How to spot the signs of a burnout
Is every day feeling a little bit harder than the last? Are you constantly yawning at your desk or on your way to work? Does even the most simple task feel too hard? You might just be on the brink of burnout - a very common symptom of the intensely busy world we live in. Thankfully there are some strategies you can put in place and ways to help you spot if you are nearing your wits end.
So you are probably asking yourself what burnout feels like versus just a case of Monday blues - below are some signs you might be able to recognise that can help you ascertain if it’s time to tackle the issue head-on.
More prevalent in women who are suffering from burnout, this will be one of the first things you notice. Extreme exhaustion that has you struggling to get out of bed in the morning. Added to this, ironically it’s not uncommon to experience insomnia and a lack of being able to ‘switch off’ no matter how tired you are. A mind that won’t switch off from the daily grind can not only rob you of your sleep but also can leave you fretting about the small stuff and no matter how hard you try sleep won’t come to you.
Another side effect of burnout is a cynical outlook – you can be the happiest person on the planet and all of a sudden have a lack of interest in your day to day life and things seem “too hard” – the tiredness won’t help this either. You could also be feeling like you’re not doing a good enough job at anything. This again can hit women harder because they try to be everything to everyone and that can place a lot of pressure on anyone that lives in the busy world we all live in now.
So what can be done?
This is where it’s important to remember one thing – you are not alone! Burnout is an all too common conundrum for many but there is help at hand - below are some steps that may be able to lighten the mental load and help your body at the same time.
Talk to someone – you know the saying; a problem shared is a problem halved – well it’s all too true. Talking to a friend, therapist or even your doctor is a great way to get your feelings out and remind yourself you’re not doing it alone and that there is help available. It might even be a chick flick with your bestie and getting outside of your own thoughts that can make all the world of difference.
Get a full blood test – surprisingly many of us walk around each day lacking severely in iron and may need to have their iron stores supplemented. Tiredness and lethargy are common complaints from someone who is anaemic and this can easily be rectified with a visit to your local GP.
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It's okay to feel like you need to recharge - we are all only human
Food and diet - look to what you are putting in your body and while you might not want to hear it, reducing your alcohol intake will help you to approach each day with a clearer head. Alcohol can be a depressant so if you are already feeling run down, this will further exacerbate those feelings. Try to avoid foods that are high in refined sugar and starch, instead choosing to add lots of colourful, vibrant coloured fruit and vegetables into your diet. These will help give your body a burst of nutrients that will help to calm down any inflammation which has a trickledown effect for your mind and soul too.
Pound the pavement - there's something to be said for getting out and getting some fresh air - even it is just for 15 minutes, your mind, body and soul will thank you for it. Set yourself a goal to try and make time for you to drop everything and have some time just for you.
Seek supplements - while a doctor may want to explore the option of medication to help you through, there are some over the counter products which may be able to help you during your period of burnout. Many of these products will work by calming your central nervous system, helping to aid a better night’s sleep and will also give you a sense of relief that you are taking steps to help the issue.
bh loves: Bach Rescue Pastilles, $14.99; Clinicians B Complex Tablets, $22.99; Go Healthy Go 5-HTP, $25.99; 30 Plus NuWoman Natural Hormone Balance Support Tablets, $36.99; Lifestream Advanced Probiotic Immunemood, $32.99; Sleepdrops for adults, $40.99 and Better You Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray, $29.99.
Did you know? There are a host of apps which you can get for your personal device which can help to ease the daily humdrum of life - they offer your mind and body clarity, resilience and calm to a busy brain.
bh loves: Headspace; Happify; Deep Relax; Gratitude Journal; Sleep Cycle and Calm.
Do you have any tips for when you're feeling burnt out? We would love to hear your tips on how you get through tough times.