Updated: May 25

So, you’ve reached burn-out?

Unfortunately burn-out is all too common these days, and something that I witness a lot.

With the overwhelming demands placed on us to be more, do more, and achieve more, as a society we are constantly pushing harder to keep up!

But, when we ignore the signs our body is giving us, and simply “soldier on”, I believe burn-out isn’t a case of IF, but WHEN!

So what are these warning signs we should be paying close attention to?

· Changes in appetite and digestion

· An increase in stress and anxiety

· Trouble dealing with your stress

· Disturbed sleep and having trouble “switching off”

· Reacting emotionally and feeling unstable

· Forgetfulness

· You begin to push people away, or lay blame

If we don’t stop and pause when we see these warning signs appear, our minds and bodies will eventually reach breaking point. The point where suddenly you can no longer handle “life” in general. Where, when you seemed to be able to juggle everything in the past, you can no longer think of more than one thing at a time.

It’s at this point you will reach the need to check out of life completely!

Not only does burn-out cause serious implications on our health and wellness, but we reach a state of total unproductivity.

While under less stress, we may have still been able to cope with our everyday demands, when we reach the point of burn-out, we can no longer do what used to feel like simple tasks, and our relationships (romantic, family, friends and work) suffer as a result.

So, why am I telling you this?

Because we simply cannot continue to further damage our minds and bodies by “pushing through” the warning signs!

Making a “burn-out” come back can be a slow and frustrating road, and it’s something that could be avoided if we stop and listen to what our bodies are screaming out for…REST and RECOVERY!

When you feel these warning signs begin to appear, I encourage you to reach out to your loved ones, adopt some self-care routines, and take care of who matters – YOU!

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we are inconveniencing others by asking for help or advice, but that’s why we have these special people in our lives in the first place – to offer the life raft to us when we can no longer swim ourselves!

There is no shame in asking for help, in slowing down a little, or in saying “No” to something that will just load your plate even higher, especially if it means you won’t reach complete burn-out before it’s too late! - Zoe Hyde

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