'Burned out' symptoms include severe fatigue, loss of interest in life, eating disorders, headaches, feeling ill, and difficulty in facing the day and your job, emotional outbreaks, inability to concentrate or focus, agitation, hopelessness and crying. A nervous or physical breakdown is one of the final results of not dealing with these symptoms.
These symptoms are also the symptoms of depression and hormonal imbalance in women. The difference is in the severity of the above symptoms and the length of time you have suffered from it, and the effect on your daily activity.
Only a physician can perhaps diagnose which and what you are suffering from. There are also some diseases where these same symptoms come into play. An overall complete physical and whole health evaluation should be one of your first steps in this process. This includes lab tests, thyroid tests, hormone levels, CBC, heart evaluation, and a female exam.
If your life has been laden with hard circumstances and overwork, at least one of the issues is "burn out syndrome'!
Overwork, years of it can cause illness and imbalance.
There used to be a saying, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. This statement applies to 'Burn Out!'.
Steps to take back your life and emotions:
These are steps you can use to unburden your over loaded wagon of life stuff that is causing burn out, depression, and ill health.
Start out by listing your blessings first from small ones to the bigger ones....even simple things such as your garden or your pets, your friends, your family, food on the table. Do not stop writing until you have a whole page of them. Compare your life to those less fortunate to make it easier. Read that list every morning and add to it.
Health Habits that reduce stress:
Meditation, music, singing, sewing, and gardening just to same several. Take 20 to 30 min for yourself. Leave the dishes and the wash for later. Do that much if not more for your own peace of mind.
I you are sleeping poorly, take steps to get more restful sleep. They are herbs to help insomnia such as ashwaganda.
Reduce sugar intake, junk food intake, and soda. Try to improve your diet and eat more good foods like salads.
Walk for a few minutes or exercise with your children or your dog. Do what you can with your overloaded schedule but make it a ritual.
Take a good vitamin with heavy B-Complex of 50mg each.
Add magnesium to your regimen which can soothe nerves that are raw.
Dissecting your overload......Next Steps:
- Now write down on paper the reason or reasons you are burned out. You need to face where your life is at that point.
- Put them into the order of importance and how they are affecting on your life and health.
The next step is to take each one and determine which ones, if any, can be solved now, which ones in the near future, and which ones are present now such as a dying relative that you can't do much about.
- Next list steps you have taken or should take for each problem. Write these answers in detail. List what has to be done, what has to be followed up, and possible new answers to research.
Perhaps paperwork to do taxes or applying for help of one kind or another. It could be phone calls to resolve your situation you have avoided. It could be getting your resume updated or the chore of filling out job applications. If it is an elderly parent you are taking care of, perhaps seek help to find respite help. Ask family members to give you a break. Set your pride down and ask!
I have found through the years, if your pursue the answers to your problem hard and long enough, there is an answer. Not always but often we give up on solving the problem and throw up our hands and say there is nothing to do.
Brainstorm with friends to see if they have any suggestions.
Call the senior center or other government agencies to see if they have any referrals to solve your problem.
Churches and their services might be an answer. There are food banks that can offer help.
If there is no help at this point then the only thing you can change is the way you are reacting to the problem. You must then work to control your mind in dealing with the block that cannot be broken today. It does not mean that it can't be solved tomorrow or a few weeks later. Your situation may seem like forever but often it is temporary. Once you have done everything today that can be done, stop obsessing over it. That is easier said that done but you must stop your mind from running these negative dialogues. When my father-in-law was dying, each day seemed like eternity. Each day was filled with so much uncertainty that I could hardly get through. There are times when situations feel like they will brake us. There are times we feel unable to carry the load one more hour. That is when you pray for strength and help. I can remember telling God one day, that I could not keep it up. I asked him to give me help. He did even though it was not that day or that week. I did get through it until the load was taken from me.
Stop the chatter in your head that keeps on what if this happens or what if that occurs. It may be chatter that says you are not going to get a new job or that you will never get out of debt. It may be chatter you are a loser. Chatter is never positive. If it is anger, you must find a positive way to contain it or work it out in a positive way such as physical exercise.
For those of you who believe in God as I do:
The serenity prayer has been one of my staples for getting through the hard times.
The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). The best-known form is: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.
Write down a plan of action with goals and dates. Write down what you are going to do and how.
You must write it down with dates for it to work.
Once you do this and come up with a plan of action for today, tomorrow, this month,and this year you should see some light at the end of the tunnel and feel less stressed. A plan of action that you DO will reduce your feeling of helplessness and panic. Try to do one thing on your plan of action each day or each week. Even if you can only do one thing on your list, that will be one step forward. it will be one step to improve your life and health.
Faith in God and prayer is always there to help me through each day.
I do hope this helps and I write this out of experience. I have been there.
God bless you this week. Kate the Herbladyisin