— when stress becomes debilitating
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Symptoms and effects of burnout
Most of us have days when we temporarily feel overloaded, but when the pressure of constant stress becomes intolerable it can take a massive toll on our wellbeing. Burnout reduces a person’s productivity and saps their energy, and can leave them feeling hopeless, angry and resentful. It can also lead to physical problems such as heart palpitations, chest pains, and recurrent sickness. It can also be associated with the increased use of alcohol or other substances.
The most common symptoms of burnout
- severe exhaustion and excessive workload
- cynical attitude and behaviour
- mood swings and the absence of positive emotions
- catastrophic thoughts
- lack of support or rewards
- lack of motivation
Stressful experiences that can contribute to burnout can include a heavy workload, financial or legal difficulties, family arguments, relationship problems, health issues or the loss of a loved one. However, with professional help and support from qualified clinical experts, it is possible to overcome burnout by learning to process stress in a healthy way. If you believe you may be suffering from burnout please contact us.