As this article details, it's been a tough year on many fronts, and I personally don't know many people who haven't been affected by it in some way.
We all know that one person who seems to have it all sorted, where nothing seems to phase them and whatever time of the year they just seem to be constantly stable. So, how do they do it? How have they built resilience to life's stresses in order to avoid burnout? Well, the chances are they've been there and learnt from it.
The next questions are; how do they get to that stage where it doesn't happen again? What did they do in order to be resilient?
In the Royal Marines, training is extremely tough. You're pushed beyond anything you ever thought possible, both physically and mentally. Contrary to popular belief, the idea isn't to break you down so they can rebuild you how they want. Although I get told this is the case by non-experienced people weekly, it really isn't the case. It's actually to take you to the extreme, so when you're put in hard situations on operational tours of duty, you can call on past experiences. To learn how to improvise, adapt and overcome hardship. It's to build resilience.
Does that mean we have to burnout to be resilient to it? No, it doesn't. We can learn from others and give ourselves the attention we deserve to build strategies for worse case scenarios. For that, we need to talk, share our experiences and help both ourselves and each other.
The people who have successfully safeguarded themselves against burnout have learned to go easy on themselves, and they have defined personal boundaries that they defend against everything the world is going to throw at them. “I can guarantee that those are not people who are never going to get burned out and who just have it all sorted,” says Murray. “They’re the ones who have actually experienced it, and know what they have to pull back on in order to be able to live.” And not just until the autumn.