WHAT IS BURNOUT AND HOW CAN YOU PREVENT IT?

Have you ever experienced constant, excessive stress – so much so that it leaves you feeling exhausted, helpless and disillusioned? You may be facing burnout. So what is it and why does it happen? You’re likely to experience burnout when you’re feeling overwhelmed, emotionally drained and that you just can’t meet constant demands. It’s a feeling of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion as a result of continuous and excessive stress. If you’re experiencing burnout, you will start to feel disinterested and unmotivated about aspects of life.

The effects are often both physical and mental. Symptoms and indicators include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakened immune system
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Change in appetite and/or sleep habits
  • Feeling as though you have failed and self-doubt
  • Feeling helpless
  • Feeling isolated
  • Lack of motivation
  • Negative and cynical thoughts
  • Feeling unsatisfied
  • Withdrawal from usual responsibilities
  • Procrastinating
  • Substance abuse
  • Lashing out at others
  • Missing work or arriving late and leaving early

Whilst burnout typically begins in just one area of your life, for example, work, it ends up affecting every area like your home and social life. The good news is, it happens gradually, so if you recognise the signs you can work to decrease your stress levels before you reach burnout.

So how can you prevent it? One of the best ways to tackle burnout is to speak to someone – open up to your family, significant other and/or friends about how you’re feeling. If you feel like you’re at or close to burnout, take some time off to relax and recharge. Regular exercise and a healthy diet also help in preventing symptoms.

If you think you are on your way to burnout or have already reached it, get in touch with Dalton Wise.

Check out our blog all about stress and how it affects us here

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