What causes Stress and Ways to handle it! - Recognize the symptoms of burnout

When it comes to dealing with mental or physical exhaustion, recognizing the symptoms is half the battle.

When you hear the word ‘burnout’, you might be reminded of the famous racing game. But that’s not what we are talking about here! The psychological definition of burnout is ‘a condition of long term exhaustion along with diminished interest’. Every now and then most of us tend to hit the wall. While many bounce back fairly quickly, for others, it may take a wee bit longer to recognize the symptoms and get back in the swing of things.

A sense of detachment from everything happening around you are signs that you’re close to being burnt out. It’s usually the result of being under too much pressure.

More often than not, burnout is associated with our emotional well-being. With our fast-paced lifestyle and its modern mantra of ‘work hard and party harder’, one tends to be physically exhausted with late night parties that extend into the morning, even during the week.

So, how do you recognize the symptoms of burnout?  

It need not hit you like a ton of bricks. To begin with, you might feel low for no specific reason. If you are up late working or exercising too hard, a physical burnout is not too far away. Unlike physical exhaustion, the stress that can cause emotional burnout is harder to recognize. But if you feel dissatisfied with work or if you feel like your creative juices are just not flowing, a burnout might not be too far away.

There are several ways to prevent burnout and fight stress. Instead of popping pills to lower the anxiety levels, try a fresh start to the day. A bit of meditation will relax the mind, or jog a couple of rounds in the nearby park. You might want to try sipping on your tea sitting in your garden.

 Be careful not to overdo the coffee/tea whenever you feel a yawn-attack coming on! Instead, choose something healthier like green tea, lemonade or plain water.

Just like gadgets need recharging, so do your body and mind. Technology connects us to everything and everybody all the time. There’s no better way to recharge than getting away from the grind.

- Alekhya Reddy
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