Emotional Switzerland -- I'm Neutral
November 5, 2009 7:37 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to burn out WITHOUT getting depressed?...
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Lately I've been feeling a little apathetic about some things -- a few of the activities I've been pursuing, some job-related things, etc. -- and it got me wondering whether I may be in a sort of "burnout" phase.
Except -- everything I'm reading online about what burnout is also indicates that sufferers also feel depressed and moody and pessimistic. And -- I don't. I'm not isolating myself from ALL my friends, I still get excited about hanging out with some. I still get glimmers of excitement about stuff here and there. Ask me how I'm doing, and I generally feel fine, pretty pleasant. My overally mood is actually pretty upbeat.
But often, when I think about picking up this or that project, I just sort of shrug and go "meh." Sometimes if I think about going to a couple of the regular weekly things I've got going on, I just decide I don't feel like it and stay home, even though I end up doing nothing. When I think about what I want to do careerwise, if I want to change things, I honestly don't feel like I WANT to do anything. I'm just sort of....in neutral, and I'm not bothered by that. (Well, except for being slightly bothered about NOT being bothered by that, but I think that's different.)
It's very possible this could be temporary, but -- what is this? IS this burnout, or just a more fleeting and temporary "you're just taking a mental time-out right now"? I am temporarily working longer hours at my job, which require me to get up earlier, so could just the fatigue be all this is? (If it is, that ends in a couple weeks, so that could fix this right there.)
thanks -- I'm just not used to not wanting things, so this is new territory.