Stress, anxiety and burnout are issues that in the modern 24/7 world are becoming increasingly common, but what is it and how can we recognize and avoid it.
Michael Gungor describes it as this ‘Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long’
Most of us have busy lives, being the partner, parent or professional and often fulfilling these roles is unavoidable, so its essential we make space and time for us.
Most of the stress we face may be something we cant change or avoid, the traffic, tech issues, workload, children, Covid regulation changes – some we can influence but some we may have to learn to live at peace with. So how can we switch of our busy internal dialogue to be at ease with the continually ‘spinning plates’ in life
Firstly, lets look at how we can recognize we are approaching burnout and need to apply some early intervention which could prevent an inevitable crash.
What do you notice in yourself when you are stressed? How do you feel? Agitated, overwhelmed, like you cant cope or take much more, figgity, anxious, nervous – the list goes on as we are all different. Its also worth noting we all see things differently so what stresses me to the max you may face with ease.
What about the physical signs of stress? It could be some of the more well known like heart rate increase, breathing patterns change, sweating, nausea or something that’s been branded our Stress Signature. This refers to the unique thing that we do when we start to become nervous, anxious, worried or stressed. You might pick, bite your lip, curl your hair, tap your leg, bite your nails – again the list goes on.
Add to this how someone might behave when they are stressed, things like being snappy, short, agitated or aggressive – there is no complete catalogue of the ways stress and burnout may present and there is also no MRI Scan or X Ray to evidence i!.
So we rely on healthy self reflection and the best proven way to let out some of this stress we often have to live with is to take some time for you, doing the things you enjoy.
The most common ways to unwind are things like exercise, nature, meditation and mindfulness (more about this on the next blog) creativity, reading but we are all different.
When was the last time you took timeout for you? Ask your self when you last did that thing you enjoy?
And its not easy to create this time but you cant pour from an empty cup! Non of us our going to get to the end of our lives, look back and reflect and say….’I wish I had sent more emails’
Self care is not selfish, its ok to sometimes put yourself first.
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