Image: ShutterstockIt often happens when individuals are passionate and committed and have become disillusioned with a job that they feel is their identity. This type of stress can cause mental and physical health problems, heres a list of ways you can identify and address burnout. Disengagement Over-engagement is a symptom of high stress levels. Losing sleep because you can’t stop thinking about a deadline is an example of over engagement. Helplessness Stress normally demonstrates a sense of urgency, often resulting in hyperactivity. Anyone facing everlasting deadlines knows the feeling. Burnout, however, is characterised by feeling nervous and having no solutions. Blunted emotions When under stress, you may find that your emotions are exaggerated and hard to keep track of. You may become angry or even teary easier than usual as you are a lot more sensitive. Numbed emotions are a sign of exhaustion. You may feel that you do not have the energy to react emotionally to situations. If you can identify with the above, then heres what you can do to help yourself: Acknowledge your problems When one problem establishes, it’s easy to ignore or kerb other issues in your life that may be contributing to feeling drained. Make a list of all things that concern you every day. Include the things that make you feel powerless and then number them one to ten on whats most important. This gives you a realistic view of what your issues actually are. Actively address your problems Initially, you might feel like this is impossible but once you start to work towards making changes, youll find that many problems only exist because you’re scared of approaching them. This is particularly important in the workplace, as most employers would rather go out of their way to help you through your burnout, rather than lose you.
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