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Prevent Burnout

How we prevent burnout for ourselves and our teams is just as important as the building blocks of a healthy life: diet, sleep, and exercise. Developing and maintaining our mental health and relational health is essential if we want to be healthy and prevent burnout.

What is Burnout?

First, Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. Though it’s most often caused by problems at work, it can also appear in other areas of life, such as parenting, caretaking, or romantic relationships. If this definition feel familiar to you, you might need to take a deep breath and read the rest of this blog.

Why people Burnout

Furthermore, According to the Mayo Clinic, people can burnout for the following reasons:

  • You report having a heavy workload and working long hours.
  • You are struggling with work-life balance.
  • You might be working in a helping profession, such as health care, that involves a lot of giving to others.
  • You might be experiencing feelings of having little or no control over work.
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Medical Signs of Burnout

Up next, Burnout is a complex phenomenon that can have significant physical, emotional, and cognitive effects on individuals. While burnout is not a medical diagnosis in itself, it can manifest in a variety of ways and may impact physical health in several ways. So, here are some of the medical consequences and physiological changes associated with burnout:

  1. Exhaustion: This is physical and mental fatigue. Chronic stress and overwork can deplete the body’s energy reserves, leading to feelings of extreme tiredness and lethargy.
  2. Sleep Disturbances: Disruptions in sleep patterns and lead to difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restful sleep.
  3. Weakened Immune System: Prolonged stress and burnout can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections, illnesses, and chronic health conditions.
  4. Muscle Tension and Pain: Burnout can cause muscle tension, stiffness, and pain, particularly in areas of the body that are commonly affected by stress, such as the neck, shoulders, and back.
  5. Cardiovascular Health: Chronic stress and burnout have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
  6. Gastrointestinal Disturbances: Stress and burnout can disrupt digestive function and contribute to gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and stomach ulcers.
  7. Hormonal Imbalances: Prolonged stress and burnout can dysregulate the body’s hormonal systems, including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic nervous system.
  8. Mental Health Conditions: Burnout is closely linked to mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
  9. Cognitive Impairments: Burnout can impair cognitive function and lead to difficulties with concentration, memory, decision-making, and problem-solving.
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How to Prevent Burnout

Lastly, According to Medical News Today, some of the best ways to prevent burnout are: Recognize signs of stress, set boundaries, be intentional about time in work and life, practice self-care, take regular breaks, and build a support network.

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