What Is Burnout? Prevention and Treatment

The magnifying stage of workload is stress, and the superlative is burnout. With burnout, an employee has gone so far and so far beyond his limits that his body says “I am not participating anymore; just sit down first and see what you are doing.

What Is Burnout?



 " As a rule, he no longer feels worth anything and thinks he cannot do anything anymore. He withdraws from his social life, while he may still be social, but he is no longer there. 
And finally, he no longer knows what he wants. He has lost his inspiration, his own course. The person threatens to withdraw completely physically, emotionally, intellectually and with his inspiration.
 This whole pattern is serious for the person because he cannot continue like this and serious for the company where he works because it costs a lot of money. Burnout is gratifying when you see it as a fruitful moment to really organize your life and work differently. Our first concern and attention goes to the person and how he regains the freedom to follow his own course in life and work and how he can get back to work with a new perspective.

What are the characteristics of burnout?

We have listed the most important signs of burnout. Awareness and acceptance of the burnout problem are essential to answer the problem. When we are able to improve our awareness of our stressors, the stress process and the consequences of our response, we can change our experience of the stress situation. When we change the experience we can also change the effects of stress on ourselves. Known signs of burnout are:

Physically:

No more recovering from tiredness, aggravated psychosomatic complaints, sleep disorders, increased nicotine, caffeine and alcohol use.

Feelings:

Feeling "empty", like numb life, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, quick upset, sudden, intense emotionalization, loss of confidence, feeling unable to cope with everything.

Thoughts:

Concentration difficulties, chaotic, grinding thoughts, fixation on certain thoughts, indecision, with the thoughts being elsewhere, forgetfulness.

Behaviour:

Acting on autopilot, complaining a lot, apathy, isolating, making more mistakes and accidents, impatient, easily irritated, unable to relax.

Interpersonal behavior:

No longer "being present" in relationships, reduced need for intimacy and sex, unreasonable, conflicting behavior, loss of interest in dealing with friends, intolerance, experiencing others as a burden, not asking for and accepting help.

Work performance:

Decreasing professionalism, reduced quantity, avoiding tasks, making more mistakes, perfectionism, obsessed with details, avoiding responsibilities, decreasing professional and ethical standards.

Posture:

Loss of motivation, complaining, loss of interest interspersed with increased fighting spirit, demoralized, negative, critical attitude, powerlessness, feeling of failure, apathy, lack of self-confidence, more frequent absence, thinking of new career or job.

Werkrelaties:

With regard to clients. Loss of empathy and compassion, careless with professional boundaries, emotional distance, impatience, isolation, poor communication, conflicts, avoiding asking for personal and professional help.
If we recognize several of the above characteristics, it is good to take a good look at your own situation. Be alert so that burnout does not strike unnoticed in your life. It is clear that the above signals by definition aggravate the problem, create new stressors and we can easily and unconsciously end up in a vicious circle that is difficult to break. Awareness is an important key in the recovery process of burnout and therefore it is good to look at the possible causes of burnout.

Burnout and your environment:

Before you are confronted with yourself and it has been established that you are a burnout, you have already had a long agony. A burnout patient often has a very difficult burn-in period. It is often forgotten that there is a partner behind the patient.
 For this partner it is often just as difficult and sometimes perhaps more difficult. The partner often has a good idea that a burnout is emerging. The partner is often powerless because the (future) burnout patient does not want to hear about the almost unacceptable situation in which he / she is in.
 Good advice is ignored and misunderstanding everywhere. The burnout patient often unjustly responds to the partner. In addition, the partner also has his or her problems and is therefore often unable to go to the other because he / she is already struggling enough with their own situation and is often unable to take on the other person's problems. For the partner, the burnin process often means change. There are burnout patients who, by following therapies, do not get a different personality, but who can change their behavior. This can also have consequences for the partner and the relationship. The immediate environment of a (future) burnout patient is therefore often alone and in the cold. 
Therefore do not forget the environment! There are burnout patients who, by following therapies, do not get a different personality, but who can change their behavior. This can also have consequences for the partner and the relationship. The immediate environment of a (future) burnout patient is therefore often alone and in the cold. Therefore do not forget the environment! There are burnout patients who, by following therapies, do not get a different personality, but who can change their behavior. This can also have consequences for the partner and the relationship. The immediate environment of a (future) burnout patient is therefore often alone and in the cold. Therefore do not forget the environment!

Tips to get back out of the burnout:

  • Find relaxation and distance yourself from work, the priorities are with you.
  • Recognize that you have a problem.
  • Help and social support from your immediate environment (partner, friends or acquaintances).
  • Seek professional help from a general practitioner or company doctor.
  • The will to do something about it.
  • Make choices and dare to implement.
  • Recognize and accept the associated consequences.
  • Being open to changes.
  • Allow yourself a moment of peace by going to the sauna .
Burnout can, if you want to do something about it, a number of important positive things:
  • The positive consequences within your relationship.
  • The positive view of life, seize the day.
  • Being able to relax, laugh and enjoy again, even the little things.
  • No more robbing yourself, so a healthy lifestyle.
  • No more hindrance from what others think of you.
  • Good is good enough and it may even be a little less.
  • Proud of the decisions made not to withdraw to the issues of the day.
  • Put the techniques and skills that you have learned into practice.
So there are also many positive aspects to burnout, I am glad it happened to me because it gives a new meaning to my life.

What is burnout treatment?

The treatment of burnout is primarily focused on rest and relaxation and uncovering the cause of the burnout. You will also have to work on change, because resting is not enough to cure a burnout. Changing your attitude, thinking and possibly your working environment is difficult. It is wise to seek help with change. That is possible with / with:
  • your doctor. He can possibly refer you (to a psychologist for example) and if necessary prescribe antidepressants.
  • your employer. Your boss is responsible for good working conditions. For example, that can also mean that he pays a retraining course for you.
  • the company doctor. You can follow training courses to better deal with work stress via the occupational health and safety service or working conditions doctor. You can also go to a mental health care institution in your area for these training courses.
  • a psychologist. With psychotherapy, assertiveness training and behavioral therapy you learn to look differently in life and say 'no'. For this you can go to an institution for mental health care or a first-line psychologist.
  • relaxing techniques, such as breathing therapy, relaxation exercises and massages .

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