What is Burnout?
If you’ve ever put all of your energy into work or school or anything, you’ve likely experience something called burnout. Burnout results from excessive and enduring stress that can arise when you feel overwhelmed and drained.
It can make you feel depleted and distracted, reducing productivity and motivation and leaving you hopeless. Moreover, as you try to work through the exhaustion, the effects intensify and begin to carryover into daily life. Thus, it is counterproductive to ignore these feelings, and you should work to combat them to reduce your stress.
Symptoms and signs of burnout include those that are emotional, behavior, and physical. Furthermore, it can be difficult to identify these symptoms and understand that you are in fact burnt out. Common emotional symptoms are a sense of helplessness, detachment, and isolation. Behavioral symptoms include withdrawing from responsibilities, procrastinating, and taking frustration out on others. Finally, physical symptoms typically include exhaustion and lethargy.
Why does Burnout Occur?
Because every individual is unique, surrounded by different circumstances, burnout can be due to a variety of reasons. Often, it stems from work-related issues such as perceived lack of control, unclear tasks, or overly demanding work.
Becoming burnt out can be a result of lifestyle and/or personality issues. For example, a lack of close social relationships, poor sleep, or taking on too many responsibilities. In addition, personality traits such as perfectionism, pessimism, and the chronic need to be in control can lead to burnout.
Fortunately there are many strategies for reducing burnout. You can modify your lifestyle, implement self-care management, and assess your social relationships. For instance, changing the way you think may be avoiding self-criticism or recognizing gratitude and positive values. In addition, you can improve your relationships by avoiding toxic relationships and learning to be comfortable saying no. Finally, self-care strategies include following a healthy diet, finding creative outlets, and getting outdoors regularly.
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