Let’s face it!
On a “normal” day, the day-to-day events in our lives could cause us to experience exhaustion, stress, fatigue, etc. However, because of the current state of the country, I’m pretty sure many of us are struggling with feeling like our best selves. The national lockdowns in the recent past and job loss among Americans due to a pandemic while trying to navigate our personal lives can definitely make us suffer with feeling burnout.
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. In some cases, we can even experience lack of motivation and cause us to feel helpless, hopeless, and resentful.
Here’s a breakdown of the common signs and symptoms:
Headaches– A lingering headache is a common symptom when dealing with burnout. Much of our stress comes from a combination of being overworked, an unhealthy diet, lack of rest, and dehydration. Headaches could develop, as a result.
Exhaustion-When you have to force yourself to get out of bed, that is a clear sign of feeling burnout. Even the thought of having to work or put effort into something will make you physically sick.
Stress/anxiety– These are obvious signs of feeling burnout, particularly when it’s related to work.
Disregarding your needs– This often happens when one over-extends themselves instead of setting limits. The need to say no is necessary. Unfortunately, for some us who are “people pleasers”, or just simply cannot say NO, setting limits isn’t executed as often as they should.
Insomnia/Disturbed sleep patterns– Having trouble falling or staying asleep, as well as a persistent feeling that you want to fall asleep but can’t can be quite agonizing. This can include feeling physical or emotional feelings of tiredness, exhaustion, being drained, or dreading the day or week ahead.
Isolation: The desire to spend time socializing is near non-existent to those experiencing burnout. Exhaustion and anxiety due to work overwhelms a person. As a result, making time for friends and family is not at the top of their priority list, if at all.
Methods that’ll combat burnout:
Set limitations/boundaries– Believe it or not, this could be applied to work as an employee. But in general, when you set boundaries and limits on your time, you’ll create more time to tend to your well-being. Saying no more is saying yes to your self-care. Setting boundaries is making people aware that you’re not gonna be always available. Setting limits allows you the time to recharge your physical body and emotional body. Remember…you’re no good to anyone or any project/work/etc. if you’re no good to yourself. Don’t let anyone or anything intrude on your personal downtime.
Stay hydrated– There’s nothing like a nice tall glass of H2O to keep you energized! Water simply regulates your body temperature and nourishes the parts of you that’ll help fuel you, giving you that boost you need throughout the day. Not to mention, water is good for circulation, curbs appetite, clears the skin, and flushes out toxins.
Sleep/rest more– Getting enough sleep/rest is essential for helping us maintain optimal health and well-being. Both are as vital as regular exercise and eating a balanced diet. Not only is sleep/rest linked to relieving symptoms of depression, it’s linked to our emotional and social intelligence.
Listen to your body– When we push ourselves far more than we’ve planned, we could actually do more damage to our minds and bodies. Take the time to meditate to calm the mind and exercise to strengthen the body.