These are busy times and perhaps that is why you experience stress. But do you have the feeling that this is going through and that you are starting to become overstressed? Read all about the causes, symptoms and treatment of burnout here.
What exactly is a burnout?
Valerie Ritchie, psychologist at MIND Korlatie, explains that burnout is often a serious form of work-related stress, which manifests itself in physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. Anyone can get a burnout, but there are a number of risk factors, such as: high work pressure, perfectionism, insufficient rest and relaxation or uncertainty.
Read all about stress in this article.
What are the first symptoms of a burnout?
“People with burnout often experience extreme fatigue, insomnia, concentration problems, anxiety or depression,” Ritchie explains. Nic Oosterveer, trainer and burnout coach at Mindtuning (a methodology aimed at resolving burnout complaints), explains how you can recognize an incipient burnout.
What physical complaints do you have with burnout?
- You are extremely tired
- You sleep poorly
- You cannot concentrate well
- You are easily irritated
- Your emotions are flying in all directions
- You worry a lot
- You suffer from vibrations
- You perspire a lot
Do you recognize these symptoms? Then it is wise to seek professional help. Contact your GP or make an appointment with a specialist.
Do I have depression or burnout?
“With depression, intense sadness predominates,” says Ritchie. ‘A burnout can also make you depressed due to overload and exhaustion.’ In other words: burnout can occur due to persistent stress and excessive strain, while depression can occur without these factors.
‘In addition, burnout is often associated with work-related problems, while depression affects different areas of life,’ adds psychologist Lotte Sloothaak.
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How long can you not work with a burnout?
Recovering from a burnout differs per person. “It is important to maintain a daily rhythm and consider professional guidance from a burnout coach to make adjustments and manage your stress,” says Sloothaak.
Ritchie warns not to pick up everything too quickly. ‘Returning to ‘normal’ life too quickly can increase the risk of relapse.’
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