I am sure like many of us, you have heard the term ‘burnout’ used to describe people who are going through a very stressful time, whether that be at work, at home, with family and friends or in relationships, but what does burnout really mean and how can you avoid it?
What is burnout?
Burnout is used to describe someone who has been experiencing a prolonged period of stress – you may feel like you have hit rock bottom. You are lacking in motivation, feel tired all the time no matter how much sleep you get. You may feel very moody and snappy towards family and friends. Burnout can also manifest itself through physical symptoms, including weight gain, cold and flu like symptoms and general body aches and pains.
The signs of burnout to be aware of include:
- Escape Fantasies
- Frequent Illness
Managing and preventing burnout
Experiencing burnout is preventable by following some very simple steps and by making some changes to your lifestyle managing the signs of burnout will be a lot easier.
- Exercise – Not only is exercise great for our physical health, but it really can help give us an emotional boost as well.
- Eat Well – By eating a healthy diet packed full of foods rich in omega 3 including flaxseed oil, walnuts and fish can help to boost your mood.
- Sleep Well – Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to being productive and feeling well. Avoiding caffeine just before bed and banning technology from the bedroom can all help to create a more calming evening routine and promote rest and relaxation.
- Self-Care Matters – Take some time out for yourself. Have a pampering bath, read a good book, listen to a podcast, meet a friend for coffee. Whatever it is that gives you a bit of time out.
- Accept your Feelings – Journaling is a really good way of processing your feelings and emotions and making sense of how you are feeling. If journaling isn’t your thing, talk to a friend who you can vent to without judgment.
- Ask For Help – If you are really struggling, never be afraid to ask for help – that could be family and friends or even professional help from your GP.
Unfortunately, managing stress is part of our everyday lives, but dealing with burnout can be avoided by making sure self-care is a part of your everyday routine. Small things, such as going for a walk, going to the gym, talking to a friend and good sleep can all help to stop stress from turning into something more serious like burnout.