Burnout – what is it and how to know if you have it?
Life in the big city can be extremely exhausting. Routine, stress at work, little things that annoy us, but we can’t change it - all this affects our mental state.
Over time, negative emotions accumulate and can lead to serious psychological failure. Symptoms are a lot, but when we start nervously counting the days until Friday as early as Tuesday, surely we need to know that we are about to experience a burnout.
What is a burnout?
Burnout (or "burn-out") is a jargon concept of extreme emotional exhaustion, especially in terms of our work. Typical feelings include apathy, lack of professional motivation, anger, passive aggression, and a general feeling of dissatisfaction.
The term is associated with the enormous stress that corporate career causes employees - from an assistant - to a CEO. It can come in wide variety of professions – from doctors to teachers. And every burnout leads to negative effect on the body. So, how to know if you have one?
Signs that you may be having a burnout
A burnout usually develops gradually. It usually starts with extremely strong motivation and true dedication to work. If this behavior is not properly rewarded by recognition or financial reward, it could lead to burnout.
It has three crucial symptoms that are recognizable to those affected by the syndrome. However, it is possible for them to be spotted initially by colleagues or friends.
1. Emotional exhaustion
This is the flagship symptom. The mental reactions are suppressed, the affected person feels tired even when he thinks about his work. He feels more and more frustration because he can’t cope with the tasks and he is getting more and more into his own exhaustion. In this stage, the sympathy that is commonly experienced by people also decreases.
2. Reduced working capacity
In this case of a burnout, the affected person may still be very active professionally, but his strength and concentration are rapidly exhausted in the work process and result in overwork. This is also the reason why the ability to work with this syndrome gradually falls, which is quite often not noticeable. When the problem is realized, it is likely that the exhaustion is in advanced stage.
Depersonalization means a sense of alienation from oneself and others. Behavior in the personal, social and professional environment is changing and it often comes to the fact that the person concerned hurts people around with offensive, personal remarks.
Typical is the apathetic and negative attitude towards colleagues and clients. An interpersonal distance appears, and towards the end one defines himself as a wrapper of his own personality.
Taken together, these leading symptoms of "burning" lead to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and despair, and those affected by occupational exhaustion syndrome may also have suicidal thoughts.
How to take care of yourself if you are having a burnout
Deprivation, depression and extreme fatigue can be caused when you can’t control how you work when you put effort into goals you do not believe and when you feel unconfirmed.
If you do not like your work and do not rest enough, you can cause serious health and mental problems. If you are ambitious and believe that you can handle everything, it is possible that the lute surprise you suddenly.
If you are a perfectionist, it is a good idea to ask if you have unrealistic expectations of yourself and pay attention to the symptoms of emotional exhaustion.
If you don’t, you can easily fall into a burnout – the disease of modern people.
Burnout occurs gradually, and its signs are not readily recognizable. An example is chronic fatigue. In the early stages, you may feel a lack of energy and feel tired most days, but later you begin to feel completely exhausted, drained, empty, and filled with horror when you remember your upcoming business day.
Other symptoms include sleeping problems, memory and difficulty in concentration and attention, which in the later stages often leads to work problems.
Physical symptoms such as panic attacks, dizziness, headache, chest pain, accelerated heartbeat and weak immune system are also among the symptoms of a frenzy. Loss of appetite, anxiety, depression, nervousness and frustration are frequent companions of emotional exhaustion.
If you want to eliminate all these things from your life, here is some things you can do:
How to help yourself if you have a burnout?
Make a list of things that make you stressed, anxious, angry, and despair. Do not rush, you can always add to the list. Then write at least one way to change the situation and reduce stress, then enter the change into your daily routine. Do not be angry if there are no quick results and give yourself time.
Learn to say "no" as you recover and reject responsibilities and new obligations. Delegate as much as possible and take breaks between projects. Decide that you will turn off phones and laptops once you get home. Take breaks every two hours and assume that you can’t do everything and be perfect without paying too much for your health and your work to deteriorate in the long run.
Many people believe they just have no choice. It is important to determine what is the root cause of the lute. Do you think you have to be perfect? Do you want to have more money? Do you think that no one can do a task better than you?
It is very often that women who believe that they are required to be both perfect mothers, fitness models, wives, housewives and have a successful career are victims of a burnout. All this is not only unattainable but also dangerous because some of them become dependent on pills in a desperate attempt to be perfect.
So, you must understand, that if always want more, you won’t be happy. You will just be stressed and tired. Learn to delegate the tasks you don’t like and can be easily delegated, and you will see how easy your life will become.
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