Burnouts have become commonplace at large law, banking and consulting firms, as over-ambitious 30-somethings lose control. Apparently there isn’t a minimum age requirement. Yohio, the Melodifestivalen breakout star and the biggest Swedish celebrity in Japan, has revealed in an up close and personal interview with Aftonbladet that he understands a lot more about this then you may think.
At the age of 16, he was about to board a plane from Tokyo to Sweden for his next concert. Instead of getting cozy with some champagne and an in-flight magazine, he fell apart. “I got some kind of attack, it happened all of a sudden and felt so extreme. I called my agent who said ‘You are having a panic attack.'”
Yohio admits that he feels best when he is working hard, but his intensive career as an artist has taught him to learn his body’s limits. Two years ago he burned out completely. He was only 16!
“It was the summer and I was writing my next album but thought everything I did was sh-t. Finally I just caved in. I didn’t have the energy to be awake, eat, or drink.” Yohio has always been known for his frail figure, but imagine him struggling to hold down food.
But from pain one can build strength. Yohio is happy that he experienced burnout so early, because he now understands “the wall” and can look out for warning signals of another panic attack.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself and will do everything as best as I can the whole time. Everything I do is to show that I can be better. That’s the only reason I enlisted in Melodifestivalen again. To do better than last year.”
That may not have happened, but we are sure Yohio will work it out again some time in the future.
In the meantime, Yohio cautions us all to listen to kids, who often struggle to find their place in society. “The school system should fit everyone, but it doesn’t. School has never worked for me, for I have always questioned things…Society is very strenuous. Youth are constantly fighting to fit in somewhere. That’s how it was for me. But one has to fight, and speak about it. There are far more people who feel bad than feel well, so you have to listen.”