There are times in our lives where we face extreme stress. Sometimes it is a stressful work week, school week, or just a stressful time in general. However, burnout is no joke. It has extreme effects on your physical, mental, and overall well-being.
Burnout results from prolonged periods of stress. It truly feels like everything around you is swallowing you up. Often, burnout prevents you from doing what you need to do–whatever that may be. It makes sense; you are dealing with so much built up emotional and mental exhaustion.
In this article, we are discussing this topic because it is something we all experience. Moreover, it has legitimate effects on your health (both in the present moment and in the future). If you are ready to learn how to recognize burnout and what you can do to help prevent it in the future, keep reading. This article may be exactly what you need.
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How Do You Know If You Are Burnt Out?
When you are burnt out, you probably don’t want to continue to do your work (whatever this work may be) because you feel emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted.
If you have lost your drive and feel like you can’t cope with the tasks coming at you anymore, you are probably burnt out.
If you are burnt out, it is important to take some time to respect your needs.
Recognizing that you are burnt out is pretty simple. After all, you are the one who is experiencing the feeling. However, seeing systems of burnout can further your understanding of burnout itself, and moreover, the consequences that come with it. Here are some common symptoms that highlight this terrible experience.
If you are experiencing burnout, you may:
- Get sick very easily, or, feel sicker because your exhaustion has weakened you
- Feel very pessimistic towards work of any kind, or, towards life in general
- Desperately want to take time off from work or school
- Lack any motivation
- Be emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted
- Experience very low productivity and efficiency
- Feel like you are in figurative ‘quicksand’ with everything that you have going on
All in all, being burnt out is a very poor situation to be in. If you don’t take the time to take pauses from all the work you are doing, you might find that you are stuck in a burnout cycle.
In the process of burnout, you may:
- Start out with the motivation and inspiration to get things done
- Begin to stress in increasing amounts until it becomes chronic
- Reach a breaking point and start looking for ways to escape from what you need to accomplish
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it may feel like you are facing endless stress. However, there are several resources you can use to break this cycle. Still, recognizing these symptoms and acknowledging that you are burnt out is a great first step.
How To Prevent Burnout
While it is easier said than done, there are some suggestions for how you can prevent burnout from happening again. Additionally, these tips can help your well-being overall, and may help you in the process of overcoming burnout.
People always recommend exercise as a way of coping with stress, anger, and an array of mental health struggles. Exercising releases feel-good endorphins that help raise our mood. Exercise also helps strengthen the body, which feeds into our confidence and in the way we carry ourselves.
However, this can be a double-edged sword if you are burnt out because you are already exhausted. So, you might want to avoid anything too intense or challenging. To keep it simple, you can do things like:
- Simple yoga moves or stretches
- Go for a walk in nature
- Dance to your favorite tunes
Again, it is important that you do not push your body too hard. Pushing yourself too hard with exercise might make things worse if you are not gentle. But, if you know exercise will help you; you can do more intense workouts. Nonetheless, it is essential to have the right gear for exercise.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is critical. Similar to exercise, getting enough sleep is a common suggestion for all sorts of issues. However, if you are not getting enough sleep, it is easy to see how you are experiencing burnout.
Sometimes when you are working too hard, you do not take enough time to get much-deserved rest. Getting sleep is not only something you deserve, but it should be a priority. An inconsistent sleeping schedule can make everything seem–and feel–so much worse than it really is. Thus, make your rest and relaxation non-negotiable.
If you have trouble falling asleep, try to calm yourself down. Our minds tend to go a little crazy when we lie awake in bed, which can also contribute to burnout.
You can calm yourself down through meditation or breathing exercises.
If you find that you still can not fall asleep, there are amazing natural sleep-aids that ensure you get enough rest throughout the night.
Ask For Help And Set Boundaries
If you read this article and still feel helpless, you are not alone. Our entire generation is dealing with burnout. Experiencing burnout is not something that can be fixed in one day. While we hope that treating your body well can prevent burnout, it does not mean that burnout is a one time thing with a simple solution.
If you can get help, it is essential to do so. Talking to a professional is one of the best ways to take on these overwhelming feelings. Beyond this, though, do not be afraid to set boundaries with yourself and with others. Setting boundaries is always a good idea, especially if you feel like you are taking on too much.
At the end of the day, you are a human being–just like everyone else. There is only so much one can take at one time. Now, more than ever, we are facing extreme stress levels. For many of us, our obligations feel entirely unattainable. The truth is, sometimes these jobs really are too much. It is essential, then, that we take care of ourselves. If a job or class is pushing you to the point of breaking down, you need to take a step back. Burnout can and will have terrible effects on your overall well-being. Thus, please be kind to yourself and take care of your body. There is no grade, job, or other type of work that is more important than you being okay.
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