By Shivani Naghnoor

Do you feel excessively tired and exhausted all the time, if yes then you must be suffering from burnout. It is physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion, you feel so stressed, to the point of losing interest in the activities once enjoyed. Burnout makes a person feel extremely unenergetic, hopeless, helpless, and pessimistic. The person feels like there is nothing to look forward to in life. 

The thought process of someone who is likely to suffer from burnout:

It is a total waste of time and energy to care about work and home life

The days do not appear to be good

I feel overly tired most of the time

No amount of work done feels worth it

Physical symptoms of burnout:

Frequent muscle pain or headache.

Falling sick often because of low immunity

Change in sleep patterns and appetite

Emotional symptoms of burnout:

Lack of motivation

Low self-esteem

Lack of intention to connect with people

Negative opinion of life 

Behavioral symptoms of burnout: 

Procrastinating and taking a lot of time to do work

Getting angry with others to vent feelings

Poor time management

Being lonely and not wanting to speak to others

Using alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism

It is important to remember that there is a difference between stress and burnout, if you are under a lot of stress physically and mentally, you will be exhausted, but realize that you are in command of your life and situations. If you are experiencing burnout, you are extremely drained physically and emotionally, to an extent that you feel there is no positive outcome. 

Take note of these phases of burnout:

Being overambitious, this is common in people who are in a new job, starting a business, launching a book, and so on. The drive to be successful causes individuals to want nothing but success and this causes burnout.

The affected person focuses too much on work and ambitions and does not pay too much attention to self-care. 

The individual does not realize he is working harder than required and blames other people for having burnout. 

No interest in meeting family and friends.

The person is in denial about overworking himself.

The person becomes aggressive and is quick to anger. 

Depression sets in when a person has no hope

Mental exhaustion happens when a person is not able to see optimism in any aspect of life

It is not easy to suffer burnout, but it can be managed:

Practice self-care:

When you encounter burnout, you feel so exhausted to an extent that your body feels numb, it is important to practice self-care and do this gradually. Recognize you as a person, your good qualities, your strengths, you can write it down. You can do this before sleeping or whenever you have time. 

Find strength in positivity and positive people:

Ensure to take inspiration from positivity, you can read positive quotes and success stories. Also, spend more time with individuals who spread positive energy, they will make you feel good and help you build resilience. 

Take a break:

When you experience burn out, you are completely exhausted, take a break you need it. Take your mind off work or anything that is stressing you out, do anything you like even if it is for a short period of time such as music, reading, videos, television shows, and so on. Keep your mind relaxed, you can even wear your favorite perfume to feel good or take a nap. Allow your mind to enter a serene state, and you will feel fresh and calm. 

Avoid paying too much attention to negative thoughts and negative criticism. 

When you start a new job or business, there are going to be hurdles and negative criticism and you are likely to have negative thoughts. Gradually work on eliminating these thoughts, and think of your job or business as your passion, and work on your ambition. Think of your goals and ambitions as something that you will do for yourself. 

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