You’ve probably heard of ‘burnout’ — you may have suffered with it. But this unpleasant condition’s little cousin is called ‘boreout’, and it can be just as debilitating.
But there’s good news. The fatigue, anxiety, stress and confusion caused by boreout aren’t permanent. If you can address the root causes, you can find long-term contentment and happiness. And the first step is to recognise the symptoms in yourself and make changes — to your lifestyle and your mindset.
What Is Boreout?
Boreout is a condition that causes many of the same symptoms as burnout. However, the root cause of boreout is chronic under-stimulation and boredom caused by repetitive and predictable living and working patterns.
The main symptoms of burnout include:
- Concentration problems
- Memory problems
If you feel bored with life in general and are experiencing a few of these symptoms, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from boreout. People deverlop boreout for different reasons, but the most common are:
- Sudden changes in physical appearance or conditioning
- A lack of stimulation at home or at work
- Being under-challenged at home or at work
- A lack of intellectual stimulation at home or at work
Everyone experiences boredom from time to time. But when this negative emotion takes over your entire life, it can become destructive — both to you and the people closest to you.
What Are the Long-Term Consequences of Boreout?
Boreout can get progressively worse unless you seek help or make permanent changes to your life. Over time, the consequences of boreout can have life-altering effects, including:
- Drink and drug abuse
- Long-term dependency on prescription drugs such as sleeping pills
- A lack of drive
- Feelings of isolation
- Withdrawal from social circles
- Weight gain
What Is the Root Cause of My Boreout?
We have it within us to deal with life’s most stressful situations — including chronic boredom. But we suffer in silence because of what society and our influencers expect us to do.
You’re tearing up trees at work, but you don’t really believe in what you’re doing. You’re working long hours and getting paid well, but you’re getting unhappier and more bored all the time. You’ve got the great car and the big house, so why aren’t you more satisfied with your achievements?
Could it be that you’ve lost your sense of purpose in life? Perhaps you’re living someone else’s life. Or maybe you’re making life’s big decisions based on someone else’s belief system and values?
We’re all influenced by authority figures and society. We are brought up according to the principles and belief systems of our parents. And when we start work, we alter our approach according to what our superiors expect.
Constantly fighting your own beliefs and instincts — even if it’s on a subconscious level — affects the way you process emotions. And over time, this situation can have a detrimental effect on your mental health. Boreout is one of the consequences of this phenomenon. But you’re not powerless to break the cycle.
Defeat Burnout by Changing Your Mindset
You have the tools within yourself to change your mindset and defeat boreout for good. By being true to your inner self, you can rewire your brain to process emotions and decisions in a way that’s true to YOUR beliefs.
Of course, this process isn’t easy — otherwise everyone would be doing it. Using the principles of mindset coaching and neuroplasticity, mindset coach Eefke Bodt can give your the techniques and knowledge to change the way you think.
Eefke starts the process with a clarity call. She asks the following questions to help you understand how your mindset might be the root cause of your boreout:
- Why do you feel the things you feel?
- What influences your decisions and thought processes?
- Why do you deal with stress the way you do?
- To what extend are your decisions and thoughts guided by the beliefs of others?
- Where do you belief systems and thought processes come from?
Eefke uses a series of one-to-one coaching sessions, webinars, educational programs and mindset techniques to rewire your brain. She empowers you to pursue your beliefs and change the way you process emotions. And because you become a truer version of yourself, you’re able to avoid conditions such as boreout by drawing on your mental strength.
Reach out to Eefke today for a 30-minute clarity call, and take the first step towards a life free from boreout and burnout.