Burnout has many symptoms and is a sign that you have physically, mentally and emotionally depleted your internal resources. I was recently interviewed on Women In Business Radio by the fantastic Sian Murray (Full interview here.) So, I thought I'd discuss some of the main parts here.
Some key symptoms include:
If you do recognise these symptoms first seek professional medical help as you may need additional support including medical treatment or counselling. )
Also know that this is a normal, human reaction to your body experiencing stress over a prolonged time without you listening to the many action signals you’ve been sending to yourself, but ignoring them or masking them. Burnout is simply the body saying enough is enough.
When we are stressed adrenaline and cortisol flood the body to support us in order to respond to the perceived danger the brain is signalling to us. Except these days it’s impending client deadlines, school bag administration, parental carer responsibilities and the million and one things you feel you should be doing, not a sabre toothed tiger attacking you. Burnout is a physical response to long term stress and it’s an opportunity to ask yourself, ‘What am I doing and why?’
Now, the problem with burnout is once we address it and start to work out of it, it leaves a mental and emotional marker in our brain that means that it can, if we let it, affect our performance and our energy long term. You see as soon as you feel that overwhelm feeling your amygdala will send the message that you are in danger of going into burnout again and consequently it will affect your confidence and your ability to make decisions in your next level energy.
Don’t be alarmed though it can also be helpful as it will lower your tolerance for getting involved in other people’s nonsense, pleasing everyone else and not yourself, so there is always a silver lining.
Here are a few key lessons from someone who’s burnt out and bounced back. READ ON......