For most of human history, people have naturally followed seasonal patterns. As hunter-gatherers, there were times when we worked hard and other times when we found natural opportunities to rest. It was similar for agricultural societies, where planting and harvest seasons were hectic, but other times were comparatively light in terms of workload.
It’s only comparatively recently that people have been asked to work all year long. And to make it worse, now our electric lights and portable work access means that we are often expected to work all day and night now, too. These conditions are ripe for burnout.
Because it’s partly working all the time that leads to burnout, it’s natural to think that a vacation is the right way to address the problem. However, research shows that’s not the case. Fortunately, NuCalm is an alternative that can help you restore your energy the way a vacation can’t.
Vacations Don’t Address Burnout
Let’s be clear: there are many benefits to vacations. They’re a great way to break the routine and stretch your mind with new activities and new sites. You find more time to read and more time to spend with your family. The experiences you enjoy while on vacation are priceless, and they can help to keep you feeling happier.
But vacations aren’t good at addressing burnout. Just last year, a study of more than 1500 workers found that two-thirds of people felt that the anti-burnout benefits of vacation had disappeared immediately or in just a few days. Part of the problem is having to come back and deal with the fact that work progressed while they were gone, and there are built up problems they need to address.
But part of it is just that trying to get all your personal relaxation and reflection done in just a couple weeks isn’t enough for avoiding burnout. You need a better approach to dealing with burnout.
Figure Out the Problem
Part of your attempt to addressing burnout is figuring out why, exactly, you’re burned out. The chances are good that if you have these feelings, there are some very specific causes. Try to figure out what they are by asking yourself questions like:
- Why do I want to do this job?
- What rewards can I get from this job?
- Is this the right environment for me to be working in?
- How can I get to a better place where I’ll be happier?
Asking these questions can help you get to the bottom of the problem and find a better way to work so you don’t get burned out.
NuCalm Can Help
Of course, another important part of avoiding burnout is making sure you’re getting enough of the right kind of rest to restore your energy. NuCalm can help with this. First, unlike vacations which often come up once a year (if you’re lucky), NuCalm can be a daily relaxation tool. When you use NuCalm daily, you can experience many benefits, including:
The combination of getting more rest and performing better can help you avoid burnout. You’ll keep your stress under control and be better equipped to get more of what you love out of your job.
Use NuCalm as your daily vacation, and you’ll be able to sail past all the challenges of burnout at work.