Updated: Dec 22, 2018
Apart from a general lack in energy many burnout victims also suffer from anxiety issues. This happens for a reason: your feelings and your breathing are connected to one another. And anxiety is all about breathing. Or lack there of actually. So let’s talk feelings, breathing and… movies.
Think of what happens when you see a scary scene in a movie. You hold your breath. Why? Because you bracing yourself, you don’t want to get too scared. Essentially you don’t want that emotion!
The same happens with anxiety. Once you’ve felt that emotion – which can really disconnect you from the world around you – you know it’s a very, very scary feeling. So when you get into a little bit of an anxious situation, what do you do? Yes, you stop breathing properly. Which triggers the anxiety…
It can feel like a vicious cycle. Some people can’t seem to get out of it, making them despair and allowing the anxiety to grow even bigger. You basically get anxiety over the fact you have anxiety! Fortunately there is a way out of it. And again, like so many things surrounding burnout, the solution can be found in the physical and not in the mental (which is my big beef against the psychology profession!).
What you need to learn is to breathe better. And the anxiety will go away. Anxiety is a physical reaction. Of course there can be mental causes to it... but there often aren't. It's just an emotional reaction to not wanting to feel something that is translated into your body. Ergo, if you can control the body, mostly the breathing, the anxiety goes away.
So there are many breathing exercises you can learn. Most of them focus on breathing from the belly, which is how it should be. Look them up on the video channels or through trainers.
I recommend not overthinking this one. Don’t despair and think there is something mentally wrong with you. Maybe there are tons of mental issues you need to figure out. But with a proper focus on the body instead of the mind, anxiety does not have to be one of them.
And take it easy. Love.