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Burnout: What It Is and How to Overcome It – The Complete Guide

By Tiffiny J. Fambro | Confidence

Feb 01
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Burnout is the term used to talk about the reaction that you have to prolonged continuous stress. Whether that’s chronic stress or stress that’s very intense, and in the moment.

Some of the signs of burnout include:

  • Exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Crying
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Heart attack

So, what do you do when you have a burn out? Well, let me tell you, I am very familiar with this issue, as I have experienced burnout at different points of my life, and I can say that there are a few things you can do to solve this issue.

The Burnout Experience and Why You Must Fix It

Sometimes my burnouts were job-related, sometimes the burnout was relationship-related, then sometimes they were caregiver-related- having to take care of a sick family member for a prolonged period and feeling burned out.

You may be in a situation, especially during this time of the pandemic, where you are at home with your children, possibly working from home and/or taking care of a sick relative.

The reason it is so important to understand what to do if you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of burnout is that it is extremely difficult to have a joyous, happy, confident, vibrant life when dealing with burnout. You can’t move forward if you’re stuck in a cycle of exhaustion, panic attacks, anxiety, and depression.

How to Overcome Burnout

Learning how to overcome burnout is essential for anyone looking to take their life to the next level. Failure to do so will make it difficult to do the things necessary to progress in life.

Here’s how you can overcome burnout:

  1. Set boundaries
  2. Self-care
  3. Professional support or group support

Let’s go over these things in more detail.

1. Set Boundaries

The first thing you need to do to help you with burnout is to set boundaries. Meaning, you need to have boundaries for your life as far as how far you’re going to allow the negativity or whatever it is you’re going through to affect you.

If you are getting burnt out from your career, it may be time to have a conversation with your employer or your manager. Explain to them that you are being emotionally, physically, and psychologically affected by your job. You may need an assistant or to delegate some of the work tasks, or you may need to have a set time when you are actually off work.

If you are feeling burnt out from your job, it’s time to have a conversation with your employer, because what you don’t want to happen is for you to get so physically ill that you can no longer work.

Another way to set boundaries in your life is within personal relationships. This may involve confronting your partner or your spouse, explaining what you are experiencing, and working together to create a solution to help you cope. Perhaps having a babysitter a couple of days a week for the kids, or hiring an in-home nurse to take care of a sick relative, or just giving each other space.

2. Self-Care

The next thing that you need to do to help you with burnout is self-care. Yes, you need to schedule time for self-care. Literally, on your calendar, you need to have a block of space where you have time for self-care.

Self-care may look different for a lot of different women. Some activities could include getting a massage, exercise, going for a walk, self-meditation, yoga, getting your hair and your nails done. Self-care could just be watching TV and eating popcorn.

The bottom line is, you need to have time for yourself where you’re taking care of yourself.

3. Professional Support or Group Support

You may be past the point of scheduling self-care, and you may be past the point of boundaries. You may be in a situation where you need professional help, where you need to talk to someone, whether that be a therapist or a life coach, or even a support group. There are times when you need to get some physical intervention where someone else steps in and gives you a helping hand.

There are a lot of different professionals, it just depends on where you are on the spectrum. If you need psychological help, definitely talk to a therapist or a counselor or a social worker, or a licensed practitioner.

If you feel like you need to get to that point of setting out your goals, figuring out how to get more balance in your life, figuring out the next steps of where you want to be then you may need a life coach.

Or, it may be a support group, whether that’s an online support group where you can talk to people online that are going through similar things or a mom’s Facebook group.

Conclusion

These are just a couple of ways that you can combat burnout to help you move forward in life. The bottom line is not to allow burnout to completely cripple you from living a satisfying and enjoyable life.

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About the Author

Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love

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