A Burnout Reading List
Until recently, I was a full devotee of hustle culture. So much so that I didn't even know it was called 'hustle culture' - to me, it's just the way things were. I was raised in a hardworking family, and I thought I was just taking what I had learned from my parents one step further, so that I could be more successful.
If you're not familiar with the term, according to Psychology Today, "If you’ve fallen prey to the hustle culture, you have bought into the idea that it’s cool to be 'always-on' and to push yourself to the max each of the 1,440 minutes of the day. You boast about no breaks. No leisure. No weekends off. No vacations. No sleep or exercise and practicing “gobble, gulp, and go” or skipping meals altogether."
The problem is, "if you’re a hustle culture member, studies show that you’re cutting your career short, slowly destroying your mental and physical health, and harming your relationships. And you may even die at an earlier age than your cohorts." [Source]
That hit home in a big way this past spring, when my body told me in no uncertain terms that it was done with hustling. I couldn't push anymore - it was forcing me to rest. I hadn't really exercised in over a year, and I was sick of not seeing my family and friends.
I needed a mindset shift in a big way, so as a long Fact Finder on the Kolbe Index, I did what came naturally and started to read my way to a solution.
So today, I'm sharing with you three of my favourite anti-burnout books. Even if you're not burnt out, all of these books can help you build a saner, more fulfilling life at work and at home. Your 10-minute self care task is to check out the synopses and see if one appeals to you.
(If you're more of an audiobook person, you can also get them on Libro.fm and choose to support an independent bookstore of your choice.)
Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soo-Jung Kim Pang.
Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee.
Lean Out: A Meditation on the Madness of Modern Life by Tara Henley.
Do you think you'll read one of them? Have you already read them? Let me know in the comments below!
Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a voracious reader, and a bona fide skin care fanatic.