What is Burnout?
In summary, Burnout is a state of chronic (i.e longterm) stress which leads to physical and emotional exhaustion.
Burnout can creep up on us and then from my own experience, it just kind of slaps you in the face! Or does it?
Perhaps if we listened to what was happening in our bodies, we would choose not to ignore the many signs but like so many, I have chosen on more than one occasion to ignore those signs and tell myself everything will be ok.
The thing is it won’t be ok. It’s a vicious cycle. Stress builds up over time, the cup overflows, we have a meltdown and then we think ‘oh that feels better I can crack on as normal now’. And then guess what, it happens again, and again and again!
I have spent just over a decade trying to find ways to manage stress. It has been a lot of trial and error, a lot of ‘I can’t be bothered trying that’ as it takes too much effort and ‘I don’t have the time’. I hit burnout yet again last April 2020 when I was forced to stop during the first lockdown. I promised myself that this was the last time I was ever going to allow myself to get into such an exhausted state again.
Since that day I have been making much more effort to implement the many strategies I have learnt over the years and I am finally making progress!
How do you know if you are experiencing Burnout?
You may be experiencing some of the following:
- Chronic fatigue
- Inability to concentrate
- Increased illness
- Loss of enjoyment
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Increased irritability
- Lack of productivity
You can read more about the above symptoms in an article HERE. Although this article starts by stating that burnout is a hazard for high achievers, it’s important to note that it’s not exclusive to high achievers. It’s a hazard to anyone who just has too much on! As women we are juggling a job, household, children and everything that comes along with all of these responsibilities. Is there ever any time to allow yourself to rest or do something just for you?
If you’ve read this and can relate then it’s time to get some help. If you’re a busy Mum and just don’t know where to start then I can help you with my Mama Reboot programme which you can read about here.