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BURNOUT, Is it even real?

In short, Yes, it is and it's crucial to learn about its stages and signs before you fall victim to its trap.

In this article, we will explore what Burn out is, what the stages are, and how to overcome it.

Burnout is a state of chronic physical and emotional exhaustion that results from prolonged exposure to high levels of stress and demanding situations, especially in the context of work or other responsibilities. The stages of burnout can vary in intensity and duration for different individuals, but they generally follow a progression that leads to a state of complete burnout. Here's an explanation of each stage and suggestions for managing the symptoms:

1. Excessive Ambition: At this stage, you might have high aspirations and goals, pushing yourself to achieve more and excel. Need the house, Need the car, Need the promotion, Need to contract the new client.. sounding familiar?

While ambition is a positive trait, excessive ambition can lead to setting unrealistic expectations and putting too much pressure on yourself. 2. Working Harder: As you strive to meet your ambitious goals, you may start working longer hours, taking on more responsibilities, and sacrificing personal time. This increased workload can lead to chronic stress. 3. Neglecting Your Needs: In an attempt to keep up with your demanding workload, you might start neglecting your physical and emotional needs. Sleep, proper nutrition, exercise, and relaxation become less of a priority. That quick sandwich at your local Tesco instead of the homecooked meal you wanted to pre-make? Skipped a workout as you didn't get enough sleep because you went to bed late because of a deadline? 4. Displacing Problems: When stress becomes overwhelming, you might avoid dealing with underlying issues or conflicts and focus solely on your work to distract yourself from these problems. Suddenly you are super productive at work, and dread the time alone at home, that's because you are running from the problem and not facing it. 5. Revision of Values: Your priorities and values might shift as work takes precedence over other aspects of your life, such as relationships, hobbies, and self-care. 6. Denial of New Problems: New challenges or stressors that arise might be downplayed or ignored as you continue to push through, believing you can handle anything. 7. Withdrawal: You might start isolating yourself from social interactions and support networks as the pressure and exhaustion increase. 8. Impact on Others: Burnout can affect your interactions with colleagues, friends, and family, leading to strained relationships and decreased social support. 9. Depersonalisation: In this stage, you may develop a cynical or detached attitude toward your work and the people around you, losing the sense of connection and engagement you once had. 10. Inner Emptiness: Feelings of emptiness and emotional numbness can set in as you become detached from your own emotions and experiences. 11. Depression: Prolonged burnout can lead to more severe emotional and psychological symptoms, including feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and despair. 12. Full Burnout Syndrome: At this point, you are experiencing complete burnout syndrome, characterised by a state of total exhaustion, reduced performance, and a deep sense of disillusionment. Physical symptoms like headaches, fatigue, and gastrointestinal issues may also manifest. Managing Burnout Symptoms:

  1. Recognise the Signs: Be aware of the stages of burnout and identify where you might be on that spectrum.

  2. Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family, or a professional coach to talk about your feelings and concerns.

  3. Set Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life to prevent excessive workload and stress.

  4. Practice Self-Care: Prioritise sleep, nutrition, exercise, and relaxation activities to recharge your physical and emotional well-being.

  5. Time Management: Organise your tasks, set realistic goals, and manage your time effectively to avoid overwhelming workloads.

  6. Mindfulness and Stress Reduction: Engage in mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, or other stress reduction techniques to manage stress and promote emotional well-being.

  7. Learn to Say No: Don't hesitate to decline additional tasks or responsibilities when you're already feeling overwhelmed.

  8. Reevaluate Goals: Adjust your goals and expectations to align with your current capabilities and resources.

  9. Take Breaks: Incorporate regular breaks into your work routine to rest and recharge throughout the day.

  10. Engage in Enjoyable Activities: Make time for hobbies and activities that bring you joy and help you disconnect from work-related stress.

  11. Professional Help: If burnout symptoms persist or worsen, consider seeking professional help from a therapist or coach who specialises in stress management and burnout.

Remember that managing burnout is a gradual process that requires self-awareness, patience, and consistent effort to prioritise your well-being and find a healthy balance between work and personal life.

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