Boreout: A New Phenomenon in Times of Corona
Boreout and burnout are closely related. If people are challenged too little, receive too little input from outside and learn too little, they may face a boreout. If it is too much of everything, the risk of burnout increases.
There are scenarios where people will still have four hours of work a day in 2030. This raises the question of how we deal with it, also to avoid boreout. But the corona insulation suddenly leads to a great danger of boreout.
Nobody knows how long the phase lasts, when a light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, so to speak, and the insulation measures are relaxed. Such extreme uncertainty in connection with ever new measures can traumatize people.
There are basically three important facets of boreout: boredom, a crisis of meaning, and uncertainty about your own developments. In the case of Corona, boredom at home, a crisis of meaning due to the threat and uncertainty of where the journey is headed.
Some people may get bored with their job, but they understand that a current professional situation serves an overarching goal, for example a next development step. So they see meaning in what they are doing and develop further. It becomes dangerous when they feel that they are stuck in a dead end and no longer see any perspective.
Boreout itself can be remedied relatively quickly, by changing the area of activity, for example by changing a project or department, if necessary by resigning. However, the consequences of boreout are critical if this condition persists over a longer period of time. Here we are talking about psychologically serious effects such as depression and anxiety disorders, from which a lot of people are already suffering. This can go so far that the immune system is weakened sustainably. Unfortunately, these factors are currently massively underestimated.
There are basically two important starting points through which each individual can get mentally fit for the crisis: psychological and physical factors that are closely related. The first set of measures is about mentally regaining control. This can be achieved by cultivating or intensifying social contacts - in corona times, rather digitally rather than personally outside the family. People should have a daily routine, doing some sports, taking regular meals, making healthy decisions like washing hands regularly, wearing a N95 mask outside, playing games with the kids, having quality time with the spouse or starting to learn a new language - this has all to do with staying in control of its live and not get drawn into a lethargic way of living without joy or hope.
At the moment, you can also get particularly involved in society by helping risk groups or other people in need, for example by shopping. You can create a sense of achievement, for example by doing or learning new things that you have wanted to do for a long time. Numerous often free online courses and tutorials offer good opportunities for this. There are also physical factors: you have to keep moving to keep the cardiovascular and immune systems on their toes.
The longer this phase lasts, the greater the risk that an entire generation will be psychologically traumatized. There is currently far too little going on to make people aware of the importance of not being mentally stuck, because they may not be able to properly pursue their work and hobbies. In the public discussion, secondary psychological damage is unfortunately underestimated and hardly considered.
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Under normal circumstances, boreout is an absolute taboo subject. Most of those affected pretend they have work and cover up the problem. Boreout hardly ever comes up in surveys among HR directors. No company likes to admit that it has not properly combined job and qualification profiles. We currently have to tackle the topic, otherwise we will run into a large-scale boreout trap. It will take us years to process the consequential damage. However, individuals can also do a lot to prevent it from getting this far.
Basically, a possible future caught up with us earlier than we thought, albeit with a different trigger. We should now take the opportunity and prepare for a phenomenon that we thought will only become a major issue in the relatively distant future. You can make up a lot with the measures mentioned. Keep calm, keep in control and stay healthy!
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Disclaimer: Please note that we can only pass on general information and cannot make any guarantees or be liable for any consequences of your decision making or behavior. Use good common sense and ask your healthcare provider or physician for advice.