Burn Out 101

Burn out may feel as though we’re stressed, overwhelmed, or strained due to our rigorous activities or responsibilities.

As the pressure builds, we begin to become unmotivated and unwilling to put our best foot forward while being productive. 

We can even begin to burn out the fire for the passion we once had for such a project.

Some adverse effects from burnout can include but are not limited to fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, resentment, doubt, and feeling quite drained. 

Although we may not notice, burnout can cause long-term changes to the body that make us more susceptible to illnesses. 

Burnout can cause unbalance in every area of life. It’s crucial to take care of yourself as soon as possible when you notice that you’re feeling burnt out.

What can cause us to experience burnout?

  • Stressful environments.
  • Lack of control.
  • Lack of social support.
  • Anxiety.
  • Work-life imbalance.

You could be dealing with burnout if:

  • You are having lots of bad days.
  • You could feel as if everything that once seemed important is starting to seem like a waste of energy.
  • You are always exhausted.
  • You are growing uninterested or impatient during your daily tasks.
  • You may even feel unappreciated or unimportant.
  • Loss of motivation. 
  • Detachment.
  • Pessimism.
  • Decreased satisfaction.
  • Decreased sense of accomplishment.

Some of the more physical effects could be:

  • Feeling drained most of the time.
  • Lowered immunity.
  • Frequent illnesses.
  • Frequent headaches.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Change appetite.
  • Change in sleep.

Changes in behavior could be:

  • Withdrawing.
  • Isolating.
  • Procrastinating.
  • Use of coping mechanisms such as food, drugs, and alcohol.
  • Taking out frustrations on others.
  • Skipping, coming in late, or leaving work early.

Stress and burnout may go hand in hand, yet they are considerably different in a way.

Stress can come as a result of too much of something. Burnout can come from not having ENOUGH of something.

Stress can come from too much pressure and demand. Burnout can arise from feeling mental exhaustion and lack of motivation.

Most people are very aware that they are stressed. Most do not take notice when they are experiencing burnout. 

How can I manage my energy and prevent burnout?

Some good techniques that can help manage the effects of burnout are:

  • Try participating in relaxing activities or doing things that you enjoy.
  • Exercise.
  • Get a good amount of rest.
  • Try yoga or meditation.
  • Seek out a support group or friends and family that you can trust to talk about your experience.
  • Figure out if there are other ways to approach the situation that is causing you to experience burnout.

We should all try to be mindful of ourselves and give ourselves the peace of mind needed when overworking and over-stressing ourselves.

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