Burn Out Syndrome
Feeling exhausted all the time? Lack of concentration and low energy levels? Well, you might be suffering from a burnout syndrome!
Usually, high achievers and ” I can do all” personalities have the “pleasure” of burnout sufferings. It is SO health hazardous road to take, they don’t even know it.
Achievers are passionate about everything they do, and they usually ignore the fact that they are working exceptionally long hours during the day.
They bare heavy work loads, and put enormous pressure on themselves to succeed ,and they are not being aware they eventually might collapse from an exhaustion.
What Does It Mean-Burnout?
Burnout is defined as being a state of chronic stress that might lead to:
- Emotional and physical exhaustion
- Feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment
When you put yourself in this state, you are no longer able to function effectively both on a personal and professional level. Burnout doesn’t happen suddenly. You don’t wake up one morning and all of a sudden “have burnout syndrome”. It is getting to you slowly without even noticing it. And when you do – it is often too late. You got it!
The Signs Of Burnout
The signs of burnout are divided into three areas. Each of them has it’s characteristics that you can recognize.The difference between stress and burnout is a matter of few degrees. If you can recognize the signs earlier(on time)then, there is a possibility to avoid this unpleasant condition.
Emotional And Physical Exhaustion
In the early stages, you may feel lack energy and tiredness most of the time. In later stages, you might feel physically and emotionally exhausted, drained, and you may feel fear what a new day will bring along.
Lack Of Concentration
Lack of focus and mild forgetfulness are early signs. Later, the problems may get to the point where you can’t get your work done and everything begins to pile up. Then anxiety will follow for not being capable of finishing work.
Physical symptoms may include:
- chest pain
- heart palpitations
- shortness of breath
- gastrointestinal pain
In the early stages, you may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for one,or even two nights a week. In the later stages, insomnia may turn into a persistent- not having sleep.The more exhausted you are, the less are chances to fall asleep.
Having this condition for a longer period of time, results with a weak immune system, making you more vulnerable to infections, colds, flu, and other immune-related medical problems.
Loss Of Appetite
In the early stages, you may not feel the hunger, and you may start skipping a few meals. In the later stages, you may lose your appetite all together, and begin to lose a significant amount of weight.
As you move closer to burnout, the anxiety may become so serious that it interferes your ability to work productively and may cause problems both in your personal life and professional life.
Signs Of Detachment
It sneaks into your everyday life as way of not trusting anyone. At it is going to get worse, this may change the way you feel about yourself, coworkers and family members.
Loss Of Enjoyment
Loss of enjoyment may extend to all areas of your life, including the time you spend with your family and friends. At work, you may try to avoid projects and figure out ways to escape work all together. You no longer enjoy your work.
In the early stages, this may seem like small resistance to socializing. In the latter stages, anger will be your general feeling you have, which can result as avoiding situations for communicating.
Detachment is a general sense of feeling disconnected from yourself, others, or from your environment. It can take the form of isolation behaviors, and result in removing yourself emotionally and physically from your job and other responsibilities. You may call in sick often, stop returning calls and emails, or regularly come in late.
Lack Of Accomplishment
Feelings Of Apathy And Hopelessness
This is similar as depression and pessimism described. It presents as a general sense that nothing is going right or nothing matters. As the symptoms worsen, these feelings may become paralyzing, saying to yourself -“what’s the point?”
Irritability often bring feelings of being ineffective, unimportant, useless, and having an increased sense that you’re not able to do things as efficiently, or effectively as you once did.
In the early stages, this can interfere in personal and professional relationships. At it is getting worse, it can destroy both relationship and careers.
Lack Of Productivity And Poor Performance
Long term chronic stress prevents you being as productive as you once were, which can result in incomplete projects finished. It seems like you are going backwards all the time.
At The End
If you’re not experiencing any of these problems, GREAT !
However, you should keep these warning signs in mind, remembering that burnout is so sneaky, that can come into your life un-invited.
If you DO experience some of these symptoms, this should be a wake-up call for you, that you may be on a dangerous path.
Take some time to de-stress, and find ways to reduce it before it’s too late. Burnout doesn’t go away after a few weeks unless you make some changes in your life.
And as hard as that may seems, the smartest thing to do is to SLOW DOWN a bit and finish the race you’ve started BUT with NO consequences upon your health!