Friday 20 November 2020

Millennial Burnout is Real

Over this past decade, we have made massive strides in normalizing Mental Health, slowly chipping away at the associated stigma; however, millennials continue to be the butt of all jokes. Millennials have been dubbed the burnout generation and it is infuriating because burnout is very much real! Behind the pretty facade of my blog, I am struggling to balance two healthcare positions and university courses.  

In addition to my never-ending work load, I am a millennial living in Vancouver, a city that consistently ranks as one of the most expensive places to live. The cost of living in Vancouver is not only high, but so is the housing market. I have not even gotten to the worst part. Imagine being educated, holding a  university degree from UBC, a highly revered University in the world; yet it is still impossible to get a decent job because the job market is ridiculously competitive. Needless to say, I want to scream because my generation has been up to fail. 

It makes me sad because I am working hard, yet I still feel like I am not accomplishing very much. Everyone seems to be far more successful than me. I started this blog 5 years ago and my peers who started later than me have built up phenomenal platforms, but I cannot help feel that I am trailing everyone. 

I am not a mental health expert, but if I had to describe burnout, it would be working hard day in and day out only to feel like you have accomplished nothing. Long gone are the days when you could just show up with a degree and expect to secure a fabulous job and then retire comfortable at 60. Remember when houses used to cost $200,000 well that is a downpayment for me in Vancouver. Wages are stagnant, commodities continue to rise and owning a home in Vancouver is practically an impossibility. 

Burnout and mental health are intertwined and can arise from a number of things. But one this is for certain, millennial burnout is often accompanied by depression and loneliness and eventually you become exhausted and simple tasks become impossible. This blogpost is a  perfect example because I said I was going to post it November 6th, but I could not find the energy or mental focus to complete it. So here we are, two weeks later and I am finally getting around to finishing my blogpost on Millenial Burnout. Sort of ironic if you ask me. 

Millennial Burnout is REAL.


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