What is burnout?
Burnout is a mental and physical condition caused by overproduction of stress hormones where the victim is no longer able to perform normal life tasks because they feel extremely fatigued, stressed, anxious, detached and confused.
Why am I burned out?
People burn out because of prolonged stress due to (sub)conscious expectations that are not met. When these expectations - either coming from within or from people surrounding them - stay on for too long and are too unrealistic, the body will create an unhealthy amount of stress hormones, leading to burnout symptoms.
What are burnout symptoms?
Symptoms of burnout are pain, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, fear, dizziness, lack of sleep, confusion, detachment, vagueness, loss of sex drive, nausea, lack of appetite, impaired concentration, anger, isolation and forgetfulness.
What is the cure for burnout?
The cure for burnout is best described as a 'period of mental and physical recovery'. Burnout requires treatment but there is no cure in the traditional medical sense. Each treatment needs to be individualized and consists of a combination of stress hormone reduction, relief of physical burnout symptoms and mental treatment that resolves the psychological causes of the burnout.
Can anyone burn out?
The answer is yes. And everyone can be cured too. Burnout is not exclusive to any job or personal situation because it is caused by prolonged stress inside the persons mind and not by a particular situation itself. The risk factor of a burnout is measured in how much stress is felt subjectively, rather than how objectively stressful a situation truly is.
Is burnout emotional or physical?
Emotions are physiological and hormonal reactions by the body that are designed to improve chances of survival, adaptability and procreation. Nature intended the mind and body to be intertwined. Any emotion can therefore have a profound effect on the body. In case of burnout, the feelings of stress can be so overwhelming that the body will react, slowing a person down both physically and mentally, until stressful feelings and situations have been resolved.
Is burnout dangerous?
Burnout is not dangerous like diseases or other medical conditions such as a broken leg or cardiovascular problems. It is however advised to work on the reduction of stress hormones as quickly as possible, since prolonged stress hormone production can lead to physical discomfort and long-lasting ailments that reduce overall health, which in turn is not helpful. So do contact your physician.
Why is burnout a trend?
Burnout, depression and stress related illnesses are part of a worldwide trend that is affecting hundreds of millions of people (source: World Health Organization). The combination of higher expectations in life, love and career combined with a significant reduction in mental downtime caused by 24/7 internet availability, have raised stress levels in individuals all over the planet.
Will I recover from burnout?
Yes you will, there is no doubt. However, it will take time and hard work. You'll need to find a personal combination of physical exercise to reduce stress, mental guidance and emotional stress relief that will help you recover. You will also need to learn acceptance and teach yourself to be happy with what you have. Just remember: You can't rush your healing.