me are either going for a run (even just 20 minutes) or reading a book. Both of these are done without close proximity to my phone (I put it on aeroplane mode when I read) and usually are followed/preceded with a stretch. Amazing how calm you can become when contorting your body into baffling ways."
Emma Blanchfield, Content Creator
"With a fast-paced, time-poor life, wallowing in a bath is my saviour. Swapping my phone for a magazine, scented candle and a glass of wine if I'm feeling particularly boujee - a relaxing, solitary, self-indulgent soak is the one time I fully reset."
Stacey Malaniff, Social Media
"I find the temptation of my phone very hard to resist. So creating situations where the phone is out of reach works best for me. I leave my phone at home when taking my dog for a walk. If the weather's nice, I'll take a book, pause in the park and let Millie survey her surroundings while I dip into another world for a bit."
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