How to avoid becoming BURNT-OUT !
You can easily spot if you are "Burnt-out" when it becomes difficult to maintain consistency in daily endeavors. There are physical, mental and emotional stressors that can immensely impact your performance and personal life. Being "burnt out" means exactly what the phrase suggests; defined by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger as "becoming exhausted by making excessive demands on energy, strength, or resources."
A person who may relate to this statement can experience being burnt out in stages :
1.The HoneyMoon Phase (sustained energy level)
Showing up everyday motivated, creative and ready to impress!
2.Onset of Stress (symptoms)
Maintaining a daily routine becomes difficult;
-Procrastinating decision making
-Lack of focus
-Decreased social interactions
3. Chronic Stress (from motivation to incredible stress daily)
Symptoms begin to worsen and affect other areas of your life
-Decreased interest in your hobbies
-Increase of escapist activities
-Increase of alcohol & drug consumption
At this stage it is recommended you speak to someone as your symptoms have become critical. You may be experiencing behavioral changes, self-doubt, self-isolation & a pessimistic perspective.
5.Habitual Burnout (Long-Term result of unmanaged stress)
At this stage you have accustomed yourself to survive the experience of burnt-out but continuing stressors are likely to cause and develop serious ongoing emotional, physical and mental conditions.
The Recovery Key:
Awareness of stressors + Consistent short goals + Self Reflection = Positive Perspective & Control !
Making changes can seem very difficult to accomplish when you are in a burnt-out state, however simple adjustments to your daily routine can decrease your stress significantly. Here are some tips to stay balanced:
1. Allow yourself 8 hours of sleep each night.
2. Make sure you are keeping yourself hydrated.
3. overcome feeling overwhelmed often by planning your day ahead of time.
4. Speak to someone you trust.
5. Set aside time at the end of your day for reflection.