Most of us experience some level of burnout in day-to-day life, more now than ever before. Moreover, it is not restricted to work-related stress only. While working people are more prone to burnout, we should not underestimate the prolonged stress due to lack of support at home, miscommunication, and emotional exhaustion, which can affect anyone. ‘Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands’ (1)
From my personal experience, burnout happens to me when I stretch beyond my capacity and pour myself emotionally into something. It is never about long hours or physical exhaustion, from what I have experienced. I lose my appetite, get anxious and even get fever if the burnout is prolonged, that clearly tells me that even my immunity gets affected. It is indeed very important to set boundaries and limits for yourself, and recognize the triggers if you are going beyond those boundaries. Connect and listen to your body.
One of the most effective ways to heal yourself from burnout is to disconnect from everything and protect your energy. Indulging in your hobby, yoga, meditation, reading, are few other great ways to recharge yourself from the burnout. More often than not, it can be lack of proper sleep that’s the cause behind burnout; catch up on your sleep. Burnout can look different for everyone; below I list down few potential signs of burnout that I have experienced myself and amongst my friends and family.
- Feeling overwhelmed and anxious
- Shortness of breath
- Emotional fatigue and feeling physically weak
- Foggy brain – thinking too many things at once and not able to think straight
- Reduced performance in everyday tasks due to lack of concentration
Few ways to heal yourself from burnout
- Disconnect – take an off from work, social media and phone calls.
- Eat nutritious comfort food – I love a bowl of dal-rice, Thai chicken soup, khichdi, vegetable broth with salt and pepper, ginger tea.
- Walking barefoot in the grass – go to a nearby park and walk barefoot or otherwise. Greenery has great re-energizing qualities.
- Communicate – if there is something that is disturbing you, then talk it out. Esp. if the burnout is due to an argument/discord with your partner.
- Read an inspirational book
In general, slow down your mind and body – disconnect from the hush-hush agenda driven life and the overflowing checklists. Have you experienced burnout ever? What does it look like for you? How do you recharge yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Let’s now look at my Tuesday Menu for this week.
That’s it for this week dear reader! I am really enjoying how this simple weekly blog-post which started with an intention to share my full day meals has become so meaningful now with a small topic that I write about every week. Do you think these topics are relevant to your routine life? What else should we bring it here? Your comments are the only reward that I get for my write-ups. Be generous ! Xo!
Credits – (1) – Psychology Defined term – Burnout