Burnout Starting Earlier in Professional Women

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Burnout has always been a challenge for high achieving women (and superwomen trying like heck to do it all). Yet it seems in today's hard charging never-disconnected age, burnout is happening earlier and earlier (like before the age of 30). Imagine being burned out before you even really get going. Surely not the trend we want to see. Read on to see why this is so (think: the pressure of a childhood filled with building the perfect resume).

The topic? Burn-out. Apparently, it's rampant among high-achieving millennial women. At least that's the skinny according to a piece by Forbes contributor Larissa Faw who writes that "a growing number of young professional women who seem to 'have it all' are burning out at work before they reach 30."

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"It seems relaxation is something Millennial women have never experienced," Faw writes. "One reason that women are burning out early in their careers is that they have simply reached their breaking point after spending their childhoods developing well-rounded resumes. 'These women worked like crazy in school, and in college, and then they get into the workforce and they are exhausted,' says Melanie Shreffler of the youth marketing blog Ypulse."

Now, we can’t say whether this inability to take five logically leads to burn-out. But what we can say, based on the reporting we did for the book, is that this treadmill mentality is very real, especially among young women raised with the message that "you can have it all." These are the girls who started building their resumes in grade school, who lived by their day planners and five-year plans, and who crumbled at the sight of a B-plus.

Read the full post on Burn Me Up, Burn Me Out? on Undecided the Book.

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