What is it?
A state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place. Burnout reduces productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give. [Source]
What are the symptoms?
Burnout is a process that happens over time and the signs and symptoms can compound if left unchecked. Practicing self-care can help you feel fulfilled instead of running on empty and attending to the signs when they are present will help prevent burnout. Symptoms can show up in a number of places of your life like physical, emotional, and behavioral areas. For a more complete list of signs and symptoms follow this link.
Signs and symptoms:
- Tired and drained most of the time
- Loss of motivation
- Decreased satisfaction
- Sense of failure
Are you planning to make goals for the new year?
Making New Year resolutions are great and fun but sometimes they can be hard to stick to, ya know? This year try thinking about those same goals as a lifestyle change and also give your goals some weight by using the SMART goal technique.
Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
Consider adding these ideas to your new year planning…
- One word: this is the idea of choosing one word that will be the focus of your year. Choose a word that will be meaningful to you. Examples; consistent, grace, love, kindness, routine, plan, intention, slow, accept, etc.
- Quote: this is the idea of choosing a quote that will be the focus of your year. Choose something that will be meaningful to you. Example; you are loved, you matter, you are needed. No matter what, you are loved.