Burnouts are a common phenomenon caused due to workplace stresses. They generally occur when the mind or body is subjected to overwhelming amounts of stress and exhaustion at work. What starts as a simple case of recurring acidity due to high stress can quickly spiral into problems like insomnia, anxiety, and burnout.
Here are a few ways to spot some of the early signs of workplace burnout as well as some strategies to ease the same.
The average corporate executive is subjected to many short-term stresses over the course of a single day. In such instances, the body releases a hormone called Cortisol in reaction to this stress. The constant accumulation of stress over days and weeks can, however, lead to long-term stress and increase the release of cortisol in your body.
Cortisol production can interfere with your cognitive functions like memory, lower your immunity, increase your weight and blood pressure in the short term, and heighten your risk for mental illnesses and burnout in the long term.
Burnout can have a range of adverse effects on your body and be a major risk factor for:
It is tempting to dive right back into your job and resume a life of hyper-productivity at the cost of your own health. It is, however, essential to avoid falling for such temptations and prioritize your physical and mental well-being before anything else.
The devil is in the details, chalk out a daily schedule that scopes out everything from your daily diet to office meetings and tasks for the day.
Sleep for at least 7-8 hours every night and exercise for at least 150 minutes in a week to reset your biological clock. Eat healthy home cooked meals upwards of 3 times a week and make time for breaks throughout your day to take stock of your stress and anxiety to prevent it from snowballing into a stressful breakdown.
Feel like you're on the verge of a burnout? Make sure you visit your physician before you jump to any conclusions as well as rule out any other health or mental conditions.