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  • Gracie Williams

Burnout: When Stress Reaches The Limit

Have you ever felt like you have given all that you can or you feel like you have been so stressed that you can’t even function anymore and you almost feel “numb?

If yes, then you have experienced burnout.

In honour of Stress Awareness Month (April), we want to share with you what happens when we don’t look after ourselves and let our stress get the better of us.

Burnout is what we call it when we push ourselves too far or become overly stressed that we don’t even feel the stress anymore.

Mental Health UK describe burnout as “a state of physical and emotional exhaustion”. However, “burnout” is most often linked with work-life, but it also occurs in non-work-related situations. For example, experiencing a trauma can lead to severe stress which ultimately leads to burnout.

So, what are the signs and symptoms of burnout?

  • Sleeping more than usual or feeling drained regularly

  • Lack of motivation

  • Loss of joy or interest in things you usually love

  • Feeling ill/ poor immunity

  • Self-sabotaging thoughts

  • Self-doubt

  • Feeling defeated

  • Negative outlook

  • Procrastination

  • Feeling detached

How can you treat and prevent burnout?

  • Talk to someone

  • Write it out

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Meditate regularly

  • Take time out regularly

  • Make time to do things you love

  • Eat a balanced diet

  • Get out in nature often

If you feel like you need support in any of the above, we are re-launching our Facebook community group: A group for survivors and those looking for mental health support such as mindfulness and non-medical resources. We would love to see you there and have you as part of our community of strong women.

To send your invitation to join our group CLICK HERE

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