We can’t have a stress response all day, no rest in between, repeat in infinity and expect to thrive. That’s modern life bonkers.Man with perspective
Burnout, occupational burnout, exhaustion disorder or once in a while even chronic fatigue syndrome seems to be used quite interchangeably. As long as everyone knows what we’re talking about that’s just fine – and the point is that it’s caused by stress without sufficient recovery for a longer duration, generally months, and can make people extremely disabled and totally unrecognizable compared to how they used to be. It seems as if it’s almost exclusively a phenomena of society today – a consequence of the stress of modern life. Where stress have turned into one of the most common reasons for sick leave today with all its long term consequences. But are the usual treatment methods really effective? How are you cared for? Is it working?
Exhaustion and burn out in its real form will lead to plenty of issues. The ones below are some of the really common ones. Recognize any of them? They are at least some of the most debilitating.
Fatigue. Energy levels that once made you productive for eighteen hours a day are now depleting practically instantly when doing something – or more or less nothing – and they barely ever recharge.
Not to mention the extreme lack of energy in the BODY – not just the MIND.
Physical pain – everywhere, or in places without any good reason what so ever. Except… there might be a reason here. Psychosomatic pain from a brain signalling for help and doing everything in its power to try to pull the emergency break for a chance to rest and recover. Some common examples are headaches, back pain and spasms, trouble with the forearms/legs and hands/feet, making the hands and feet mostly painful and dysfunctional, rather than lovely tools you’d like to use. Perhaps some chest pain?
Stress intolerance. Stress you earlier thought of as nothing suddenly seems like the whole world is coming down over you – and you break. You can’t take it. All this pressure!? Was it always like this?!
Emotions. Did you always have all of those? Did you usually get annoyed and irritated by such minor things – or cry for such minor details?
Sleep, this once lovely thing – where are you now? Nowadays it’s exhausting even to sleep. Or try to anyway. If you get any at all, in between the episodes of sleeplessness. Do you sleep anything or are you rather just rolling around in bed all night?
Depression sneaks in; helplessness, general tragedy and misery starts to be the new common theme of life.
Anxiety might creep up on you in one way or another. A new, but kinda blurry, discomfort around doing a simple thing like shopping for groceries or walk through town. Perhaps you planned something fun like going to a restaurant, travel somewhere or just go to the movies – and suddenly you stumble upon your first panic attack?
Does your heart usually race?
Gastrointestinal issues you’ve never had before suddenly start showing up?
Sensitive to stimuli like sound and lights?
Dizziness for no apparent reason along side a bunch of the other symptoms?
Perhaps you don’t suffer from all of them. If you don’t, I’m glad. But these are all common – and they are quite horrible in and of themselves. They are some really relevant things to tend to; they are far from the whole situation, but parts that are ordinary to relate to in case you are exhausted. The lovely part is that they ARE without a doubt possible to influence, change and affect without medications. I can be your guide and help you. If so, we will start out by mapping out a far bigger picture of life than just the above and then work on pinpointing what’s causing trouble – and change it.