Burnout happens to many people at some point. Its that feeling of having no energy to do what needs to be done. No drive, inspiration, motivation, as a result, a general feeling of lethargy and feeling flat. While in this state there is no clarity. In addition, decision making becomes harder. Burnout can be caused by work overload, stress, pushing yourself too hard, moving home or country, too much responsibility, and other possible reasons. Most importantly, recognizing the signs of burnout is vital for overall wellbeing.
Burnout is burnout, right? Technically the answer is yes. However, expats deal with unique challenges that may be unfamiliar territory. Settling into a new country, learning another language, integrating into a different way of life or culture, trying to establish friendships, social life, the list goes on. In addition, doing all of the above without the support of family, and friends. The cherry on the burnout cake is working long hours in a brand new job. No wonder burnout comes knocking at the door!
High achievers push themselves into burnout
High achievers generally like to push themselves hard to achieve their goals. Whilst this may satisfy their “I can do it all” personalities, it affects many parts of their lives in a negative way. You’re well on the way to burnout if you continue to push yourself beyond your personal limits.
Putting in extra hours at the office with no reward or recognition accelerates the downward slide towards burnout. Ignoring your bodies symptoms letting you know it needs rest is a recipe for disaster. The big question is, are you partly to blame for burnout when it happens?
The choices made in life have a direct impact on stress levels, health, lifestyle, productivity and energy levels. Choosing to stay behind at work instead of going to your exercise class isn’t doing you any
Symptoms of burnout
The symptoms of burnout are unpleasant. Over time the immune system is affected leaving you vulnerable to illness and disease. Here are some common symptoms that may sound familiar to you, however, there are many more in addition to this:
- A feeling that you can’t take on any more responsibility
- Feeling out of control with your life
- Chronic stress
- Lack of energy, focus, and concentration
- Sleep issues
- Loss of appetite or in some cases increased appetite
- Low mood
If you recognize any of the above within yourself, take it as a wake up call that you really need to address your lifestyle as soon as possible.
Refuel your energy tank
Imagine your body has its own energy tank, just as your car has a petrol tank. Of
A balanced lifestyle is
The results of this may make you realize an imbalanced lifestyle has crept up on you. Living life in balance is important to feel happy, healthy and well. It is common for some people who push themselves incredibly hard to let a balanced lifestyle take a low priority. Many don’t sleep enough hours, eat healthily, exercise enough, travel, therefore, fall into numbing the discomfort of an imbalanced lifestyle with alcohol and sometimes drugs.
When was the last time you truly relaxed? I have heard clients tell me that they don’t know how to feel relaxed or what it feels like. Recharging, rejuvenating, and relaxation is going to help keep you energized, enthusiastic and more balanced. Everyone has their own preference for relaxation, so whether that is taking time to read your
Regular exercise has many benefits. It releases endorphins, reduces stress, makes you feel good, and as a result, boosts health and wellbeing. A one-hour workout is literally 4% of the day. Exercise is about creating time in your life to do it. Do what you can to motivate yourself. Buddy up, book classes, work out from home, skip while cooking, bounce on a mini trampoline while watching TV, get moving. Your mind and body will thank you.
Sleep issues and insomnia
Sleep issues are common with burnout leading to feeling exhausted, tired, and irritable. The body rejuvenates itself during sleep. Above all quality of sleep is more important than quantity. Switch off devices a couple of hours before bed because the blue light emitted disrupts sleep patterns.
Say no and mean it!
Being assertive isn’t always easy, however, in terms of overall
Working for yourself means no sick pay, holiday pay, in addition, working harder to cover those times when you are off. This in itself can very quicky lead to burnout.
Keep burnout at bay
Burnout is something to be aware of at all times whether you work for yourself, or someone else. This is also true for a
If any of the above resonates, or you feel burnout is beginning to impact your life, then make sure to get help immediately. You have one life, live it well.
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