Burnout

Natural remedy for the symptoms of burnout, career burnout, and job burnout.

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    1. What is Burnout?
    2. Diagnosing Burnout
    3. What Causes Burnout?
    4. Help for Burnout
    5. More Information on Burnout

    What is Burnout?

    Burnout is a term that is given to a state of physical or emotional exhaustion. It is most commonly attributed to work or a particular task, but can also be related to stressful relationships and roles (e.g. parenting or caring for an aged family member).

    A person experiencing Burnout simply feels as though they are going through the motions, and often have already lost interest in everything and experience a lack motivation to push forward.

    They become ineffective at their job and just the effort of going to work depletes their energy and constantly experience feelings of powerlessness, resentment and hopelessness.

    Diagnosing Burnout

    Burnout can be fairly easy to diagnose, and generally specialists will be able to look at certain aspects of a person's life to determine if they have been under a lot of stress and strain or expending a lot of energy.

    You can ask yourself a series of questions to see if you are experiencing Burnout:

    • Have you lost interest in and enthusiasm for your job?
    • Does everyday at work feel like a blue Monday?
    • Are you struggling to cope with the workload?
    • Do you feel that you are not good at your job anymore?
    • Are you drained and tired all the time?
    • Are you forever coming down with infections?
    • Do you feel constantly irritable and on a ‘short fuse’?
    • Are you having difficulty sleeping?

    If any of these sound familiar, you could be experiencing burnout! For example, Burnout often affects people who are highly committed, hardworking and motivated.

    People who are in the service industry or professions which protect (such as doctors, social workers, law enforcers and teachers) are more likely to experience burnout due to the demands and dedication required for their jobs. However, anyone who is pushed too hard may suffer from career burnout.

    Symptoms of Burnout

    Symptoms may vary, but commonly include:

    • Fatigue
    • Lack of energy
    • Frequent illness
    • Disillusionment with chosen profession
    • Helplessness, frustration and lack of power
    • Depression, withdrawal and isolation
    • Hopelessness
    • Physical symptoms include headaches, back pain, colds, insomnia, rashes, hives, chest pains, gastrointestinal problems, bladder infections, nervous tics, stroke or heart attack
    • Suicidal thoughts

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    What Causes Burnout?

    A number of different factors can contribute to burnout, but usually burnout is the direct result of stress. It occurs when the body and mind can no longer cope with the huge demands and responsibilities that are face on a daily basis. Many cases of burnout occur as a result of work.

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    Working long hours, working in a high stress or pressure environment, and not supplementing your work life with ample time to relax can all lead to career burnout rather quickly. Emotional exhaustion can also lead to burnout. If you are having trouble in your relationships, or there are other psychological problems involved, burnout can result.

    Help for Burnout

    We are all susceptible to burnout and this is exacerbated by all the demands and responsibilities of modern day living. While conventional treatment often involves prescription medicines to treat the symptoms of burnout (antibiotics, antidepressants, sedatives, etc) the best way to deal with burnout is to confront the source of the problem. While confrontation is not always easy, professional help is available to smooth this process and ensure the best possible treatment.

    Dealing with Burnout

    Helpful ways of overcoming job burnout include:

    Speak to your manager or human resource department

    Communicating your problem to your manager or HR department allows you to adopt a positive approach and creates a culture of empowerment. You may even find that you are doing far more than is expected of you. Alternatively, your employer may be able to provide assistance in terms of your workload which would likely be a huge help in overcoming job burnout

    Speak to family members

    If your symptoms of burnout are related to family roles, call a family meeting to explain how the stress is affecting you and ask for (and insist on!) help.

    Examine yourself

    While your responsibilities and workload may be very high, some people are simply more inclined to take on responsibility than others. People with this tendency appear to attract responsibility like a magnet and everyone around them often obliges by allowing them to do all the work. If this sounds like you, take a long hard look at yourself and learn how to say NO! Your health depends on it!

    Take a break!

    This is a major step in overcoming job burnout. If you reach a point where you feel you simply cannot continue (or preferably before you reach this point), it is important for you to schedule some time out. Even though you may feel this is impossible, you should make a plan. If you do not, your body will ultimately force you to by becoming sick. Take time away from work and from other responsibilities that are weighing you down – and give yourself the opportunity to recoup your strength!

    Psychotherapy or counseling

    Psychologists and counselors can provide support to individuals who are suffering from burnout. They will be able to assist with a wide range of topics including health, everyday issues, life skills, addiction and recovery and more. Therapy can reduce stress, improve morale and enhance coping skills.

    Relaxation techniques

    There are a number of relaxation techniques that can help you cope with stress and improve concentration, productivity and overall wellbeing. These include deep breathing exercises, meditation, muscle relaxation, visualization and affirmations.

    Natural herbal and homeopathic remedies

    Natural remedies can alleviate the symptoms of burnout and stress. A combination of herbal ingredients such as Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort), Passiflora incarnata, Scuttelaria laterifolia (Scullcap) and Valerian promotes relaxation and provides a soothing effect. Furthermore, these ingredients do not have harmful side effects unlike the conventional medication that is so commonly prescribed for treating anxiety or depression. Remember that natural remedies must be manufactured to therapeutic doses in order to be effective – so be sure to source yours from a reputable company!

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    More Information on Burnout

    Other Ways to Cope with Burnout
    • Recognize the symptoms and ask for help
    • Set limits and boundaries for yourself – learn to say NO!!
    • Identify your job responsibilities, prioritize and delegate
    • Change your work environment
    • Develop an interest in stress relieving activities such as playing golf, painting, salsa dancing or meditation
    • Eat properly, get plenty of exercise and enough sleep
    • Spend more time laughing!

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    The Seriousness of Burnout

    If career burnout affects your interpersonal relationships, work performance or your health, you have cause to be concerned. When we are overworked and emotionally drained, it becomes very difficult to interact with other people, and often we start isolating ourselves from them. Some people who suffer from burnout also resort to addictive behaviors such as substance abuse. This dependency on substances can cause significant harm and serious problems if the root cause is not addressed.

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