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This Is The Real Reason for Millennial Burnout

February 8th, 2017

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Handshakes, Facebook friend requests, LinkedIn invitations, book clubs, office happy hours, sweat working (?!), Instagram likes, conferences, workshops, webinars…

Last month, I found myself dreading attending yet another holiday party with a friend. I’d spent the season saying “yes” to everything from mixers to outings with coworkers to multiple happy hours in a day. I’d carried on conversations with industry leaders about everything from the best Smiths songs to the American obsession with foie gras. I’d explained what Career Contessa was in countless ways to countless people and exchanged business cards and numbers.

But that morning, I was still in bed and contemplating shooting off a lying text. Something about a seasonal cold. “So sorry, can’t make it tonight. Bummed!”

I’m someone who loves meeting new people — usually. But right then, I could hardly bear the thought of dragging myself into the office that morning, let alone to a party afterward. The last thing I wanted was to talk to anyone.

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11 Comments under :: This Is The Real Reason for Millennial Burnout
  1. I loved reading this! 🙂 So relatable, and great tips! Thank you! <3

  2. Jennifer Rose Smith says:

    This is so fascinating, Lauren. Great topic. I would consider myself right on the edge of two generations — my younger friends are most definitely millennials, my older friends most decidedly Gen X. Your article really mirrors my observations. Compulsive phone-checking and documenting really seems to deteriorate quality time and experiences. If you try and do everything at once, you’re (ironically) missing out on real life. I think the best strategy is to compartmentalize. Deal with instagram at a set time each day. Check your email the same way. The key to beating burnout is balance, which takes self-discipline.

  3. Faz says:

    This was such a wonderful post! I think I honestly identify with everything you outlined & I think I will definitely try some of your tips! It’s so important to be a part of the human experience. Yes, social media/ networking really does help make connections with incredible people, but sometimes you just need to take a step back. After all, people survived before all this, so why can’t we do it now? Or at least, try to…
    Bisous, Faz

  4. Samantha Lee says:

    This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed lately and feeling like I’m being pulled into too many different directions. It’s so important to take a step back and prioritize your life – and sometimes, yes, that means setting aside a night at home for pizza and a good Netflix binge. I’m an introvert by nature but love hanging out with friends – I have to remind myself to slow my roll every once in a while. Really committing to the present moment helps me tremendously when I’m feeling stressed.

  5. npharney says:

    I agree with so much of this, especially as an introvert the constant need to be on and networking is just too much and I find myself cancelling plans and hiding inside just because I need to recharge

    – Natalie

    • taniamareec says:

      Being an introvert, I really feel the tug and pull of constantly having to socialise. Some weekends I avoid going out at all just to recharge! Thanks for the article Lauren.

  6. Diana Maria says:

    Committing to be more selective- I love that one! This post rang true to me in every way and I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s so true, there’s so much to do, so many events, and we just want to be busy, busy, busy! I definitely try to take the time off to recharge. Your photography in this post is beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  7. Ted says:

    Being a intro social media and events are very draining. I must be more selective. Thank you !

  8. petiteelliee says:

    Loved this post! I feel like its so important to let yourself off to recharge

    Ellie xx

  9. Madilyn McCarthy says:

    Amazing article!!! Thank you SO much!!! This is seriously important for millennials. WE DO ENOUGH.

  10. Jacque Brown says:

    YES YES YES! I have read this 3 times already just to soak it all in. I completely agree. Recently, I have felt so exhausted and couldn’t figure out why. This explains exactly how I feel. Thank you for writing this! Feeling encouraged to schedule some me time, and only take on events that are inspirational or help me gain knowledge 🙂

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