Burnout Syndrome Prevention and Recovery
Burnout Syndrome Prevention and Recovery

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If suddenly you feel that life become less enjoyable and constant stress has you feeling disillusioned, helpless, and completely exhausted, you may be suffering from burnout. When you’re burned out from stress, problems seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to care- let alone do something about your situation.

The unhappiness and detachment that burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health. But burnout can be overcome. There are plenty of things you can do to regain your balance and start to feel hopeful and positive again.

What is burnout?

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical 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 or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.

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Burnout reduces productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give.

Most of us have days when we feel bored, 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 have burnout.

You may be on the road to burnout if:

Every day is a bad day.

Caring about your work or home life seems like a total waste of energy.

You’re exhausted all the time.

The majority of your day is spent on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming.

You feel like nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated.

cool The effects of burnout

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. Because of its many consequences, it’s important to deal with burnout right away.

Burnout may be the result of unrelenting stress, but it isn’t the same as too much stress. Stress, by and large, involves too much: too many pressures that demand too much of you physically and psychologically. Stressed people can still imagine, though, that if they can just get everything under control, they’ll feel better.

Burnout, on the other hand, is about not enough.

Being burned out means feeling empty, devoid of motivation, and beyond caring.

People experiencing burnout often don’t see any hope of positive change in their situations.

While you’re usually aware of being under a lot of stress, you don’t always Notice burnout when.b

angryBurnout causes

Burnout often stems from your job. Anyone who feels overworked and undervalued is at risk for burnout—from the hardworking office worker who hasn’t had a vacation in years, to the frazzled stay-at-home mom struggling to care for kids, housework, and an aging parent.

Your lifestyle and personality traits can also contribute to burnout. What you do in your downtime and how you look at the world can play just as big of a role in causing burnout as work or home demands.

Work-related causes of burnout

enlightenedFeeling like you have little or no control over your work

enlightenedLack of recognition or reward for good work

enlightenedUnclear or overly demanding job expectations

enlightenedDoing work that’s monotonous or unchallenging

enlightenedWorking in a chaotic or high-pressure environment

Lifestyle causes of burnout

Working too much, without enough time for socializing or relaxing

Lack of close, supportive relationships

Taking on too many responsibilities, without enough help from others

Not getting enough sleep

Personality traits can contribute to burnout

noPerfectionistic tendencies; nothing is ever good enough

noPessimistic view of yourself and the world

yesThe need to be in control; reluctance to delegate to others

yesHigh-achieving, Type A personality

Burnout signs and symptoms

Burnout is a gradual process that occurs over an extended period of time. The signs and symptoms of burnout are subtle at first, but they get worse and worse as time goes on.

  • Think of the early symptoms of burnout as warning signs or red flags that something is wrong that needs to be addressed.

  • If you pay attention to these early warning signs, you can prevent a major breakdown. If you ignore them, you’ll eventually burn out.

Dealing with burnout

Whether you recognize the warning signs of impending burnout or you’re already past the breaking point, trying to push through the exhaustion and continuing as you have been will only cause further emotional and physical damage. There are positive steps you can take to get your life back into balance and overcome burnout.

 

 

The majority of your day is spent on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming.

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