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Burnout is Real…

We are FINALLY acknowledging burnout as a real thing and I am ecstatic about it because we (those complaining) weren’t just being dramatic.

Let’s be real, work life balance is always the key and main goal to ANY job you have. In a recent interview with Rihanna she explained how she has to implement scheduled personal days to keep her sanity. But, with work life balance comes…essentially…less money! #truths

#truths I love my job. However, I don’t love that the amount of money can sometimes correlate to the length of time I have to work or stay at work. Haha, we all have the same problem. In so many words, I’m not trying to work to live.

Guess what? That is THEE absolute first way to lead anybody into complete burnout. We all have the same thought Sunday morning when we wake up, ‘dang, I got to go to work tomorrow. ‘ and sometimes it can show up in our job performance, social atmosphere at work, or just plain ole’ running out of the door at 5PM.

Burnout is defined as a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.

CNN just released an article that’s states it has just become an official medical diagnosis. It stated that it can be diagnosed if a person has the following symptoms;

1. feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
2. increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
3. reduced professional efficacy

This can in turn, show up in various aspects of life, home, and work. The feeling of burnout can often feel debilitating, as it can be confused with extreme stress and depression. If this sounds like you, make an appointment with your physician who can likely point you in the right direction of a good psychologist or psychiatrist. But, if you can’t get to them fast enough try adjusting or adding a few of the listed points below and see if that helps.

1.Get plenty of sleep

This is pretty self explanatory. However, many people don’t follow it. I try to be in bed every night by 9PM and asleep by 10PM, but sometimes I stay up until 11PM or 12AM so that I can break habit. Habit for me can cause burnout– Backwards I know.

2. Schedule time for yourself

That can be in any form of being with fully focusing on being alone. That can be in the form of taking a yoga class, getting a facial, or turning off the phone and enjoying a hot bubble bath.

3. Be vocal

Who knows to help you if you don’t tell anyone?

4. Take some time off

While this is not ideal for many of us, sometimes its just plain ole necessary.  That can be anything from taking a Thursday and Friday off to taking a full weeks vacation.

While this does not replace the advice of a physician or therapist it may help a little. Sometimes adjusting our schedule and placing ourselves first is the only solution to a lot of mood transitions.



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