Are you suffering from Burnout?
We live in a society where everything and everyone is going at 100 miles per hour just to try and keep up with everyday life. I think you will agree that we all want the best for ourselves and our family so we live with that ‘can do’ attitude where we seem to work, work, work all the time to get what we want and push ourselves so much that it can lead to 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. When you have Burnout you no longer have the energy to care about things anymore, it’s not just where you have a day where you are slightly tired and emotional, it’s where you are physically exhausted.
What effect will Burnout have?
If you are suffering with burnout everything is affected. Not only will it affect your personal, social and work life it will also influence your body. Your immune system weakens and you become more susceptible to illnesses such as coughs, colds and exhaustion.
Symptoms of Burnout
Burnout doesn’t happen overnight it’s a gradual process and it’s important that the early symptoms are recognised before it gets to the point where it’s too late.
- Finding it hard to concentrate
- Disturbed sleep and funny sleeping patterns
- Craving unhealthy foods
- Weakened immune system
“A 2013 survey of human resource directors in the United Kingdom found that nearly 30% reported that burnout was widespread within their organisation.” – psychologicalscience.org
Ways to prevent Burnout?
Burnout can have a huge impact on your personal life so it’s important that you try and prevent burnout if you can.
Take a break – I know it’s not easy to take a break from work especially if you have a demanding job but try and take a short break from your desk, even if it’s to go outside for just 5 minutes to get some fresh air.
Diet – Eating a healthy balanced diet, what you eat can have a huge impact on your mood throughout the day. Minimise the amount of sugar that you consume to prevent a crash in mood and energy. Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost, foods such as oily fish, eggs and nuts can help.
Caffeine and alcohol – Avoid drinking too much alcohol and caffeine, these can both affect your mood.
Exercise – When you are feeling completely exhausted the last thing you feel like doing is exercising but it’s proven to be one of the best ways to boost your mood. Try exercises that also work your mind as well as your body such as Yoga or Pilates.
Make time for yourself – This one is not so easy if you have a full-time job and children but turn off phones, laptops, T.V etc. and make time for yourself by doing something that relaxes you such as reading a good book or taking a bath.
“Research from an integrative team of psychological scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden provides striking evidence that workplace burnout can alter neural circuits, ultimately causing a vicious cycle of neurological dysfunction.” – psychologicalscience.org
What should you do if you think you are suffering with Burnout?
If you think that you are suffering from Burnout seek advice. Talk to your loved ones, work colleagues and your boss so that they are aware of how you are feeling and so they can help.
We can also help you here at the Norfolk Clinic. We have trained therapists that you can talk to and get some advice from.
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