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    On the Road to Burnout

    If constant stress has you feeling helpless, disillusioned, and completely exhausted, you may be on the road to burnout. Learn what you can do to regain your balance and feel positive and hopeful again.

    What is burnout?

    On the Road to Burnout

    Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.

    The negative effects of burnout spill over into every area of life—including your home, work, and social life. Burnout can also cause long-term changes to your body that make you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu.  It’s important to deal with burnout right away.

    Signs and Symptoms of Burnout

    On the Road to Burnout

     Most of us have days when we feel helpless, overloaded, or unappreciated—when dragging ourselves out of bed requires the determination of Hercules. If you feel like this most of the time, however, you may be burned out.

    Burnout is a gradual process. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it can creep up on you.  If you pay attention and actively reduce your stress, you can prevent a major breakdown. If you ignore them, you’ll eventually burn out.

     

    Stress vs. Burnout

    Characterized by over-engagement               Characterized by disengagement

    Emotions are over reactive                                   Emotions are blunted

    Produces urgency and hyperactivity              Produces feeling helpless and hopeless

    Loss of energy                                                              Loss of motivation, ideals and hope

    Leads to anxiety orders                                          Leads to detachment and depression

    Primary damage is physical                                 Primary damage is emotional

    May kill you prematurely                                       May make life seem not worth living

    Dealing with Burnout Tip 1: Turn to Other People

    Social contact is nature’s antidote to stress and talking face to face with a good listener is one of the fastest ways to calm your nervous system and relieve stress. The person you talk to doesn’t have to be able to “fix” your stressors; they just have to be a good listener.

    Reach out to those closest to you, 

    Be more sociable with your coworkers

    Limit your contact with negative people. 

    Connect with a cause or a community group that is personally meaningful to you. 

    Find new friends.

    Tip 2: Reframe the Way you Look at Work

    Try to find some value in your work.

    Find balance in your life.

     Make friends at work.

    Take time off.

    Tip 3: Re-evaluate your Priorities

    Set boundaries. 

    Take a daily break from technology.

    Nourish your creative side. 

    Set aside relaxation time

    Get plenty of sleep.

    Tip 4: Make Exercise a Priority

    Even though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you’re burned out, exercise is a powerful antidote to stress and burnout. It’s also something you can do right now to boost your mood.

    Rhythmic exercise, where you move both your arms and legs, is a hugely effective way to lift your mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body. Try walking, running, weight training, swimming, martial arts, or even dancing.

    Tip 5: Support Your Mood and Energy Levels with a Healthy Diet

    What you put in your body can have a huge impact on your mood and energy levels throughout the day.

    Minimize sugar and refined carbs

    Reduce your high intake of foods that can adversely affect your mood

    Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost.

    Avoid nicotine

    Drink alcohol in moderation

    Reach Out

    On the Road to Burnout

    Samantha Barnes at Sweet Spot Family Counseling suggests that we need to allow ourselves permission to reach out for support.

    “Anytime is a good time for therapy; not just during a crisis.  Therapy can provide the emotional support and problem solving skills you need to help you “live your best life.”

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    On the Road to Burnout

    Written By: Jane Laker

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