Burnout or adrenal exhaustion cannot be defined in a simple way because it affects so many aspects of an individual’s life, burnout affects us physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
One of the first physical symptoms of burnout is fatigue and lack of energy. You may find it hard to focus and concentrate on work, duties, study.. Emotionally, the loss of dreams and expectations can result in feelings of helplessness and depression. In the social realm, isolation overtakes feeling of involvement, and spiritually, the person experiencing burnout may feel a lack of meaning, purpose and enthusiasm for life. Basically a lack of motivation and “Get Up and Go”
According to a recent study, one in three people suffer from burnout and I can vouch for this as I treat it everyday through kinesiology treatments. 14% of the American work force quit or changed jobs due to job stress. How can you avoid becoming one of the burnout statistics?
First, recognize the warning signs:
– feelings of frustration and never being caught up, Sleepless nights, restless legs
– a feeling of lack of control about how to do your job or what goes on in the workplace and at home trying to juggle everything\
– emotional outbursts, mood swings, highs and lows in energy or in bad form for no real reason.
– withdrawal and isolation, feeling of being fedup
– dread of going to work
– frequent sickness or health problems and lowered immunity, headaches, back ache, neck tension, detox problems, weight gain, increased sensitivities to foods.
– increased use of alcohol, drugs or food consumption
Taking a few days off or a vacation to your dream island won’t treat the burnout. Neither will simply leaving one job for another. Burnout has more to do with attitudes, work styles, lifestyles ,behaviors and stress release.
How to Avoid Burnout
Drink plenty of water and reduce intake of coffee, sugar, cigarettes and other stimulants,
Seek a balanced and well-structured lifestyle. Avoid boredom and overdoing things. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and assistance, prioritise things, if it does not need doing urgently why stress yourself by doing it now. Instead take a little ‘me time’ out for you, get to bed early and get a lie in at the weekends wherever possible. Determine what’s important to you and create a lifestyle that embraces and supports you.