How to Spot and Survive Burnout
Burning out. It’s a term we’ve all heard. Coined by Herbert J. Freudenberger in his book Burnout: The Cost of High Achievement, to burnout recognises the “extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.”
In other words, a burnout is when we exhaust our mental and physical resources by overworking ourselves, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to complete regular routine.
But burning out is not inevitable!
There are several tell-tale signs leading up to a burnout that we can learn to recognise and address so we don’t become the victim of our own exhaustive habits.
Our bodies are our number one supporter. They know when to speak up if something isn’t right.
It has been found that chronic stress can take a toll on our immune system, allowing burnouts to manifest as headaches, colds, and stomach pain. If you experience periods of unusual fatigue or illness, take a moment to consider the mental causes of this slump as well as physical ones!
Another key indicator of a potential burnout is a decrease in productivity at work or feeling overwhelmed by tasks that wouldn’t normally bother us.
When we overwork ourselves, we become tired and stressed, leading us to behave in ways unlike our usual selves.
Irritability has been recognised as a key indicator of a burnout. As we become overloaded by excessive work/activities, our fuses become shorter and shorter, meaning we are likely to snap or become upset at otherwise un-irritating things. This could be as little as being more frustrated in traffic, or more intense such as snapping at our significant other when they accidentally leave the fridge open.
Fatigue is another sign of burning out. The feeling of constantly not having enough physical or emotional energy regardless of how much sleep you get can impact us in all corners of life and is not something we need to put up with.
A lack of motivation and/or increase in procrastination can also occur due to the heightened sense of easily achievable tasks seeming overwhelming. This could include finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning, dreading going to work, or avoiding beginning your first task for the day.
What can you do to avoid or overcome a burnout?
In line with our philosophy here at BOD lifestyle, preventative care is key. We should first look to employ sustainable habits in our lifestyles to avoid becoming overworked and eventually burning out.
GET BACK TO BASICS
Simple things like drinking enough water (about two litres over the day), getting enough sleep (between 7-9 hours) and getting on top of your nutrition can be a good starting point to avoid a burnout.
Another way to ensure your body receives the correct nutrition could be by using our Flexofytol supplement which contains the benefits of Turmeric which may assist to relieve inflammation in the joints.
MAP OUT YOUR WEEK
Over committing ourselves is another key contributor to burning out. A good practice is to physically write out your weekly schedule in a calendar or develop a to do list so that you can visualise an achievable workload. Knowing when to say no to extra commitments that will push you beyond a manageable workload is also essential.
PRIORITISE SELF CARE
Don’t forget to schedule in time for yourself to relax as well! In our time off we should look to do things that relax us and give us pleasure. This could include lightweight activities such as binge-watching TV (for a short period), or more mentally stimulating activities such as Soduko or yoga!
There are many ways we can improve our lifestyle and avoid burning out. If you’re looking for an extra element in a well-balanced mental state, our Sedistress supplement may assist with relieving symptoms of mild stress and anxiety. Discover more via our website today.
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