It’s kind of obvious once you have hit burnout. The overwhelming feelings of exhaustion, the lack of motivation, doubts of whether you should even be at your job. We have all had them from time to time but, if you are not there yet, perhaps the symptoms aren’t as obvious. This could be an a-ha moment for some.
You may think, how can someone not know they are burnt out??!! If you are chasing the 9-5 train everyday, coping with kids and family life and just trying to get it all done, chances are you’re living off of adrenaline and you just haven’t stopped for a second to realize “How the heck did I get here??!!”
So what is burnout? Burnout is the result of too much stress either from your job, a life situation, or even your personality. In the simplest of terms, burnout is absolute exhaustion, physical, mental, and emotional. Primarily when we talk burnout, we are referring to our adrenals burning out. These are glands that produce a variety of hormones in our body, including adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormone). They are found above the kidneys and can display a collection of symptoms that affect your quality of life if not treated.
Watch this short video from Dr. Josh Axe on “How to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue”.
It can cause you to be much less effective at work, less happy at home, and if left unchecked could cause you serious health complications. Oh sister, that isn’t good! Burnout can leave you anxious, depressed, unmotivated, and ineffective.
Have some of those symptoms crept up on you lately? Do you find that you are more negative than normal, tossing a who gives a crumb attitude to all you encounter in a day? Most importantly, have you lost sight of you? That beautiful woman that could handle it all and look on point all day long is now grasping at straws just to be valued?
My heart breaks for those of you going through this fire right now. It stings deeply as I know, with life, everything flows but sometimes the flow stops and the water gets very murky and stagnant. Sometimes focusing on God…..or whatever religion you follow, is just what the doctor ordered. If you are willing, here is an absolutely wonderful chance to get calm and focus on someone else…our whole world in fact! It’s the best 20 minutes you will spend.
SO, without further adieu, let’s harness some positivity and help you get your glow back. Here are some things you can do to change your course and set your sails a new.
If you are beginning to experience any of the symptoms of burnout, consider reassessing your interests, skills, and passions and compare against current options. If you have good options, to move within your company or career path, these changes will be the easiest to make and cause the least amount of stress. Identify and manage your stressors as best as you can.
Another thing you can do to lessen the effects of burnout on your health and your life is keep your own attitude in check. Find gratitude and enjoyment in your job and life, it could be your lunch break or the drive home. Just find something you can enjoy and look forward to through your day so it doesn’t feel like the deep dark hole. Making a conscious effort to change your attitude may buy you the time to make a change.
Reach out and gather support around you. Friends, family, co-workers, HR, and professional help can all help you through the difficulties associated with burnout and decrease symptoms like depression that make the experience so much worse.
Lastly, take time for self-care. It isn’t selfish. Getting the time to relax, sleep, and exercise can be vital to curbing burnout before it starts. The required amount of sleep, 7-8 hours a night, can nip exhaustion in the bud and help your concentration. Exercise decreases pain and releases dopamine and serotonin to decrease depression and anxiety.
So make today the day you get proactive about your mental health today, because this is really what it boils down to.
There is also the side of supplements that you can take to help with burnout but that’s another entire blog post for another time. I’d love to chat with you about them so hit reply and let’s connect!
I’ve been seeing so much of this lately in my practice as well as within my circle of friends and family.
We desperately need our lives to slow down and take a breath. To focus on what matters.