In an ideal world, we would comfortably manage our life and work commitments with ease. There would be no such thing as feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, or burnt out. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world.
We all deal with a significant amount of stress on a day-to-day basis. Some of this stress is good for us as it pushes us to succeed and improve ourselves and our situation. Pressure can be the driving force behind our personal and professional development.
What happens, however, when the stress levels increase, the workload becomes unmanageable, or forces beyond our control interfere with our role in the business? The stress that once pushed us to do better has now escalated and become a long-term issue. When we don’t resolve this problem, it can lead to a more severe outcome – burnout.
What is burnout?
According to Psychology Today, burnout is ‘a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stresses’.
It’s worth noting that burnout can affect anyone, and is more commonly linked to problems at work with up to 60% of the UK workforce reporting symptoms.
While long hours at your desk, a full workload, and team logistics can influence your mental, emotional, and physical health, it’s more likely for burnout to occur when you feel out of control or unsupported.
Where mild stress can often be a short-lived process, perhaps as you tackle a specific project or deadline, burnout tends to manifest after an extended period of unresolved stress that can amalgamate into a range of debilitating symptoms, such as:
- Chronic fatigue
- Behavioural changes
- Chest pains/heart palpitations
- Loss of appetite
- Poor performance
- Lack of creativity
As many of us deal with stressful situations daily, you may not recognise that you are heading for burnout. It’s worth checking if any of the symptoms above resonate with you, and if so, to seek support.
A change in career, advancement within the company, or redundancy can also be the catalyst for burnout. Any change to your usual routine can cause your brain to reach for a safe and trusted solution. However, this resolution isn’t always the best option for you.
Are you heading for burnout?
Understanding what positive mental health in the workplace means will help you, as a senior leader, to strengthen your own mental health as well as that of your team.
Recognising the signs of burnout is just as important as distinguishing the symptoms, and burnout within the work environment can manifest if you:
- Are in a role you don’t enjoy
- Feel inadequate
- Expect too much of yourself
- Feel worthless
Being aware of the signs and symptoms is the starting point for any personal and professional self-care initiative, which not only helps you to cope with burnout but to prevent it.
Burnout and the brain
Burnout not only affects you on an emotional and mental level, but it also has a detrimental effect on the anatomy of your brain. Research has shown that burnout can impair your people skills, social functions, and overwhelm your cognitive abilities and neuroendocrine systems. All of this can alter your brain functions.
When I work with my clients, I use specific tools to help put you back in control, and these tools support the brain while releasing the negativity that can increase your risk of burnout.
We all store bad data, such as negative emotions, feelings, memories. Through my Breakthrough Programme, we can delete this corrupted data, install a new operating system, upload new programmes and a virus protector, and re-boot your brain, so it operates at optimum capacity.
When you feel more in control, you are providing yourself with the tools to manage stress, and avoid burnout.
“I was at an all-time low when I approached Jane. I was broken! Having been in a senior role for the past 7 years, I didn’t know how to cope with the loss of a job. I felt stuck! I also knew that my future career goals would be stifled unless I cleared my own negative emotions. I needed to release these and I wanted to release these!
I didn’t want to live my life feeling worthless and stuck. Deep inside, I knew there was spark and potential. I didn’t know how to move forward. That was until I went to Jane.
She has deleted the bad data that I had unknowingly programmed and which had become part of my habits and thinking patterns, which were keeping me stuck. Thanks to my breakthrough, I am in a position to move forward with my life. I have clear goals both in my personal and professional life, and the future is exciting!” Sue, Senior Civil Servant.
Dealing with burnout
How you look after yourself is vital to achieving the work and life balance we all crave. When you reach burnout, that goal of attaining a balanced life may appear out of reach, or even impossible.
Finding your sense of purpose is one way to deal with burnout. Working with an executive coach gives you the necessary support and guidance to find your way back to that drive and focus. You may be interested in reading my post 5 Signs That You Need an Executive Coach for more information about coaching strategies.
Making a difference in your company, feeling valued, appreciated, and motivated all play a significant role in your recovery.
To deal with burnout, you need to RECOGNISE the signs and symptoms, REVERSE any damage by seeking help and support, and build up your RESILIENCE with self-care techniques for your mental, physical, and emotional mental health.
There are many tools available to you that can help reverse the damage caused by burning out. Some of these include:
- Limiting alcohol/nicotine
- Taking time off
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Setting boundaries
- Focusing on one task at a time
- Taking digital breaks
- Improving relationships at work
- Reconnecting with your passion and purpose
- Focusing on your achievements
Working with an executive coach allows you to look at each of these aspects of your life, set goals, and recognise issues or limiting beliefs that may be fuelling the fire for stress and overwhelm in your life.
My Breakthrough to Success Programme is the perfect platform to start your coaching journey.
Step 1: Discovery call to find out of this approach is suitable for you.
Step 2: Answer a range of questions and develop the best programme for your needs.
Step 3: Complete the programme and plan of action to achieve your goals.
Give yourself the support you deserve to avoid burnout and put yourself back in control.
Book a Discovery Call with Jane Hooper today.
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