How many times have you taken a day off, called out of work, skipped a fun night out because you weren’t just tired, you were done? Taking time for yourself, you thought “Great! Now I’ll be refreshed and ready to take on the world again!” only to find yourself running on fumes, short tempered and miserable days later? What you may be experiencing is burnout. It is a state defined as “emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” This can be stress from any arena- family, work, health, you name it. Going full speed, a tumultuous relationship, starting a business in a rocky financial environment, and and all of it can cause you to not only be exhausted. Rather than being seen as a badge of honor, that perceived exhaustion is actually a much more serious state taking a toll on your mind, body and spirit, not to mention your friends, family and those you interact with in big and small ways.
Before we burnout, we want to change our patterns.
We do not want to glorify working til we crash.
We intent to be aware of burnout.
You too? Here are 3 things to help you combat burnout:
- These signs that you might be facing burnout in a real way, from Psychology Today
In a culture where we glorify “pushing through”, many of are unknowingly suffering from the effects of burnout and it is no short-term situation. May of us have descended into a new normal that involves meltdowns, exhaustion and a myriad of other symptoms to struggle through. Never considered burnout? Here are signs that it may be happening to you!
- This guide on the difference between stress and burnout from HelpGuide.org
Is it all the same? Will a little stress kill you? Before you run from every indication of pressure, take a moment to learn the difference between stress (which can be okay) and burnout (which is when you’re completely out of steam).
- These 7 way to overcome burnout, from Forbes
If you’ve determined that burnout is kicking your butt, what next? Does it mean quitting everything? Leaving everything behind? A dead stop? It doesn’t have to. Before you get to that place, we loved these 7 recommendations for warning signs of oncoming exhaustion along with ways to beat them.