HOW DO I GET THERE AND HOW DO I GET out of it
If you think you have a burnout, are you usually already very close to it? A burnout does not only have to be due to your work, you can also get a burnout due to a lot of tension and stress in your private life. Usually, however, it is a combination of the two and one is amplified by the other. A burnout causes physical, mental and emotional complaints and has an enormous impact on your life and your relationships.
WHAT IS A BURNOUT?
Literally it means “burned out” and it sometimes feels that way. You are at the end of your tether and burned out, both physically and mentally. You have been living and working under a lot of stress and high tension for a long time and your body is giving you a signal that it is enough.
How do you get a burnout?
Usually it is a combination of factors that add up to burnout. It may be that in your work, too much is asked of you by your boss. More than you can handle. If this takes a long time, it accumulates and you literally overflow, as it were. It is also common that you take on too much hay yourself. You put too much pressure on yourself. This can be the case in your work as well as in your private life. You are extremely perfectionist and want to do everything to perfection, even if it is at the expense of your time, your workload and your health. You’re a control freak and expect too much from yourself and others.
Other reasons that contribute to burnout can be your character. Your financial or social insecurity, problems in the relationship sphere, illness and even excessive physical exertion.
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS
Some symptoms that you may experience. This does not have to be the same for everyone. You have been tiptoeing for a while, are easily irritated, you feel rushed. You are exhausted but you sleep badly or restlessly. You are hypersensitive, tearful, suspicious, depressed. You are suddenly insecure and indecisive and have concentration problems. You suffer from anxiety and panic disorders.
Physical symptoms can also be different in every person. Headache, muscle pain, palpitations, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, stomach problems… .etc… .etc.
DOPAMINE THE LUCK HORMONE
Long-term stress often means that less dopamine is produced in the brain. People with a burnout therefore often have a dopamine deficiency. Dopamine gives you that feeling of happiness, which is why it is also called the “happiness hormone”. To replace Dopamine, people often use extra caffeine, sugar, alcohol and cigarettes. This is counterproductive because they have shorter and shorter duration. So you need more and more to feel good. Movement in nature ensures new production of this happiness hormone.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF YOUR BURnOUT?
First, it is important that you have accepted what is going on. Then we look at how your burnout has slowly crept in and what should be different in the future. I believe in a holistic approach and not just burnout therapy. Not only solution-oriented, because then you have a good chance that you could get a burnout again. There are things that have to be changed forever. And that does not have to be wrong at all, in fact it really improves you!
Regularity, healthy eating and eating and exercise on time are the first steps to reduce your physical complaints. With mindfulness, meditation and breathwork in combination with relaxation exercises and burnout therapy, we work with your mental and emotional complaints. We look at what suits your recovery and make a completely personalized therapy based on your complaints.
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT A BURNOUT
This is of course high in your new banner, but for people who are facing a burnout, perhaps some good tips.
- Take time off and especially time for yourself, even if you don’t feel any tension or pressure yet. Make it a habit to take time for yourself.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and know what you can handle and what you can’t. Don’t take too much work on. Not from someone else and not from yourself.
- Move something to the next day, not everything has to be finished today.
- Talk about issues or problems at work and home and don’t try to process them alone.
- Exercise enough and as much as possible in nature.
- Eat and drink healthy and not excessively.
- Know where your weaknesses and strengths lie.
- Also learn to say “no”.