Are You Feeling More Stress Out Than You realize – May Be Signs Of Burning Out
Stress is a part and parcel of busy lives nowadays. In modern days almost all person more or less is suffering from stress ie. one in four people in the workforce feels stressed, but when our stress levels hit the roof, we find ourselves in a state of a very high stress then it is called burning out.
Burning out is a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion which results from continual high stress and heavy workloads.
Burnout is not always as simple as tiredness, or declining performance at work, or a low mood. On the contrary, you may even go through your daily tasks without feeling tired.
Burning out may show some of these signs, like —
- Burning out has a huge negative impact on your physical and mental health.
- When you are in a stressful situation your body produces higher levels of the hormone ie. Cortisol and it tends to weaken the function of your immune system. So when you are more stressed, you fall sick too often.
- If you reduced the sense of appetite and then slowly a complete loss of hunger are symptoms of burn out.
- Symptoms that feel like you always have the flu too often, sleep deprivation, constant backaches, headaches and insomnia then these are the extreme signs of burnout, and should not be ignored.
Feeling detached and lonely:
- If you are burning out, you don’t pay attention to our inner selves, then you lose the connection with yourselves also.
- You start to withdraw socially, do not feel like hanging out with people anymore.
- Getting upset and irritated easily, and would rather isolate yourself from everybody.
- You may even begin to resent social invitations or family activities, avoiding them, as you are desperately needed free time.
- Stress impacts on cognitive functions of your body.
- Your cognitive functioning gets extremely ruined because of extreme stress as an instance loss of memory, you start to forget important things, get distracted by anything, poor decision-making abilities, less emotional control.
- Burn out can occur generally when you’re not in control of how you carry out your job and when you’re working toward a goal that you won’t enjoy, and you lack mental and social support.
- Stress makes you confused minded and you are unable to concentrate or focus on anything.
- It takes hours for you to get through a once simple task, making silly mistakes, making poor decisions.
- There’s something always wrong in your work then you are likely burning out.
A difficulty with work and personal relationships:
- You may feel very exhausted that you can not find the energy to socialize like you used to do.
- You are feeling inadequate or insignificant at work, which may lead you to be more irritable with your friends, colleagues, and family.
- Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms of burnout.
- You may find yourself worrying about things more or just feeling a little tense almost all the time.
- You are more irritable all the time for no reason.
- You don’t care about yourself anymore.
- When you’re always feeling very low about everything in your life,
- You lose interest to dress up or keep up appearances like you used to, and your weight also imbalances, all of this will give a bigger impact to your self-confidence.
- Buring out leads exhaustion to your mind and body leads to fatigue.
- Feeling tired, sleepy and find difficulty staying awake at work.
- Waking up with no energy, not feeling the freshness in the morning, drinking large amounts of caffeine to get you through the day.
- Your emotions are hugely affected when you’re in a state of burn out, and it results in you not responding well to anything you used to do before.
- You don’t tend to be as happy with the things that used to make you smile.
Taking your work home with you:
- Usually, you are overworked and stressed, you typically do not have enough time for your friends and family.
- You may stay at work late, bring work home with you, work on the weekend, cutting down your available time.
- You can’t stop thinking about work when you’re at home is a strong sign that you are burning out.
Managing Burnout —
If you find many of these signs in you then don’t worry. Preventing burnout is a simple matter of self-care. The following will help you to prevent burn out.
Lean on your support system:
- One of the ways to heal burn out and get back to normal life is to deliberately spend time with friends and family, primarily with people who give you positive energy.
- Spending time with people who care about you helps you to remove yourself from the stresses of work.
- Sympathetic family and friends are capable of helping you.
- You experience stress on a daily basis because of being too disorganized to handle the work effectively.
- When you take the time to get organized, the load feels much lighter.
Take regular breaks during the workday:
- Keep a relaxing schedule ensures you most productive.
- You work best between a half hour to an hour, followed by 15-minute breaks. So if you missed it then your productivity and fatigued yourself unnecessarily.
Stay away from electronic gadgets :
- You need good ways to separate yourself from your work so that you can recharge and find balance.
- Disconnecting is the most important burnout strategy, try to remove yourself electronically for a while.
Pay attention to your body signals:
- Learn to pay attention to your body’s signals so that you can overcome burnout.
- Your body is always talking, but you have to listen to it.
- Sometimes, aches and pains are an accumulation of stress and anxiety.
Schedule relaxation time:
- It’s just as important to plan out your relaxation time.
- Scheduling relaxation activities like doing yoga, meditation for 30 minutes, even read books for 30 minutes, benefits you greatly.
Stay away from sleeping pills:
- You need adequate, quality sleep to avoid burnout. Because when you sleep and your brain removes harmful toxins.
- But avoid sleeping pills because substances present in sleeping pills greatly disrupt your brain’s natural sleep process.
Burnout affects you both physically, and mentally. Everything from the common cold to cancer can be triggered by high stress that we do nothing to curb.
It is important to be aware that when you get really stressed or our lives get the way of balance, your natural tendency to withdraw and spend less time with other people. But when you are feeling stressed and unbalanced, time with others(full of laughter, conversation, sharing and support) is just what your mind and body needs.