Your work habits will determine if you’re on the path to adrenal emotional burnout.
Stress can be a normal part of your work day. Balanced stress levels help us accomplish tasks and can even push us to succeed. However, when stress levels start to skyrocket, it will wreak havoc in your life and deteriorate your health. If you allow stress to consume your energy, you’ll experience an adrenal emotional burnout.
Causes: Different work environments can promote burnout. When people are expected to work more hours and constantly change positions without adequate training, it can lead to emotional burnout because they’re being pressured to work beyond their limit.
Symptoms: Emotional burnout goes beyond feeling stressed. Stress-related illnesses can trigger skin conditions, insomnia, heart disease, memory impairment, digestive problems, autoimmune disorders, and depression. Any other ailment or illness will worsen with stress.
You could be on the verge of emotional burnout if you experience any of the following:
- Physical exhaustion
- Emotional exhaustion, which can lead to irritability, detachment, frequent anger, hopelessness and apathy.
- Reduced performance and productivity
- Loss in self-esteem and confidence
Cures: Preventing burnout is easier than recovering from it. It’s not uncommon for patients experiencing burnout to take more than six months to recover. But each individual will need to recover at their own pace. Since burnout takes a long time to recover from, having a few weeks off and returning to a stress-inducing environment will not cure burnout symptoms, but might worsen them.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of burnout, don’t neglect your symptoms, analyze your home and work environment before you break down. To prevent burnout, you need to reduce your work stress or anything else contributing to your exhaustion. You can do this by:
- Taking inventory. Write down anything that induces stress in your life and keep adding to the list when something starts to bother you. Once you have your list, go through each item and find (and implement) solutions.
- Saying no. You might be afraid of the reaction if you say “no” to a new task or assignment, but this can save you a lot of stress and energy. If you’re recovering from burnout, you don’t want to have any new responsibilities. Instead, ask if someone else can get the job done.
- Scheduling breaks. Taking break between projects will help you manage your stress levels in a healthy way. This gives your mind and body time to recover. Socialize with the people around you so that you’re not too absorbed into your work.
- Using electronics wisely. Your smartphone or tablet can not only drain time, but can also cause stress. It’s stressful when your phone constantly buzzes from messages, emails, and notifications. To reduce stress from your electronics, you can turn off your notifications from social media and only allow yourself to check at a specific time.
- Stop multitasking. Your work might require you to do many things at once. However, multitasking prevents you from being productive and from doing your best work. If you focus on one task at a time, you’ll feel calmer and perform with less stress.