Strained, exhausted, burnt out: Burnout (Article in Libelle)
A burnout: often it does not show itself until during your long-awaited vacation, which you had so laboriously worked yourself toward. When you no longer need to strain yourself, you will notice that you cannot relax, cannot enjoy. It is gone.
Do you have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning? Do you have to force yourself to go to work each day? Are you living from weekend to weekend, from vacation to vacation? Are you often tired and emotionally less stable than you used to be? Are you constantly worrying? Do you find it difficult to relax? If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, it is best if you continue reading. Maybe you are moving toward a burnout, a type of psychological fatigue of which about 10% of all employees suffer nowadays.
Dangerous: the feeling that you lose control
Paul Koeck, stress manager and manager of the Center for Stress Counseling: “Positive stress is healthy. With negative stress you get the feeling that you lose control. And that is where it goes wrong. Instead of solutions, you see problems everywhere. Challenges become towering obstacles. You constantly feel like it will fail.” Burnout is caused by long-term negative stress and hopelessness. Just like many other disorders from the ‘stress-family’. Paul Koeck: “I do not like putting labels like ‘overworked’, ‘burnout’, or ‘depression’ on people, because these can worsen the feelings of stress. Often the person in question is relieved to know what is going on, of course. But such a label can also have a confirming effect. People can then ‘settle’ into the diagnosis: ‘see, there is nothing the way in which you look at things. This also has to do with the stress hormone adrenalin. Too much adrenaline in the blood stream triggers negative memories. With negative stress you then only recall negative things. thinking clearly becomes difficult to do, which means you do not find solutions for problems anymore. And you take bad decisions, only further increasing pressure. In the end, you end up in a vicious cycle, in which you sink deeper and deeper.
If you disregard yourself, if you have to be too much for yourself
We are constantly presented with new challenges
Recognizing the signals, the faster the better!
Sometimes it solves itself, sometimes it does not…
You could try looking at it from a positive perspective
And if you do make a bad choice?
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