Those moments of having your brain fog up, and you feel your passion running dry like a tap in the middle of a dessert – these are all too familiar emotions that many of us have gone through. Feeling overwhelmed and overworked is not the result of one fine day, but a domino effect that was started time ago – the result of denying and not giving yourself enough is what you are seeing right now.
Again, this feeling of ‘burning out’ is different. If you are someone who experiences a lot of stress and is not taking solid steps towards stopping and curbing it, then the time may come sooner. You feel yourself looking hard for the motivation and the feeling to just ‘not care’ settles in. Your enthusiasm trickles to a stop eventually…
Since burnout, is something that happens gradually there are quite a lot of symptoms or triggers that are signaling the impending burnout – many of us don’t pay heed to it, and it comes to bite us back later.
Recognizing The Signs Of A Burnout
The signs of burnout are very much noticeable. You needn’t even require a fine eye to be able to see the trail. Here are some of them:
- Losing motivation or sight of one’s goals and ambitions
- Forgetfulness and inability to devote your 100% attention and focus to the work at hand
- Inability to be present at the moment and maintain relationships
- Easily irritable and a short-fuse
- Lethargy, insomnia, muscle tension all for no reason
The field in which you work has to do a lot with how quick you burnout. Say, if you are in a high-pressure environment then it settles in quicker like healthcare. There are far-reaching implications of feeling burnout and taking corrective action is the key to maintaining a long, contented work streak. Here are some of the impacts:
- Your work performance hits the ground – it is at an all-time low
- The risk of cardiovascular diseases is dialed up with a higher risk of depression, type 2 diabetes, and suicidal tendencies
- You are unable to relax outside of work and are unable to commit to enjoying hobbies
Taking action, and taking it quick is the beginning of the road to recovery.
What You Can Do
Figure Out Your Triggers
It is difficult to make changes especially when you don’t know what it is that you wish to change. Explore the contributing factors that are ticking your ‘burnout’ and then you can aim towards mitigating or reducing the factors and the role they play.
Burnout is common to professional and job triggers, but it doesn’t have to be limited to just that. It can also be because of:
- Dealing with relationship issues, especially that is tiring you with no solution in sight
- Having to take care of someone with a chronic health condition
- Academic rigor
Figure Out The Immediate Changes You Can Make
There are several things you can do to lighten the load right away. Are you juggling with 2 or maybe 3 different projects that are keeping you work hours on end, week after week, and keeping you tired and dull? Those who strive to succeed in their terms are often tempted to reduce the time to reach their goals – this can be a killer and backfire in plenty of ways. A better approach would be to realize that doing it all, that too at the same time, will be detrimental for you. Ask your higher-up to reassign a particular project or simply add someone else to the team who can lighten your load.
Are you brimming with anxiety over not being able to meet up the expectations of those around you? Learn to let go of these people. Simply reschedule to another day, if you find yourself pressed for time. Packing on more tasks will only fill up your plate, even though your stomach is filled. Evaluate your existing commitments and reschedule. The immediate relief that you get, may come across as astonishment for you!
Pay Attention To Your Needs
Health and wellness start with you! Take charge of your emotional and physical needs – this will help you recover from the burnout. You know the importance of health and wellness, the next step is to practice self-care and setting in boundaries of what you can do at the moment, and what you can’t. Here are some ways for you to start the self-healing journey:
- Take the time to get good sleep
- Get some exercise daily
- Eat good food and stay hydrated
- Spend time with your loved ones and keep the phone on silent
- Give yourself some alone time – it is important too
Everything gets better over time. The only thing for you to do is to love yourself more and spoil yourself every week. After all, You deserve the best of yourself.