Burnout is more common now than ever before because we are living in an era of doing everything! We are connected to things all of the time and rarely truly take a break from the things that bog us down. IOME's trained supporter, Mackenzie, is here to share with you what the signs of burnout look like and how you know you have truly reached your limits.
"How often do you dread the day when your alarm goes off in the morning? Do you feel tired, bored, or detached from the things you do at work or at home? Are you quick to anger or noticing that you have a shorter fuse than normal? Do you feel exhausted, hopeless, or are you spending more time “checking out” of life with screens?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be nearing burnout. Burnout is the slow and sneaky process where you react to stress at work in a way that negatively impacts your health, mental well being, and ability to find joy and meaning in life at work and at home. It can happen to anyone who experiences stress on a regular basis.
There are several symptoms that can point to burnout, and it’s important to be aware of them.
Some symptoms are associated with work: having a negative attitude toward your job, feeling less capable in your work, feeling like you could never do enough, having trouble feeling creative and thoughtful.
Some symptoms are associated with life outside of work: feeling exhausted, physically ill, and hopeless, having trouble showing up for your friends and family when they need you, struggling to deal with crisis as it happens, and feeling cynical or unable to empathize with others like you used to.
If you notice some of these experiences in your own life, it’s important to take a moment and be mindful of what’s going on for you. Signs of burnout can be a good reminder to take care of yourself and prioritize yourself so that you can take care of others in your life and your other responsibilities. It’s your brain and body’s way of letting you know that you’re still important and that noticing these experiences gives you permission to do something about them.
Burnout can also indicate that it’s time to take stock of your life and see if you’re on the right path. Some important questions to ask yourself include: Are you spending your time how you’d like? Where are you putting your energy? How can you re-center and focus on your goals?
Most importantly, remind yourself that signs of burnout indicate that a change is needed: it’s time to work toward lowering the water-line so you feel like you’re swimming and thriving instead of just surviving. You are going to be okay, and you’ve got our support.
If you are interested in learning more about your signs of burnout and how to cope with it, click below for a free consultation with me!
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If you're not sure if you're experiencing burn out (or something else)- reach out! IOME has multiple trained supporters that can offer you mental health therapy to help!
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