Burnout can happen on the best of jobs. Better economic compensation goes only so far to help us. According to the authors of Happy Money.
In this blog entry I’ll talk about the measures I took to alleviate burnout. In the coming blog entries, I will talk about managing your mental health on the job.
#1 – Adopting an anti-consumerism ethic.
People who engage in consumerism are less happy and have more financial stress. Often a person is miserable chained to a desk because they’re funding a lifestyle buying material things.
#2 – Focusing on experiences.
The kinds of experiences we have make people happy. These can be free or low-cost activities.
The Brooklyn Museum where I live in New York City has a reduced admission fee for individuals with disabilities.
I attended the Christian Dior and Any Warhol exhibits for $16 each. Nine dollars cheaper than the regular $25 fee.
#3 – Fulfilling what gives your life meaning.
What instantly perked me up was uploading the Working Assets career guide manuscript to the publisher. My goal is to have the book go on sale in July. With a pre-order date of May 9.
#4 – Funding your retirement.
To quote Nietzsche: “He who has a why can bear any how.”
This nailed the ultimate ability I had to accept that my day job had become a daily grind.
If you’re not constantly buying things, you ideally would be funding a retirement account or two. The quicker you can retire the easier it could be to work at a job that you no longer like.
#5 – Listening to music.
A study revealed the benefits of listening to music.
What I did to overcome the “one day like any other” feeling didn’t require a lot of money. It didn’t require one dime. The activity was free. Who doesn’t like free?
See the link at the bottom of this blog entry to Audacy.com.
On Audacy I listen to music channels. My favorite is Scott Lowe on the Go’s Post-Modern Music Box. Followed by New Arrivals.
It gets me going to listen to the cheerful alternative music. The Music Box features 1980s and 1990s popular alternative songs. New Arrivals features today’s alternative music.
In my apartment the sound is often going from nine in the morning to nine at night. You might be lucky to be able to listen to music at your job. That’s even better.
Listen to Audacy here.