Living a balanced life is very important in managing our stress levels and preventing burnout. What’s burnout, you ask? Burnout is a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment. When stress in our lives is not recognized and attended to, it can turn into burnout.
While stress is a part of our everyday lives, burnout is preventable. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that about 2 of every 3 doctor visits are stress-related. In addition, many physical symptoms we experience such as headaches, backaches, upset stomachs and sleeplessness can be the result of stress in our lives. These symptoms may be our body’s way of telling us to slow down, better manage our stress, and balance our lives.
Take steps each day to manage your stress and prevent burnout. Stress management techniques can help you relax, relieve tension and counteract the negative health effects of stress. Practicing relaxation techniques can improve your physical response to stress by slowing heart rate and breathing rate, lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow to major muscles, and reducing muscle tension. Nip burnout in the bud and discover ways you can manage your stress!
Did You Know?
- In 2012, 65 percent of Americans cited work as a top source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual Stress in America Survey.
- Only 37 percent of Americans surveyed said they were doing an excellent or very good job managing stress.
- Adults continue to report high levels of stress and many report that their stress has increased over the past year (APA).
Tips for Preventing Burnout
Five ways to combat burnout include:
- Physical Health – Exercise to release endorphins and consume healthy foods!
- Intellectual Stimulation – Read a book or learn about current events.
- Self-Introspection – Meditate, reflect, and be mindful.
- Social Interaction – Spend time with loved ones.
- Celebrate Victories – Don’t forget to reward yourself!