It is a time where the difference between day and night is becoming smaller and people have to stay one step ahead of each other to live a normal life .being perpetually tired is not uncommon burnout is not a new word in our vocabulary. With the pressure to become the best now, not only for our parents but also ourselves, there is nowhere a person can turn to, to express their disdain of working away from their lives. As working hard is considered an asset now, more so than ever, it is significant that we learn to see the fine line been hard work and overwork and learn to balance it to have a better quality of life.
WHAT EXACTLY IS BURNOUT?
The technical definition for burnout is described as when something runs out of the adequate fuel or resources it requires to function properly. Applied to human life, it means when a person is mentally and emotionally unable to cope up with their day to day lives; mostly due to work-related reasons. Be it housework, office work, or family issues, a buildup of stress can cause you to ‘’burn out’’.
Burnout can lead to a poor diet and overall poor physical health thus indirectly affecting the body. It is a situation where a person is under so much stress anxiety that they lose the basic energy required to continue their day to day lives. It can be frustrating for those who work day and night to ensure that every aspect of their life is perfect and to those who suffer from being in a constant state of exhaustion no matter how hard they try to motivate themselves. They just cannot find the desire to do it anymore.
HOW IT CAN AFFECT YOUR LIFE
To know how burnout can affect your life, we must first understand that it is caused by the constant stress that we are under. It could be due to dissatisfying, bland, or repetitive work or an unsatisfactory proceeding of your life. You feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with the smallest tasks and even the hobbies you were previously interested in and could engage with for hours will not capture your interest.
If left for too long, this can go on to take over many aspects of your life. Feeling overworked, stressed, and exhausted with nothing to excite you for can have a toll on your relations with other people, you could start feeling jealous of others, cranky, and demotivated by other’s achievements. This could in turn cause you to push away the very people who want to support you and see you happy.
Additionally, you might even fall ill more frequently suffer from headaches more often. If you feel that you are always exhausted, bored, and suffer from a lack of interest or have a general disinterest in doing even basic things for your life to function, it is possible that you may be burned out.
HOW IS BURNOUT DIFFERENT FROM STRESS OR DEPRESSION
While everyone feels stressed from time to time and may even experience it for prolonged periods, it generally comes under control when the task at hand is completed or the problem that has been weighing on you has been dealt with.
Burnout is a state of tension in your body caused by the culmination theseof the stress created by these events or problems. While stress may cause you to become over engaged in a topic, burnout will cause the opposite, that is, to have a lack of energy or desire to deal with your problems. when the stress becomes overwhelming due to it being suppressed for long periods or people not releasing the stress in a healthy manner, it can lead to burnout.
It can be harder to distinguish between depression and burnout, however. Many symptoms of burnout are similar to the ones we see in depression, such as disinterest in things, emptiness, or sadness. The primary difference is that burnout is generally work-related whereas depression is more general, having a range of possible causes from childhood trauma, work, education, friends, family, etc. Burnout can affect your work and productivity. It can cause you to alienate yourself from your colleagues or classmates and make the work at and seem overwhelming. You might be physically and mentally exhausted before during and after work. Putting too much pressure to perform at your highest level best despite the circumstances can only make the situation much worse for you.
Burnout can increase the chance of you getting depression.
When you are burned out you are unmotivated. The simplest tasks may bring you to tears, and boredom will become the new normal.
In this day and age where hard work has more importance over mental, physical, and emotional health, it is common to find yourself in a position where you are drained, exhausted, and lacking in the motivation to continue your work. Under such circumstances, you must take time to yourself and take the necessary steps to heal yourself before it starts affecting your life and that of the people around you.
You can find some ways to deal with burnout here.
A SIDE NOTE
Burnout can often be confused with depression, stress, fatigue, or other common symptoms caused by your medications. If you feel that these symptoms are prolonging even after you have tried to reduce your workload or taken care of the problem at hand, it is best to consult with your doctor about your symptoms.
The improper treatment of a mental health issue will only create further problems.
Take care of yourself and do not forget to handle each day as it comes.