Overthe past few months, I felt exhausted, pessimistic, and without asense of personal accomplishment. I lacked the motivation to focus onmy schoolwork or participate in group discussions. In fact, I evenfound hanging out with my friends exhausting. At first, I found thisissue mind boggling because my doctor told me that my body did notreveal any sign of health dysfunction and that my medical history didnot indicate patterns of depression. After questioning me, he told methat he could not locate any psychological issues since my personallife seemed on track and my educational achievements were at par withmy expectations. Even after careful contemplation, I could not thinkabout any issue that was amiss in my life. I, therefore, decided tosearch for conditions or stories that revealed similar patternsonline. After extensive research, I came to the realization that I amsuffering from burnout. The description of this condition matchedevery aspect of my experience. Bakker and Costa (2014, p. 113)contend that burnout is a state of fatigue in which an individual iscynical about his value of occupation and his capacity to perform.This realization prompted me to delve further into the issue at hand,in a bid to develop a solution that meets my low energy needs.
Afterconducting in-depth research, I realized that burnout has threesubtypes, which categorize people in separate clusters. The firstgroup is perceivable as the frenetic subtype. This faction comprisesof individuals who complain about issues because the hierarchicalarrangements of their affiliate organizations limit their highambitions (Montero-Marinet al., 2014).Secondly, the underchallenged categorisation criticizes the routinenature of their tasks, which, according to them, hinders personaldevelopment. Lastly, the worn out individuals are usually annoyed bythe monitoring systems that their associate organizations implement,because these systems keep their negligent behaviors in check. I usedthese categorisations to develop a comprehensive conceptualisation ofmy psychological understanding of the world. The second grouping, toa larger extent, was more in tandem with my thought process. Irealized that the routine nature of my school life overwhelmed mesince I did not get the chance to do the things that I enjoyed.According to Montero-Marinet al. (2014), the underchallenged burnout category may benefit fromtaking a break from its daily routine. Thus, I intend to take timeout to enjoy the activities that interest me as a way of coping withoverload.
Consideringthe above, three primary reasons delineate the significance of mysolution. As earlier indicated, underchallenged burnout is theproduct of a lack of personal development (Montero-Marin et al.,2014). Thus, engaging in activities that interest me will help me toavoid burnout as well as enable me to develop my passion. I enjoyplaying the piano, so I will find time to attend piano classes on aregular basis. This activity will help me to get away from my dailyschool routine, and, by extension, assist me to relax my mind. Also,I will improve my piano playing skills, which will, in the end,enhance my personal development.
Secondly,my decision to take the time to benefit from the activities thatinterest me was informed by the fact that the cognitive avoidancestrategy predisposes a person to burn out. Montero-Marin et al.(2014) assert that the cognitive avoidance coping strategy has beenlinked to physical discomfort. Also, this strategy, even whenoccasionally used, may expose one to the sources of burnout orsubstance abuse, in a bid to cope with overload. Thus, to avoid thedevelopment of these events, I intend to focus my free time on thethings that arouse my curiosity this will prevent fatigue andvulnerability.
Lastly, I believe that taking pleasure in behaviors that move myattention away from my daily routine will enable me to avoid beingindifferent to my schoolwork. Montero-Marin et al. (2014) state thatthe existence of avoidance, in general, has been linked todepersonalisation. Within the organizational context, apathy has beenassociated with employees distancing themselves from theirobligations. Also, avoidance is related to the absence of acceptance,which highlights a dysfunctional coping profile. People who use thiscoping approach suffer from cynicism and boredom these effects, inthe end, prompt individuals to detach themselves from their work dueto twisted assumptions about achievement and success. Engaging inactivities that spice up my life will prevent the occurrence of suchevents. For example, since I will be looking forward to attending mypiano lessons after my studies, I will not feel fatigued by issuessuch as attending classes and having to cater to my school-relatedduties.
Ina recap of the above discussion, extensive research came in handy inthe process of developinga solution to my fatigue needs. My lack of the motivation to focus onmy schoolwork, participating in group discussions, and evensocializing with my friends seemed very strange at first. However,after carrying out a thorough investigation, I came to therealization that my problem was burnout. This understanding helped meto come up with a comprehensive solution to my problem, as discussedabove.
Bakker,A. and Costa, P. (2014). Chronic job burnout and daily functioning: Atheoretical analysis.BurnoutResearch,1(3), pp.112-119.
Montero-Marin,J., Prado-Abril, J., Demarzo, M., Gascon, S., and García-Campayo, J.(2014). Coping with Stress and Types of Burnout: Explanatory Power ofDifferent Coping Strategies. PLOSONE,[online] 9(2). Available at:http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0089090[Accessed 13 Sep. 2016].