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Burnout: Symptoms, Prevention, and Recovery

More than a year has passed since the World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. As lockdowns come and go and come back again, it's pretty normal to lose hope and feel depleted. Add mounting pressures from your professional and personal life, and you might be on the road to burnout without even knowing it.


How can we recognize if we're experiencing burnout? How can we prevent or mitigate the effects of burnout? How can we recover from burnout? Today, we'll try to answer all of these burning questions—no pun intended.


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Signs of Burnout


What is burnout? By definition, it is a condition that is caused by prolonged, excessive levels of stress. Burnout manifests itself physically, mentally, and emotionally, and its symptoms can seep into every aspect of a person's life. Due to the damaging nature of this condition, it's important to identify the signs as soon as possible in order to prevent or treat it.


Here are some signs that you might be experiencing burnout:

  • Every day feels like a bad day.

  • You find it difficult to care.

  • Your eating habits have become erratic.

  • Your sleep schedule has become erratic.

  • You feel like your efforts are meaningless or unappreciated.

  • You feel tired all the time.


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Preventing Burnout


Much like any condition, the best way to prevent burnout is early detection and identification. If you can recognize the signs before they get worse, you can start taking steps to mitigate their effects.


How does one prevent burnout before its more severe symptoms take hold? The most obvious way is to avoid the source of your stress. While this is easier said than done, it is the most effective way to stop burnout in its tracks.


Self-reflection is vital to prevent burnout as being aware of your physical, mental, and emotional states will enable you to detect if any symptoms are manifesting. Adopting a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and following a well-balanced diet will also do wonders to help prevent burnout.


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Recovering From Burnout


What is burnout? By definition, it is a condition that is caused by prolonged, excessive levels of stress. Burnout manifests itself physically, mentally, and emotionally, and its symptoms can seep into eve of a person's life. Due to the damaging nature of burnout, it's important to identify signs as soon as possible in order to treat it.t it. it.it.t.. it.it.t..

  1. Recognition - Realize that you have a problem.

  2. Reversal - Seek help and manage your stress levels in order to undo the damage.

  3. Resilience - Build up your physical, mental, and emotional resistance to stress to ensure that you don't relapse.

Remember, taking care of your business means taking care of yourself, too. If you need help offloading some of your work, then a virtual assistant is the solution to your problems. Don't hesitate to reach out to us at TopVA. We'd be more than happy to assist you!


Sources:

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm

https://inside.ewu.edu/calelearning/psychological-skills/preventing-burnout/

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