It’s become an all-too-common experience: the daily grind has gotten to you and you’re exhausted mentally, emotionally, and physically. The signs of burnout vary from overall fatigue to losing interested or straight-up hating the things you once loved. If you’re feeling burnt out, you are—both fortunately and unfortunately—far from alone.
Job burnout, according to Mayo Clinic, is a type of “work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” While burnout doesn’t have to be limited to your job, work it typically the catalyst for this type of exhaustion. A 2018 Gallup survey found that 23% of employees felt burned out at work very often or always, and an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes. In other words, more than two-thirds of full-time employees experience some form of at work.
A 2019 survey from the Harvard Business Review found a generational gap when it comes to burnout. Half of Millennials and 75% of Gen Zers had voluntarily left jobs for mental health reasons. This was significantly higher than the 20% of respondents overall.
Like most things related to mental and physical health, there isn’t one cure-all for burnout. However, one easy way to recharge is to find creative outlets that rejuvenate you. Whether you’re looking to learn, laugh, or just find little respite, here are seven podcasts to listen to when you’re feeling burnt out.