Everyone experiences stress. It’s a perfectly normal response to not being able to cope with the demands of our day-to-day lives. But while it’s only human to feel stressed from time to time, continuous and chronic stress can lead to burning out — making us feel mentally exhausted, as well as devoid of care and motivation.
According to a study conducted by professional network Blind, a whopping 73% of Americans feel burnt out. This is due in part to the effects of the global health crisis, as more professionals feel that they have no separation between work and life, left with heavier workloads, and the fear that they may lose their jobs.
With that being said, here we’ll discuss the key signs of burning out and what you can do about it.
Telltale Signs of Burning Out
1. Detachment from work: Those who experience occupational burnout can develop a cynical view of their workload, work environment, and peers. As they feel frustrated and stressed with their jobs, they’re more likely to distance themselves from the people they work with and choose not to participate in work-related activities.
2. Emotional fatigue: Being burnt out can make people feel emotionally exhausted, numb, tired, and incapable of empathizing with others.
3. Physical manifestation: Burning out also has physical symptoms like headaches, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain, and gastrointestinal pain.
4. Decreased performance: Individuals who feel burnt out can feel less motivated to perform their best — whether it’s with their everyday tasks or fulfilling their obligations at work or school. Being burnt out can affect your mental capacity, leading to a lack of creativity and difficulty focusing on tasks.
Top Tips to Alleviate Burnout
Be Patient with Yourself
One of the most important ways you can take care of yourself is to be patient with yourself. Suzanne Rohan Jones, career counselor and an associate instructor at Maryville University’s online psychology degree program, highlights the importance of work-life balance, but says that it can look different from person to person, depending on what your schedule is and what kind of commitments you have. “Setting realistic expectations for the amount of time needed to successfully accomplish work activities when also juggling personal commitments will set the stage for more acceptance and less anxiety,” Jones told Thrive Global. By being patient with yourself, you can better manage your time and avoid stress.
If you’re feeling frazzled and nothing you do seems to take away your stress, maybe it’s time to look for relaxing solutions. For instance, you can try aromatherapy and harness the relaxing power of essential oils, like the ones from Young Living. Or, you can give yourself some extra pampering and enjoy a day at the spa.
But if you want something a little more intensive, you can treat yourself to a detoxifying treatment such as our Sunlighten 3-in-1 infrared sauna with music therapy, vibrational therapy, and chromotherapy to elevate your typical sauna experience while helping you detoxify, as well as improve your heart and skin health.
We also have the FDA-approved Biomat infrared therapy mat which delivers therapeutic far infrared rays and negative ions to restore your body. This results in a deep detox that enhances lymphatic flow, relieves stress, and improves the circulation in your body.
Find Your Sense of Purpose in Work and Life
Despite being a cliché, finding a sense of purpose with what you do is a really great way to tackle burnout at its root. Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and lecturer at Northeastern University, advises that in order to find purpose in work and life, you have to do plenty of self-reflection, discover your passions, and listen to other people. Finding your purpose is not an easy journey, and it’s totally okay to take it one step at a time. As you discover what drives and motivates you, you’ll soon find yourself on the route to self-love and living your best life.
Article specially written for livingwithlyme.us by Suzi Feldman
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