As a Marketing Recruitment Manager, Megan talks to candidates and clients on a personal level day-to-day, constantly hearing about the struggles of trying to manage a jam-packed schedule of work and socialising. From what she has learned from others as well as her own personal experiences she has put together five tips for combatting the 'millennial burnout'.
3. Keep active
You can always make excuses for why you don’t ‘need’ to go to the gym or a class you’ve booked but it’s so important. Over the years I always seem to be guilty of sacking it off to go to the pub with my mates, or just because I can’t be bothered but as soon as you get into the routine of it you can see why everyone raves about it. I’ve learned that booking myself into a ‘burn it’ class will never work, simply because I cannot stand being shouted at by a PT, however, I know a lot of people that really enjoy that! Everyone will have something that works for them it's just a case of finding it. For me, it’s yoga that’ll genuinely give me the motivation to go. I now go 3 times a week and love it and I can really feel the difference when I’ve not been. Again, everyone is different but as soon as you find what’s right for you, it makes the world of difference!
4. Think about what you view as success
It’s so easy to get yourself wrapped up in other people’s opinions and what they determine as ‘success’. The thing that everyone seems to get caught up on is looking at the next step rather than what’s happening here and now. Quite often you’ll find yourself thinking “as soon as I have ‘X’ I’ll be happy”. Just because you’ve got a promotion or a new house, it doesn’t necessarily equate to success. I think people forget that what people really mean by term success is being in a situation which makes you happy. It’s much easier to blame external factors for why you’re not quite ‘successful enough’ yet, but once you strip that away it can change your whole outlook, and you might even find you’re exactly where you need to be!
5. Remember what you see isn’t real
Social media is such a focal point of our lives. It’s a major factor in work, our social lives, and day-to-day habits. The sad thing is we naturally compare ourselves to what we’re seeing on a friend/ celebrity/ random blogger (which you don’t actually have a clue who they are) accounts. If you look at your own profile and what you’ve posted, you can fill in all the parts in-between where you’ll have been at work/ not on holiday/ cleaning your kitchen. So why do we think anyone else’s lives are any different? Just because someone seems to be smiling or having a great time in every one of their posts, doesn’t mean that’s what’s happening in their lives 24/7. Everyone’s human and has problems, the person you’re looking at with 50k followers isn’t any different.
There will always be times when you feel like everyday life is getting on top of you, but the most important thing to remember is to take a step back and breathe. When you take that little bit of time out for yourself, it can change your whole outlook and your reaction to a certain problem or situation could be completely different. A lot of the time you’ll find there was never anything to worry about in the first place!