How to Avoid Burnout: Crash Course Business – Soft Skills #17

How to Avoid Burnout: Crash Course Business – Soft Skills #17

Maybe you live in a house with a garden, have
a flower box outside your apartment, or you’ve just watched another HGTV show. Either way, you’ll know that if you don’t
take care of your plants, they’ll wilt. Throughout this whole course, we’ve been
mastering soft skills to become the best businesspeople we can be. And even though we’re definitely humans,
we’re also sort of like plants. Unless we get all the basic things that we
need — like food, water, and a non-toxic environment — we’ll suffer. To be our best business-selves, we have to
take care of our whole selves. With proper nutrition, a bit of exercise,
and some work-life balance, we can all avoid burnout — or recover if it happens. I’m Evelyn from the Internets. And this is Crash Course Business: Soft Skills. [Intro Music Plays] Work and school are stressful. Things have to get done, whether you have
the time or not. When given the choice between work, sleep,
and an actual social life, it might feel like you can only pick two. We’ve all been there. Because of all this pressure and the hustle
culture we live in, it’s easy to fall victim to burnout. Burnout is when you’re so emotionally exhausted
by your job that it’s basically impossible to enjoy it. And if you feel burnt out, be gentle with
yourself. There’s nothing wrong with you. Burnout can make you feel cynical, or feel
like you’re going nowhere. And the exhaustion might seem like it’ll
never end. But it will. It just takes time, and some thoughtful changes,
like balancing work with self-care. It’s sometimes hard to distinguish burnout
from other mental health conditions. So, if you feel like burnout is seriously
affecting your life or could be a symptom of something else, like depression, we recommend
that you seek out a professional. This video can’t have all the answers! But the main way we can avoid burnout in the
first place, and recover from it, is by taking care of our most basic needs. Number one is sleep. We’ve all stayed up or even pulled an all-nighter
to work, but it’s not good for our brains. According to the National Sleep Foundation,
people who stayed awake for 24 hours and drove had the same impairment as a person with a
0.1 Blood Alcohol Content, which is legally drunk. So get some rest! For most of us, a full night’s sleep is at
least 8 hours. And if you feel more rested after taking a
20 to 40 minute power nap on your lunch break, do it! Arianna Huffington, the entrepreneurial mind
behind HuffPost, is a big champion of them. So, you know, there’s some business cred. Next up: exercise can help us de-stress and
clear our heads, which makes us more productive. And you don’t need an expensive gym membership
or a trainer. Any exercise is better than no exercise. So, take the stairs or go for a quick walk
outside if you can. If you have limited time or mobility, even
doing some stretches can make a difference in your health. Then, there’s food. Don’t forget to eat! And while unhealthy food can be comforting
or convenient, we should try to eat nutritional meals. I’m not going to list out any diets or food
plans — that’s a personal decision that you have to research. But try meal-prepping over a weekend to get
ahead for the week. Try new recipes! Cook with friends! There are ways to make it fun. Now, we don’t always need to be surrounded
by people. It’s important to take some alone time for
simple things that make us happy. Like sitting with that morning cup of coffee. Or taking a moment to breathe and center yourself
with mindfulness or meditation. But the Sustainable Development Solutions
Network, which is a United Nations initiative, helps publish what’s called the World Happiness
Report. It ranks each country by how happy its people
are. And it turns out that social connection is
the most reliable predictor of which countries are the happiest. Online connection and conversations are important
— I see you, Nerdfighteria and my Internet Cousins — but being around people IRL is
important too! Sometimes you just need a hug. And touch from another human — when it’s
welcome, obviously — can build connection and trust, or even lower stress. So, if you can, try to meet up with some friends
in person. Do something fun, like a happy hour after
work or a walk in the park. There are plenty of free community activities
out there. Let’s face it, we can’t all afford fancy
dinners every night. But remember: even if a plant gets the right
amount of water, sunlight, and nutrients, it still won’t thrive if there’s lead
in the soil. So our environments really matter too. Work won’t always be stress-free. We all rush around when deadlines pop up or
clients make last-minute changes. And some careers are just higher-stress in
general — like if you’re a nurse or a first-year law student. But for the most part, if you’re working
on the weekends, taking work home, or staying late and you’re not okay with it… it’s
not good for you. And you don’t have to tolerate significant
sources of stress like an abusive boss or an unfair power structure. There’s bullying, which can be name-calling,
yelling, or mean-spirited jokes. And sexual harassment is unfortunately more
common than it should be — it often goes unrecognized and is tough to deal with. But some sources of unhealthy work stress
slip under the radar. Like, you might have to deal with a micromanager
who’s always looking over your shoulder, or a coworker who always talks down to you
or interrupts you. Nobody really wants to hate their job. So it’s easy to convince ourselves that
unhealthy or abusive behavior isn’t happening or affecting us. And there’s normalization. If we’re in a situation long enough, it
might seem normal because we can’t compare it to anything else. Normalization could apply to good or neutral
things, like having free coffee in the morning. But it also means you could end up in a bad
spot without realizing it. To see what I mean, let’s go to the Thought
Bubble. You’ve just been offered an associate position
at a new consulting firm with better pay, better hours, and cooler clients than your
current job. But when you show up, you notice that something
seems… off. You and your coworkers get along super well
— you do weekly trivia together, and even went to a renaissance fair one weekend. But your current boss is really nosy. They don’t seem to like that everyone on
the team is chummy, and they’re overly interested in your plans. They’ve practically cornered you at the
water cooler to interrogate you about happy hour a couple times. They also ask leading questions to get you
to gossip about your personal lives, like “Do you think Mark’s breakup is affecting
his work?” And that’s… not cool. The weirdest thing is that no one seems to
see these red flags. Everyone on your team started there straight
out of school, so your boss’s behavior seems normal to them. They haven’t had other bosses to compare
to this one, but you have. So now you’re the one who has to initiate
a difficult conversation. You go to your coworkers and point out how
weird it is that your boss is always there, peering over your desk like the “Kilroy
was here” cartoon. And based on their shocked expressions…
you’ve made your point. Together, you go to HR and file a complaint
about your boss’s behavior, and you hope it gets better over the next few weeks. But if it doesn’t, you resolve yourself
to the fact that you might have to ask for a transfer or find a new job, even though
you don’t necessarily want to. Thanks, Thought Bubble! If you’re in a stressful situation, know
that you deserve more and it can get better. Some stuff, like being talked over, can be
handled with a direct conversation. For more abusive behavior, you may need to
go to your HR department and report it. If things get too out-of-control, or if you
don’t see results, you may need to switch jobs. And I get it — that seems unfair, because
you have to save money, go through the job search process, and make big changes. Which aren’t easy. But you can try thinking of a big change as
an opportunity to move from a job to a career. Doing work that helps us achieve long-term
goals will make us happier in the long run and help us avoid the emotional exhaustion
of burnout. So check in with yourself and think about
what you really value about the work you do. When someone asks us, “Where do you work?”
we want to answer proudly. For example, you may value the ability to
make a contribution and to see your work make an impact on other people or the world. A lot of work might not produce a tangible
impact right away, so you have to be patient. Or if it does, it may be in a lower-paid sector,
like a social enterprise or a nonprofit. Depending on your passions, it may be worth
taking that risk. If you’re happiest when you’re learning
new skills or new things in general, you might look at consulting or enrolling in a class. But maybe you place more value on accomplishment. So you may look for a job where you have to
master a skill over a long period of time, like an art or a sport. Or you might value the status of an organization. Like, you may want to work for a famous brand
like Google or Amazon, or an agency like NASA. Big-name companies usually mean big corporate
structures. So, if you value power in your career, you
might want to find a business where you can climb a corporate ladder. Or maybe you really value a sense of community. So, you might want to look for a company that
puts a lot of emphasis on social connections, collaboration, or teamwork. But a word of warning: don’t let your work
be your only social life. Work relationships often get into office politics,
and most people need time and friendships outside of work to find balance. And if you want to have more control, or agency,
over your work life, you might work for a smaller business where you have more influence. Finally, agency overlaps with autonomy. If you want the freedom to do your own work,
your own way, on your own schedule, you may want to try freelancing. I am. Or you could become an entrepreneur and start
your own business — we’ll have another Crash Course series for y’all soon. Now, of course, most of us value more than
one of these qualities. The difference is in what we prioritize. So whether you’re considering a career shift
or a side-hustle, think about what matters to you. Because in order to grow where you’re planted,
you need to make sure you fully understand yourself. When you’re reflecting and researching,
remember: Take care of yourself. You need sleep, good food, good people, and
a little bit of exercise to thrive. Every job has stress, but if you’re exhausted
or in a toxic environment, it may be time for a change. It’s tricky, but finding work that aligns
with your values can help you avoid burnout. Thanks so much for watching Crash Course Business:
Soft Skills. I’m glad we got to grow together over this
series. It’s been fun. And I’ll see you on the internet somewhere.

Comments (100)

  1. It’s so interesting to see Evelyn do a crash course video

  2. This is really well laid out. Mostly things you would think as common sense, but I appreciate you took the time to articulate it. We all need to be reminded at some point.

  3. Evelyn!!!! Greetings! Internet cousin here. 🖤🖤🖤

  4. I am no longer here.

  5. This series has also been helpful for my D&D game.

  6. Good advice Evelyn..
    See you later on other series..
    Good luck..

  7. It’s Evelyn from the internets 🤗 she’s the best!

  8. Plenty of sleep, and goof off every once in awhile. End of video.

  9. …It's possible to enjoy your work?

  10. The elephant in the room here is people who don't have the opportunity to get out of a bad job.

  11. The best invented since 1997. 😏 Just saying

  12. I just quit my job yesterday. Knowing about how "abnormal" some things were compared to other places I had been before made me say good-bye the moment I had the chance and a few extra bucks on my bank account. Handy video.

  13. yesterday i watched Evelyn's la crox video

  14. Let me make this clear, to me this is the most important video Evelyn has covered and is fitting that its the finale.

    I don't think it was mentioned clearly enough or was assumed in the video. You are your own worst enemy when it comes to burnout. You have these internal voices telling yourself that something HAS to be done, that you NEED this job, or that is just the way things work. Some of those internal voices may be truthful, but you cannot KNOW this unless you confirm it. Talk to your coworkers, bosses, other freelancers, other business owners. Those internal voices may be lying to you or preying on your insecurities without you knowing it. If there are outside voices telling you some or all of those things, either times are extraordinary or its a red flag. Again, communication is key. Talk to your boss and coworkers to understand why, talk to other bosses to confirm the why. Once you understand where they are coming from, you can make the best decision for you. Which might not be with your current boss or company.

    Notice that I never included HR in this. They are there for the company, not the employee. They will only act if sufficient evidence is presented that this could be a long term problem for the company. Most of the time, without a cost-benefit analysis in your favor, you could be the long term problem for going to HR. If the company has a whistleblower hotline that is generally safer, but again the problem has to be 'worth it'. 'Worth it' is generally smaller than most people expect, as re-training can be cheaper than increasing employee churn but for some companies it isn't. My first employer out of college loved new college graduates, so did their best to weed people out by their fourth year with the company. I stayed through till my fourth year, then left because they started stacking the responsibilities without increasing the incentives, salary, or positional power. So it worked for them.

  15. Thank you Evelyn for this course of Business Soft Skills. The curriculum was great, it was very informative. You were so elegant and beautiful. Thank you for the team's hard work on this, can't wait to watch the next series. Thank you Crash Course as always!

  16. I just wanna say THANK YOU for this great series!

  17. I'm sorry but "sexual harassment is unfortunately more common than it SHOULD BE" ??? What the hell people, it should not exist AT ALL, not be LESS COMMON… The formulation is rather problematic 0___0

  18. Please make crash course maths! please please 🥺

  19. Yay I'm legally drunk, yay random insomia!

  20. This video is gonna blow up

  21. The wokeness is seeping into every series

  22. "proper exercise"

  23. I am a bit sad about the end of such a great series, but have i heard it right: we will have an entrepreneurship series soon. That's awesome!

  24. You know, in Japan, naps are easy to obtain on the job and at school.

  25. I should have known it was Evelyn from the Internet’s 😂 Sis over here getting that crash course money.

  26. Why don't you do a full self care crash course for everything

  27. Evelyn looks like Missy Elliot.

  28. Very good upload but yes, beware or HR. They can screw you over

  29. This was a great “sub-series!” Evelyn did a great job making an unexciting subject fun!
    Excited for more Crash Course Business!

  30. Hey, CC, you noted that burnout might be like other mental illnesses and I struggle with some myself! Most people might not know how to see the warning flags of depression and anxiety being normalized in their lives. Might you do a series on mental illness / conditions, such as depression, adhd, aspergers? It isn't covered in schools, but it is so important!

  31. I'm 30 years old and basically lived through everything laid out in this video over the past few years. It's so true!
    I always say "choose to do what makes you happy", and it really works!

  32. Say it, say it out loud! Yeeees.

  33. This course should be renamed to "everyday life course"

  34. How to avoid burnout simple if your not fat and/or lazy lol

  35. Avoid burnout by collectivizing and unionizing. Self care is organizing your workplace.

  36. I'm not in school right now, (summer break) but this course series on soft skills in business (and life in general) has been really helpful.

  37. Work-life balance? HA!!! lol. Tell that to inflation, plumetting wages, rent hikes, gentrification, having a family to feed, the glass ceiling, a competitive work force, and all the other bs I can't think about right now.

  38. I used to work at starbucks. My store was one of the busiest stores in the district. This was one of many factors that caused working there to be stressful.

    There was always a war going on between coworkers(just as much as any workplace im sure). Sometimes it got to the point where there would be verbal fights on the floor on a monthly basis. Every week one barista was trying to get the other fired. Gossip, misinformation, lies and mistrust spread throughout the entire store of course. Sometimes the toxicity would get out of control and it felt unsafe to go to work.

    Outrageous customers were a norm. As were trivial cooperate rules. These rules were specifically designed to achieve whatever qaurterly goal they wanted accomplished. On the surface that doesn't sound bad but in reality that meant that us employees were to sacrifice doing our job efficiently and effectively just to "get drive thru times faster" or whatever.

    Strict rules for the most tedious trivial things you can think of. And yes we actually did get in trouble of we didn't adhire to these rules (write ups, reprimand, and fired)

    Here's an example of an actual rule my store had to follow: "To keep the store looking clean, do not prepare backups until they are needed"

    This meant that when we were understaffed(usually 3 people) and busy we had to stop what we were doing to make a backup that should have already been prepared.

    Imagine getting paid $9/hour to not do your job and then getting yelled at for it.

  39. Thanks, this video is very very good! I am shifting from big corporate job to indie game dev and I am worried that I work too much.

  40. Just a reminder to folks, you can't quit parenting. If your parents were/are a little burnt out, cut 'em some slack.

  41. To me, burnout isn’t just caused by work…it’s caused by taking on too much, regardless of whether it’s occupational, social, familial, etc.

  42. Very practical advice.

  43. That HR thing caused my downvote. HR is there for the company's status quo -leave the job don't bother with HR they can fire you for it.

  44. Being told you need to spend time with friends in order to have balance really sucks when you don't have the social skills to achieve that, nor anyone who's remotely willing to teach those things.

  45. My previous workplace was toxic. The entire team was bullying me since day 1, and the company knew and didn't do anything about it. In fact, the boss even instigated a toxic environment for everyone. The friend who had helped me get the job bullied me just the same. I thought for months it was just me, but I realized that the problem was not me, but them. Was tough, and took me ages to switch jobs. Still nursing the scars from that job, and I am just happy to be in a healthier environment. People remarked that I look much better than when I was back at the old job.

    So yeah, the right environment is crucial! Otherwise a good performance is not possible and you as a person wrinkle too.

  46. Good mental health? What's that?! Lmao

  47. Bye Evelyn! It's been very helpful, thanks!

  48. Thank you crash 😘 course

  49. It is really naive to tell people to go to HR.

  50. She would make a good radio host in Fallout

  51. Thank you!
    It has been a lot of fun and I found quite a few things, that I could use in my current job
    See you on the Internet!

  52. I have never had to deal with HR – never worked for any business large enough to have such a department – but from what I've learned from listening to friends and so forth, the concerns getting raised in comments about approaching HR are founded in experience. However I had a thought that might be helpful: documentation. If you can manage to document the behavior you're reporting, if you can essentially have it "in hard copy" – then HR can try to mess you up, but you have the ability to provide proof in a case against the company (in case of that whole, being laid off thing). It's not "nice," at all, to feel like you have to outsmart your co-workers and the company, but it's also not good to feel like you can't rely on the department you're supposed to be able to trust to be fair.

    This has been a great series, and Evelyn, you have been a pleasure to listen to and to learn from. Thank you!

  53. Great series, great presentation; thank you for the information, and encouragement.

  54. How much money on average do you make per video??

  55. Spoiler: This video includes some completely obvious advice. Good luck!

  56. Burnout should be called adulting. Burnout is not a physical ailment. It’s called responsibility. Quit whining

  57. Burnouts are a systemic problem and you need unions.

  58. Can you please do mathematics for your next video

  59. All great advice, until you have the job of your dreams, and you cannot work enough to get away from your non-work life

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  61. This was a really nice video and reminded me how I really shouldn't take my current job for granted.

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    World history about Saudi Arabia and other thing if u publish any vedio related these topic plz speak my name at last my name is hafid thank love u John green sir

  63. Approaching HR is often a hard option and last resort, and may not always give you what you want as the department may be biased.

    If you have any issues with your colleagues/boss, it may be best to first approach them in a calm/friendly/neutral way and simply ask them about the issues of conflict in a non-confrontational way. Unless you have established a reputation as being petty/irritable or as a constant complainer, a lot of people are willing to listen to you if you bring up any issues you have if you approach them the right way, and assume it is a honest mistake on their part. Being confrontational/aggressive should generally be avoided, as the other person is then liable to become defensive; which is simple human psychology 101; and should therefore be avoided.

    Of course, if there is a genuine problem; there still exists a few people who are unwilling to budge even if you approach them in a proper way, in which case it may be necessary for you to escalate. But escalation should always be the last option.

    And, lastly; if you feel there is a problem, always take a moment to scrutinize yourself first before you scrutinize others. If you have a nosy boss, it may be because you lack initiative when not supervised, or have been unreliable in your past performance/delivery. Sometimes the problem is with you, sometimes it is not; but always make an honest self evaluation first.

  64. You are beautiful 😍😍
    Love you 3000 times❤️❤️

  65. 0.1 per mil blood alcohol content is legally drunk? You literally get this by drinking a sip of radler and the fact that if you don't sleep you feel like 0.1 per mil drunk is kind of underwhelming to be honest hahaha

  66. I disagree with the point pertaining to social connections. It's close knit relationships with a few people, especially immediate family that matter the most. Most people are arseholes commited to increasing the size of their bank account and they'll screw you over of it suits them. We live in the age of competition, and our relationships are hollow. I'm happy being with my family, other people I avoid like a plague.

  67. Just wanted to let you guys know that the physics course isn't in the playlist tab.

  68. Have you ever thought of making a series on megalithic structures and or “secret” societies? Love the vids thank you for everything!

  69. When u run out of content

  70. But what if we burn out from having to take care of oneself? Eating healthy, sleeping at the right time, exercise is really difficult and so exhausting. I feel like just taking care of my basic needs is overwhelming me.

  71. Crashcourse business is awesome and number 1# with no doubt

  72. Sleep and eat great advice 😂

  73. I want to build an electric car which engineering is right for me ?

  74. This was a really helpful reminder. I appreciate you summarizing these work-life-balance tips all into one place. Cheers.

  75. Take it from me. My career ruined my health. Don’t do it for the money. Ever. Ever. That’s what trapped me. Do what you enjoy. The alternative is hell on earth. You’ll be sitting in your mansion dreading the coming morning, shaking and sick. All day, every day. Not able to enjoy anything in life. Hell on earth.

  76. I’m don’t want to work in retail forever. I don’t have weekends & don’t enjoy the time I’m missing from my family from working so late. I doesn’t help that jobs aren’t easy to come by in a city that a lot of ppl want to move to.

  77. Name calling and provacating to talk about personal life of a coworkers isn't a workplace bullying. Just have a sense of humor.

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  79. What the heck you guys.. I am seeing too many comments saying that the video isn't helpful and so and so tips don't apply to them/don't work. Crash course has to put holistic advice, applicable to most people in just a short video, and they do it to help people out and nothing else. Listen, change doesn't happen overnight or in the first week or even sometimes the first month. But consistent and diligent work on one self (finding a sleep/exercise/eating routine) does. Self care takes a long time to master, but the result is an even longer time period of sufficient energy and a balanced state of mind and hence a desire and ability to perform well in the workforce. There isn't a set of rules that works for everyone, but that is why you have to do trial and error in your daily routine, until something sticks and makes you the best version of you! However, it is up to you and dismissing advice because "it doesn't work" is actually you denying yourself a better lifestyle. Don't give up, burning out sucks, and is a warning sign from your body. Listen to it. Good luck, we are all rooting for you!

  80. isn't this supposed to be only part of the business course? I've been looking for the first episodes of part two and can't find them, can anyone tell me where to look?

  81. I really liked those pins you had on. How did you have them made? real cool

  82. Never been drunk but I always feel inebriated when I haven't had enough sleep for a couple of days

  83. Her voice is so soothing !!!

  84. Suggestion: Crash Course Astrology

    Number of people interested

  85. I value contribution and community, so I want a job that helps a lot of children and where is a good social atmosphere.

  86. Thank you, that's very helping.

  87. I'm glad you included power as an amoral achievement to strive toward. Power just magnifies what is already good or bad.

  88. Thank you and best of luck in the future!

  89. You shouldn't bring a boss being a little nosy as an HR complaint. It's weird, but it's not inappropriate or against any policy.

  90. Any exercise is better than no exercise

  91. Her voice is so sweet

  92. My dad worked for the old Westinghouse Defense and Electronics for over 25 years. After they lost 3 general managers to heart attack deaths in 18 months, they brought in a consulting firm to look at their work/life balance. The firm suggested giving all employees access to a fitness center and nutritional counselling. However, they also said that all of this was pointless if the employee's spouses were not included as well so my mother was also able to access these facilities. My parents got into the habit of going to the gym on a regular basis and, now retired, have been able to keep up this habit into their 80s.

  93. Thank you for this thoughtful series. Even though I don't work in a corporation/office job you gave me helpful tools on how to manage work life better. I'm gonna pass the course on to my students, they should know these things while going out scouting for jobs.

  94. I wanted to wait til the end of the series before officially making a judgement, but you were in no way qualified to host this series. You are an internet personality, not a business person. You hold no official training in this subject area.

    Furthermore, every reference from this video promoted liberal ideas and agendas and did not remotely suggest a fair balance of ideas. Never once was there a reference to a more conservative field like finance or accounting (you know, actually business). Your dress was not business professional, and those pins in particular are exceptionally inappropriate for any business workplace. Your use of phrases like 'black girl magic' and 'white man confidence' were the most egregious use of unacceptable workplace language.

    While I love Crash Course, this series really dropped the ball.

  95. Thank you~i am glad to hear you talking about it~be happy🙂

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