Have you ever heard the story about how to boil a frog? (Horrible to imagine, I know). If you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out immediately. But if you put it in a pot and turn up the heat slowly, it will stay. It becomes accustomed to the new reality… until it’s too late.
Becoming burned out is kind of like that — we often don’t even realize how bad it is until we put the pieces together: “Irritable?” Check. “Joyless and Exhausted?” Check. “Constantly On Edge?” Check. “Can’t Sleep?” Uh huh. “Can’t remember a thing?” Yes.
Now you can say: Hello burnout! Nice to have you here!
“Burning out” is the layperson’s term for the physical, emotional, and cognitive consequences of chronic stress. It can affect everything in your life, from the way you think, to the way you feel physically and emotionally, to your relationships.
Understanding what stress really does to you, and why it’s important to change, can help motivate you to reclaim your life.
There’s no such thing as a stress-free life anymore
A stress-free life is a myth! The truth is that stress is a part of life. Some people develop great strategies instinctively to help them deal with it. Others never quite seem to manage to find the balance in life that helps them deal with stress.
Burnout is the end result of countless hours, days, weeks, months, and years of pushing and struggling in career, or a family life, only to find that the goal, that end result that was so important once upon a time, is still out of reach.
In business, burnout is one of the most common ways that people lose their interest and their ability to function well in their jobs. It can lead to other types of stress, and can also lead to a lack of employment. Burnout occurs much more commonly than many people may realize or be willing to admit.
Many people take their stresses home
Stress in the workplace is a challenge to physical and mental health. But it also often affects other aspects of a person’s life, such as their family. For executives and those professionals whose careers are on the line every day, they tend to bring the pressure of work home with them.
This can lead to a number of problems within their family life as well. Using stress and burnout coaching to deal with the struggles and the strife of modern life is one of the most efficient ways to manage all of the stress that career and family can throw at us.
Stress and burnout coaching can help you
With the recession still holding strong, the need to stay focused and avoid burnout is stronger than ever. Many companies have taken to laying off large portions of its staff just to survive and are calling on their executives to carry a greater burden. Everyone knows that their job is on the line.
Stress and burnout coaching helps people learn techniques and strategies to manage the everyday challenges that face them. It helps to show people the proper way to handle the stress that they face and how to turn off the concerns when it’s quitting time.
We put together a list of burnout symptoms. Please read them carefully. If you check 3 or more signs of burnout, maybe it’s time to have a coach.
Physical signs and symptoms of burnout:
• Feeling tired and drained most of the time
• Lowered immunity, feeling sick a lot
• Frequent headaches, back pain, muscle aches
• Change in appetite or sleep habits
Emotional signs and symptoms of burnout
• Sense of failure and self-doubt
• Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated
• Detachment, feeling alone in the world
• Loss of motivation
• Increasingly cynical and negative outlook
• Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment
Behavioral signs and symptoms of burnout
• Withdrawing from responsibilities
• Isolating yourself from others
• Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done
• Using food, drugs, or alcohol to cope
• Taking out your frustrations on others
• Skipping work or coming in late and leaving early
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