How To Deal With The Burnout Feeling
By Brandi Monasco
Sometimes life can be overwhelming and the stress just keeps building up and up. You do what you can to cope and to get on with your daily life, but it just seems too hard to do. Sometimes the stress and the feelings of overwhelm are so persistent that you feel drained, emotionally and physically. You start feeling irritable and just not like yourself.
You are completely burned out.
Being burned out means that you are burned out from your daily life and the stresses of work. You are tired and you become completely exhausted by stress. Burnout goes hand-in-hand with job stress. You could be taking on too much at work or you may feel like you have a feeling of lack of control, both of which contribute to feeling burnt out.
Burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that is caused by prolonged and excessive stress. As the stress continues, you start to feel a lack of motivation or interest in things that before made you happy.
What does burnout feel like?
- Lack of motivation – Caring about your home or work life seems like a complete waste of time
- Exhaustion – You are exhausted all of the time, no matter how much sleep you get
- Frustration, cynicism, or any other negative emotions
- Change in appetite
- Losing sleep or feeling like you cannot sleep enough
- Getting sick more
- Your concentration is affected
- Every day is a bad day
In short, feeling the burnout can cause many health and medical issues, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, gastrointestinal problems and sleep problems.
Fortunately, being burned out is not inevitable. There are ways to help reduce your stress and steps that you can take to ensure that you do not fall into the hand of burnout.
- Find Out What Is Causing Your Burnout. There could be one or there could be several reasons why you are feeling burnout. It could be from extra responsibilities at work, the kids’ sports schedules, or maybe it is a mixture of the two and then some. Figuring out what is causing your burnout can help you focus on how to manage and help ease the stress.
- Take A Step Back. Oftentimes burnout can just be a situation of the circumstances. Maybe your life is just hectic at this moment. If this is the case, put yourself in a “time-out.” Go get your nails done, take a short vacation, or go get a massage. If the burnout feels more chronic and you feel that there is more to the stress than just your current situation, you may need to reconsider things. It might be time to change jobs or careers or time to leave a toxic relationship.
- Take Relaxation Seriously. When you have identified what it is that is causing your burnout and you are able to take a step back and relax a bit, make sure you take this time seriously. Make sure that you make time for yourself whether you are meditating, reading a book, or even taking a walk around the park. Give yourself permission to put “you” first.
Whatever the cause of your burnout is, you need to make sure to always take care of yourself and maintain your health. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising and avoiding constant stress as much as possible.
What are your favorite ways to step back and take some “you” time? Share with us in the comments below!
Source: The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies. (2009). New York, NY: Rodale.
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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