Busy, Busy, Burnout!
When someone asks you how you are or what’s new, you might answer quickly with “I’m so busy!” It has definitely replaced go-to language such as “I’m good” or “life is moving right along.”
But while being busy is a good thing, cramming too much into our daily lives can create added stress, which can lead to memory, attention, and emotional problems. When it all becomes too much, we burn out.
What causes burnout?
The World Health Organization officially defined burnout as an occupational “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” But burnout doesn’t have to be just from work, it can be caused by other situations which create stress such as family commitments and issues, caregiving, existing health problems, over-committing on activities and many other factors.
What are some of the signs of burnout?
Burnout is a reaction to prolonged or chronic stress that can lead to exhaustion and other mental and physical reactions. Some of the signs include:
- Extreme tiredness
- Lack of focus
- Anxiety and stress
- Unable to cope
- Stomach or intestinal issues
- Hopeless feeling
- Inability to reason or make sense of things
How can I stop or prevent burnout from happening?
- If it’s work related, have a talk with your boss or human resources manager
- Find support in friends, family, colleagues, or others
- Exercise regularly – take a walk or a bike ride, go to the gym
- Be sure you’re getting enough sleep
- Practice mindfulness
- Take a vacation
- Add a hobby if you have time
- Get check-ups and see a doctor if you are not feeling well physically
- Ask family or friends to help you with chores or other tasks that might be causing stress
Where can I go for help?
An individual who is feeling burned out may need to make some changes. If you are experiencing burnout and you're having difficulty finding ways to recover from it, a mental health professional can help. They can provide you with strategies you need to feel your best. Clinicians in our Counseling & Wellness Centers can help you work towards setting goals to eliminate burnout. Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632) for more information.