BURNOUT; WHAT IS IT & HOW TO PREVENT IT?
I came across a girlboss article the other day regarding burnout. Now if you are like me and haven't heard this term before, burnout is defined as a mental and/or physical collapse caused by overwork or stress.
I got intrigued by this, so I looked more into it and found this article from Psychology Today. There are different types of symptoms that can appear. These are:
- Physical and emotional exhaustion (i.e. insomnia, fatigue, impaired concentration, heart palpitations etc.)
- Cynicism and detachment (i.e. loss of enjoyment, pessimism, detachment, etc.)
- Feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment (i.e. increased irritability, lack of productivity, etc.)
The intensity of the symptoms is, of course, dependent on how close to burnout you are. In my case, I've been experiencing an increased amount of fatigue and irritability, and I've also gotten very forgetful, which is very out of character for me. One particular issue I've been having for the past couple of months has been digestive problems, more specifically, I've been experiencing heartburn.
I didn't connect heartburn and other physical symptoms and being burned out together, and I was really exasperated because I couldn't figure out why I was experiencing what I did, and what was causing it. This also applied for anxiety and very increased irritability (sorry to my sis, I've been a witch). Lastly, I've also been noticing my lack of engagement in social settings, mainly when I wanted to go to bed than go out, e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y.
I'm not really one to google my symptoms, but it was surprising to see the symptoms after googling burnout and be like "oh! I actually experience that". So I decided maybe I should talk about it on the blog in case you've been on the same boat as I, and share what I've been doing to help myself lately.
Here's a list of 7 things I find helpful when I feel the symptoms of burnout creeping up on me:
1. Make yourself a cup of tea
2. Stay in bed that extra minute if you need to
3. Try to eat something for every meal even if you don't feel like eating - you need the nutrients
4. Meditate - I've been using Headspace and so far it's been good, especially if you're struggling to sleep, I do it every night before bed and fall asleep easier (ps. sharing a coupon code at the end off this post for $23 off the 1-YEAR subsription)
5. Watch Friends - Nothing makes me feel better than watching Friends in my bed. I remember growing up hearing my mom and aunt make a bunch of references to the show, and felt so happy when I grew up and started watching it myself and understanding it all
6. Hang out with friends little by little - Sometimes all you need is to be in each others' presence. But take your time and remember to have quality time with yourself as well
7. Spread work out evenly - Do what you need to do little by little, don't make it bundle up and overwhelm yourself
That's it for me. I hope some of the tips helped, and as I mentioned above, I found a coupon code for the YEAR-subscription at Headspace which I personally used when I bought the one-year subscription. Just type in CALMAGAIN when you're signing up and enjoy 3 months off (worth $23). Disclaimer: I'm not sponsored, although I wish I was because Headspace is amazing.
Let me know if you have experienced a burnout before, and what you do to feel better.
Much love, Ellen