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Burnout

"Warning sign, warning sign, I see it but I pay it no mind."
~ Talking Heads

Burning Rose

Extinguish burnout and rekindle anew

Burnout can result from an accumulation of long-term stress that has accumulated anywhere from 3 months to years.  Most link this with the workplace, but the long-term stress can come from a combination of areas in your life:  family pressures and obligations, looming deadlines on highly visible at work, a demanding partner.  It isn't' always all about work.

 

The duration is so long that the nervous system becomes slightly acclimatised to being in a state of constant stress.  Whilst this potentially sounds like it may be a positive thing (I’m sure I can hear *someone* thinking ‘yeah, we’re humans, we adapt. That’s a good thing….’), in this case the body is struggling to cope.  That tension is just building within the body, hormones like cortisol are pumping at higher levels and it’s taking a long-term toll on your body.  If you are, or are approaching burnout, you are probably seeing these warning signs:

  • Feelings of lethargy, exhaustion, unmotivated, and/or empty

  • Sleep issues.  (i.e. trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep and generally not being able to get 7-8 hours/night)

  • Increased irritability, moodiness, frustration, and perhaps resentful of friends and family making demands on your time

  • Body tension, joint pain, headaches (tension is often carried across the shoulders, neck and jaw)

  • Weight fluctuation.  (Some are impacted by the one-two punch of accumulated stress and lack of sleep that often leads on to comfort and/or stress eating).

 

Modern living and technology is putting a lot of demand on us.  We weren’t meant or built to live like we’re running back-to-back marathons.  If you aren’t heeding the warning signs to slow down, eventually your body will force the issue.

I’d love to help you (re)evaluate what you’re doing, where you’re spending your time and the value you get from it.  Is this really the life you imagined yourself living?  No?  Let’s have you explore making some changes. In parallel, I’d teach you practical techniques to destress.  Your body will thank you!

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