How do you know if its burnout?

It is becoming more and more evident that stress has become so commonplace and expected, that it can sneak up on you, and cause burnout; before you even realize it.

First off, I would like to say that we understand and have great empathy for your experience with stress. We are here to teach you how to manage your stress and take it to a new, lifelong level.

“Burnout” has three distinct, and predictable signs that you may be experiencing, or seeing the same conditions in others.

Physical or Emotional Exhaustion
Can you describe your current state as having a lack of energy, being lethargic, sleepy or simply having dread for the day or even the week ahead? Work that has been interesting and challenging now looms and you dread it. You seem to have no internal resources to call upon and you cannot rally enough energy to conquer the day. It is certainly possible that you will feel physical pain that simply won’t go away.

Feeling as if you are ineffective
If you reflect on your status, you may realize that your thinking simply spins like a top or that your efforts are “not good enough”. You would love to be able to “do more, and be more” but cannot!

The longer you stay in this repetitive loop, the deeper you will fall into burnout! Your previous ability to stay energized and focus loses steam and you are no longer able to “shake off” the low intermittent points that we all experience. The situation slowly shifts to chronic instead of periodic. If you have noticed you are just not yourself at work or at home, there are real actions you can take to break out of this mode. Taking the time to learn how to effectively manage your stress is the most important action you can take. And it is here that we can be of the most help to you.

In an effort to preserve your energy, is burnout causing you to be detached from others, unable to finish, or even start a task, or to even numb you from feeling joy or pain?

Pain, emotional or physical, doesn’t always love company…Do you seem like you have been bit by the pessimist bug and are staying away from things you love to do? Is the glass totally empty and you do not have the strength, or will, to fill it back up?

When you are in this state, you may be experiencing the dance of “The Critic” and “The Perfectionist” (sessions 3 and 4) both of which cause a repeating loop of seemingly unsolvable thoughts and keep you in burnout. One client called it Groundhog Day!

Hope springs eternal…
Are you recognizing the signs of struggling to keep it together; and don’t want it to morph into burnout? All is not lost! Relax, take a deep breath and consider enrolling in our Stress Intelligence program for learning stress management skills for the long haul. We’re here for you!

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”

–Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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“Perfectionism is Self-Abuse of the Highest Order”

– Anne Wilson Shaef

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