If you've felt a constant fatigue, or irritation with life lately, you may be one of the hordes of people experiencing burnout. This is not permanent - it is a sign of our times. Here are some ideas to help you reset. First...
What is burnout?
Dr. Lotte Dyrbye, a Mayo Clinic physician scientist who studies burnout, defines it not as a medical condition, but a “manifestation of chronic unmitigated stress.”
That means total engulfing stress that doesn’t stop. The demands on you are greater than the resources you have. It’s not just a bad day or bad week, it’s like every day is flat. The gas tank is empty. It’s easier to recognize burnout in a job situation, but chronic stress can have many reasons: relationship issues, financial worries, incessant caregiving duties – all these can wear a person down. We are not wired for nonstop stress.
The World Health Organization describes 3 symptoms: exhaustion, cynicism and reduced efficacy.
So, what are the clues?
This shows up:
1. In the body as insomnia – can’t sleep at night
2. Physical and emotional exhaustion – feeling drained all the time, and just doing what you need to get by, even if you’re usually a leader in what you do.
3. Headaches, stomach aches
4. Craving comfort food, or just too tired to eat
5. Feeling anxious, irritable, cynical, resigned, no enthusiasm for anything; what used to excite you just doesn’t anymore.
So what can we do: 6 ways of moving from burnout to growth, and if you are really interested in moving faster into growth, we have developed curated resources including a fun 7 day growth challenge on Patreon. There’s a different topic every month to support you in a more personal way. Learn more at patreon.com/projecthappiness.
Tips For Burnout:
Don’t expect more self-care to fix it. This situation needs both a change in attitude and a change in the situation.
Burnout is a message that you body and mind feel trapped and want to grow. Listen to it, make some changes, speak to friends or a therapist, and find something to look forward to. With increased awareness so that you can face this head on and you will find yourself back in the driver’s seat of your life.
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