Burnout can occur when you’re constantly exposed to stressful situations, this could be work, studying, friendships, relationships or just about anything that triggers your stress levels to spike. 📈
Burnout isn’t always the easiest to recognise in yourself, so we’ve written this article to help cover the reasons for burnout, signs of burnout and how to prevent it. If you are a carer and think you might be experiencing or wanting to prevent carer burnout, read this article.
What is burnout?
Burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion that can most likely take any joy out of your day-to-day life. It can also be described as severe stress and can make you feel like you have nothing left to give as well as dreading normal daily activities.
If burnout is left untreated, it can lead to serious psychological illnesses such as depression and physical illnesses such as heart disease. So here are some ways you can spot it. 🕵️
##Signs of burnout
– This is a state of extreme physical or mental tiredness 😴, it can show in ways such as chronic tiredness, headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness and even impaired decision making.
– This is a symptom that is easily cast aside as being ‘run down’ 🤒 but similar to symptoms of stress, burnout can actually lower your immune system meaning you’re more susceptible to illnesses such as common colds and the flu.
– Burnout can make you feel like you’re at the end of your tether. It’s common to find yourself lashing out at friends and family due to heightened irritability of everyday tasks.
– Like we’ve said, burnout affects everyday activities in both work and home life. Concentrating when you are suffering from burnout is difficult, mixed with mounting pressure, this can lead to reduced performance as well as a lack of motivation, compassion and creativity.
How to prevent burnout
Get good quality sleep
– Finding a way to have a good quality sleep is a common fix for a lot of physical and mental problems. Rest is essential for our general wellbeing 💤, so a bad sleep routine can lead to many problems. You can practice many things to have good quality sleep such as avoiding caffeine before bed ☕️, avoiding any screens an hour or two before bed 📱 and find the best way to wind down.
Take a break
– Sometimes, we all need a holiday. 🏖 But seriously, it’s important to take a break if you’re suffering from burnout, whether you travel somewhere or stay at home. Taking a break from your normal day-to-day tasks can help beat the burnout. If you know you’re susceptible to burnout, schedule regular breaks from work along with switching up your routine every now and again.
– Practising self-care is something that we should all prioritise in our daily routines. Whether it’s practising meditation 🧘 to reduce stress and centre yourself, or making sure you get to the gym three to four times a week 🏋️♂️, everyone’s definition of self-care is different. Make sure you find out what helps you care for yourself.
Reduce your workload
– Burnout due to a high workload is common. If you’re self-employed or an employee, assessing the situation and finding out how to go around being overworked. If you’re an employee, you could approach the human resources department and make it known to them. You should never feel silly for asking to reduce your workload when experiencing burnout.
– During hard times, it’s easy to alienate yourself from others but it’s important to reach out for help. Have a check-in with your friend or family member and tell them how you’re feeling, it might take some of the weight off your shoulders 👬. If you’re experiencing burnout and it’s difficult to get rid of, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.
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