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Eternally tired or burnt out?

17 Jul, 2019
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Eternally tired or burnt out?

Are you someone who wakes up each morning feeling like the world has crashed on you for no reason? Constant and unreasonable body aches and that recurrent feeling of being exhausted. Hate that train journey, don’t you? Oh, let’s completely eliminate the topic of how annoying your seniors at work can get.

That constant tiredness that you experience alongside unreasonable body pain and unmanageable job stress could be a sign of burnout. Burnout, a term that recently came to the fore isn’t actually all that new. It was first used in 1974 by Herbert Freudenberger, in his book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement. He defined the term as, “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.” In other words, it is a state when your emotional, physical and psychological tank hits an all-time low due to overworking.

As you read this definition, you might feel like you feel it all at once. Well, YES YOU DO. The condition is seen to rise in the current times and is characterized by exhaustion, less resonation with the job at hand and reduced professional ability.

What is the way out?

Remember the days when you would return from your school and just sit on your couch and watch TV? No worries about paying bills, no responsibility of cooking each day, or running the whole house. Don’t you feel like wanting that lifestyle all over again? The trouble is, you are not doing anything to cope with burnout. We give you 3 easy ways to cope with burnout:

  1. Acknowledge and Stop: Majority of our lives are spent in the workplace. Certain industries tax you more than others. Creative energies or work that involves your mental efforts more like journalism, advertising agencies work 24*7. Very commonly, we live in denial when it comes to over-working. Just plainly accept that you are over-worked and make sure you talk to your seniors and make it a point to STOP at some point. Draw a line between over-exertion and work pressure and STOP it there.
  2. Take Mini-retreats: What is it that you do as you reach home from work? Probably just crib about how your presentation was horrible and cook that meal and rant about everything, open your Instagram account and watch others have fun and just quietly sleep. Do you see that pattern? BREAK THAT. Go back home and do whatever that can help you calm down. For me personally, it is to wash utensils. Funny, eh? Maybe you should opt for weekend getaways or stay-at-home retreats that can go-to hygge at home!
  3. Get plenty of sleep: Whoever tells you that sleep isn’t their favourite thing on earth, IS LYING! Just curl on your bed and sleep to glory. When you are stressed and exhausted, you will not be able to sleep easily but make it a habit to sleep for 8 hours each night.

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