Falling Victim to Burnout
Oh, the blessed perils of being a mostly type-A personality – a go-getter. You work hard, you parent hard, you give everything your all.
You strive for perfection and work to meet the needs of everyone around you. You’re notorious for overbooking yourself and overcommitting to things you know will spread you even thinner. You have a solid work ethic and you never quit.
People admire you – they’re in awe of your ability to keep plowing through tasks left and right as you readily accept more with opened arms. You never stop. More and more, we’re burning the candle at both ends for far too long – and burnout sets in.
Burnout, the widespread epidemic characterized by chronic exhaustion, not explainable by medical basis, looks like:
- reduced performance at work and at home
- avoidance of work that is uncharacteristic
- lack of motivation and drive
Burnout is a common condition most often seen in people who uphold service roles. Healthcare professionals, full-time parents, etc. are commonly struck by burnout, though burnout can occur in anyone enduring a chronically high-stress environment of high-ideals.
It’s time to slow down!
Even if you’re passionate about a job you love, you’re a mom or dad that adores your children, or you’re caring for a loved one who is ill or with high needs, burnout is lurking, just waiting for the opportunity to set in.
It’s often the people that are passionate about what they do that tend to overextend themselves to accommodate the needs of those they serve. Out of love, a desire to help, or a need to succeed, people with a high goal for achievement who consistently set their standards high are the ones that become worn out more quickly.
Burnout isn’t prejudice. It doesn’t discriminate. Anyone, of any age, of any cultural background or religion is prone to burnout – all it takes is the perfect climate to develop.
As our world continues to propel into the future, hyper-focused on pace and a task-based sense of achievement, our to-do lists are more than we can humanly accommodate from day to day. The chronically high-pressure environment we work in and endure paired with the subsequent heightened level of stress, lead us to become sleep deprived, immunity compromised, and adopt nutritionally deficient diets. The culmination of these variables creates the perfect environment, ripe for burnout.
"Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others. " – Christopher Germer
Moving Forward – Hope Awaits.
Burnout isn’t easy to overcome without identifying what triggered its onset and making the appropriate lifestyle changes that are necessary to better avoid excessive stress and cope with stress when it is present. It is extremely difficult to be the best spouse, partner, parent, or employee you are capable of being when you’re constantly plagued with exhaustion. No matter how hard you try to summon the work-ethic and drive you once built your reputation on, burnout can prove your efforts unsuccessful.
It’s important to take the time to learn how to recover from burnout, as well as how you can prevent it so that it never diminishes your quality of life again. You can prevail victorious over burnout, and you will. By learning effective stress management techniques and coping mechanisms, you’ll be well-equipped to conquer whatever challenges come your way.
More importantly, by re-evaluating your priorities and learning what your limits are, you can comfortably adjust your lifestyle to reflect your new approach to battling burnout. A healthy and happy, thriving future awaits you!
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