Burned out and bummed about it?

@juskoday (183)
Philippines
April 11, 2007 1:07pm CST
I was watching the movie Office Space the other day and I wondered how the protagonist could drag himself out of bed everyday to go to a job he hated. Granted, the same situation might not be the same for you, but I'm sure you've had that feeling in the past where you just feel so sick and tired of your job and it seems nothing can make you do your work. I've never been burnt out for a long period of time, most times it's just a day. I deal with it buy just wasting the day away and relaxing, going home early and getting a good night's sleep. The next day, I'm refreshed and perky enough to tackle the tasks I skipped the day before. Do you get burned out? How do you deal with it?
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I got very burned out on a stressful but well-paying job; and probably stayed in it for a couple of years after I had stopped caring. The main "issue" for me was that the job supported a whole life I had built around me, and I would not be able to get a different job with similar pay. As a result, I needed to consider changing my LIFE situation, before I could really deal with the job I was feeling burned out from. But because I was feeling birned out, it took me a LONG time to get all my surrounding baggage dealt with... I guess the "moral" to the story is that sometimes we maybe WANT to quit, and realize we NEED to quit... but our situation is such that we can't just stop, unless we are willing for an entire "house of cards" to fall down.
@juskoday (183)
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
I understand how you feel and it's good to know you got through all of it okay. When I changed jobs, there were so many things I had to give up in order for me to get a move on the career path I wanted. It took me a good year to decide if what I wanted for the long term was enough for me to give up all the things I was getting short term.
@nancygibson (3737)
• France
11 Apr 07
I've been quietly burning out for nearly a year now and I very nearly had a nervous breakdown a few months back. Sometimes you can't do anything about it, just do your best to go in and earn that paycheque. Sadly no matter how ill you feel mortgages don't pay themselevs and food still needs to be put on the table.
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@juskoday (183)
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
That sucks. Is it too late for you to consider changing jobs or careers? Money will always be an issue, but your entire demeanor will reflect on your health and that's gonna take a toll on you.
• United States
11 Apr 07
Yes, I do...and it can start with something silly like having a bad dream and then everything seem to add up; the traffic looks worse than usual, my lunch is no good, I feel my job is stagnant or my boss is silly, I look fat, my skin has patches I never noticed and I even notice the occasional white hair. What I do on such days; usually I get very restless and want a solution right away, as if trying to find something good that day...I often get slightly depressed, watch TV, have a long shower and try to sleep early in order to end the day. Like you, the next day I wake up fresh like a little flower ready to face life and all it has to offer...;)