We all experience stress from time to time, as I've already discussed on this blog. But sometimes, that stress can turn into something more. Today, I'm going to look at burnout - what is it, what are the signs of it, and what can you do about it.
What is burnout?
Burnout is what happens when the body has been under a large amount of stress for a long time, and your ability to cope with that stress becomes compromised. It is a state of complete exhaustion - mental, physical and psychological. The term "burnout" was first coined in the 1970s, so it's been around for a while now - it isn't a clinical diagnosis in the same way that depression, or PTSD are, but it is a cluster of recognisable symptoms that can be really difficult to manage.
What are some of the symptoms of burnout?
What can I do about it?
If you're struggling with some of the above symptoms, here are some things you can do to start to regain control:
Do you have any tips on managing burnout? Let me know in the comments.
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Dr Sarah Blackshaw: Clinical Psychologist, blogger, tea drinker, interested in dinosaurs and shiny objects