Burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion which leaves you feeling at rock bottom, alone and unable to cope.
It is utterly miserable because it’s much more than just feeling tired all the time. You feel hopeless, empty and isolated to the extent that you can lose all interest in life – you just don’t have the energy for it. Your performance is seriously impeded because you struggle to function. It’s become a permanent mental and physical state with major consequences for your health and vitality.
Why does burnout happen? Well, it’s important to say that it can happen to the best of us. Especially the ones that are driven to succeed. People who go the extra mile. Who throw everything they have at life and career. It can certainly affect those people who want it all.
Being so driven leaves you stuck in ‘always doing’ mode leaving no time for recovery and rebalance. It comes from over activating the adrenal glands, part of our hormone system that produce a variety of hormones to activate the ‘fight or flight response’. Burnout comes from being stuck in stress-mode.
Although you may feel that your only choice is to go with it, if you don’t take better care of yourself, all this pressure increases your susceptibility to burnout.
Consider the following:
- Do you feel exhausted most of the time?
- Are you losing your passion for work and life?
- Are you finding yourself overwhelmed by even the simplest of tasks?
- Do you struggle to pull yourself together when you wake in the morning?
- Do you often feel tearful and unable to cope?
If you have answered Yes to any of these, you may be on the verge of burnout, or sadly, even there.
The good news is you can do something about it. Now is time to take stock and put some new practices if place that will create change.
Here are a few Top Tips or for more on burnout, including case studies, questionnaires and exercises order my Amazon bestseller, ‘How to Prevent Burnout’.
My 3 Top Tips to Prevent Burnout
Tip 1: Be mindful of your physical, mental and emotional being.
Listen to what your body is telling you and take regular health checks.
Tip 2: Identify the source of your stress and address it as a priority.
If that’s difficult, keep a stress diary and learn what your triggers are.
Tip 3: Take time to switch off and recover.
Being stuck in ‘always-on’ is a sure way to burnout.