Burnout vs boreout? Get the best out anyway!

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Feeling stuck, no passion? Sometimes people will say, you are bored-out, not burned-out. But what is the difference? Get the answer once for all, and learn the best coping strategies!

Burnout vs boreout: Why we are confused?

Why are we sometimes confused between burnout and boreout? Well, the short answer is, because the feelings we endure, and the social consequences can be the same.

Look at this. Do you feel a lack of passion? Low self-esteem? Sometimes feeling of shame and culpability because you do not show the best of yourself? Feeling disconnected at work? Depressed?

Well, both bored out and burned out folks experience the same!

But there are definitely differences between these two syndromes! Get the answer once for all. And learn the best coping strategies.

Burnout vs boreout: The fundamental difference

The easy and short answer is: Burned out, you’re overloaded! Bored out, you’re underloaded!

Boreout happens when you have mental underestimation at the workplace. Either you don’t have enough work. Or most of the time, you don’t have enough work which is “interesting enough”. You don’t feel the right level of aspiration and capacity.

While with burnout, you are completely drowning! You have too much to do. Too much stress. “Burnout Syndrome is to do with overwork. We find it in workers who suffer from anxiety and emotional stress. They are subjected to tremendous mental exhaustion and this, in turn, produces anxiety and panic” (from Exploring your mind)

In her article, Anne-Laure Lecunff says: In both cases, the way we are stimulated is wrong and doesn’t result in a sense of purpose. We’re less productive and less creative. Basically, work sucks”. (Anne-Laure Lecunff)

Image from Anne-Laure Lecunff, Ness Labs

The consequences of both are also very similar. You have less work prospectives! Boredom, dissatisfaction, and permanent frustration. Some may even gradually lose the will to act and lose self-esteem. One might have constant fear that his “supervisor, colleagues, or friends will discover his inactivity and duplicity” (Diagnose Boreout, a book by Peter Werder and Philippe Rothlin, Wikipedia).

Do you sometimes experience these feelings? For sure, they are not the most motivating ones!

Bored out or burned out, but why do we stay… for years?

Well, easy answer: we are afraid that we can’t find another job! Economic crisis and unemployment everywhere. “I feel safer staying anyway”, you might tell yourself. And you’re not alone, most people do it!

In addition to the common fear of not finding alternative employment, there is another. Fear of social judgment. Bored out or burned out, the question you raise is: Will I be able to speak up? Well, not really. Burned out? “You’re not resilient enough! Why did it happen to you and not others?” “Bored out? You’re not motivated enough. Should I find some younger and more motivated fellow?” We are all in a social environment where career success is highly coveted. This explains why burnout or boreout might not seem to be “politically correct”.

Burnout vs boreout: Both reveal the question of purpose at work

When you are bored out or burned out, you are faced with a question: What gives me purpose? They highlight the importance of being in tune with our intrinsic motivations that lead us to self-actualization” (The Recruiters).

We all want to feel great, don’t we? We want to be passionate, to realize ourselves, to feel useful to others. Burnout or boreout is a state of feeling that shows us that we need some change. It’s the same when we fall sick. Being sick is a great way our body tells us that something goes wrong and needs to be fixed! As simple as that. So we can make the best out of it!

Take the best out of it anyway

Remember the Personal Legend of The Alchemist? Be ready for it! Agree with yourself that it’s a good thing! Having no passion is a moment in life that your whole self is trying to make a positive change. Be patient and observe your passion. And life takes the time it needs for only the better if you truly believe so!

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Giang Cao Ho My

Giang Cao Ho My

Hey, Giang here! Do you believe you can live a life and career that truly fulfill you? I do! I believe in the next era of humanity where every person is fulfilled from the inside. By simply being mindful, we spread love to other humans, plants, animals, and minerals. Join me on the Mindful Way"
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